In the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (UP), only 36.7% of households have an electricity connection, according to the 2011 Census of India. With a landslide victory secured, eyes will now turn to whether Modi and the BJP can deliver on this promise to the more than 200 million people who live in the state.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi can claim to have restored India’s economic growth trajectory and built a remarkable international profile. He has positioned himself domestically as a leader who gets things done. However, he is seeking to make fundamental changes to the relationship between New Delhi and the states, between politics and business, and, more controversially, between society and religion.
India is one of the world’s oldest and most diverse civilisations and the largest democracy in the world. However, freedom of expression for many Indians is increasingly at risk.