Battle for States: The Precedent for the Battle for India

    Indian Politics offers a wide spectrum of narratives to be put forward, that makes for exciting debate and nail biting results. Be it interest in the national identity, communal divides or appealing to a particular social sect, Indian Politicians would perhaps make the best authors: They craft the perfect story, but then the story is not for everyone.

    The results for the Battle for States come out today and one can be rest assured the results of this election will be the precursor for the Battle for India in 2019. There are several reasons for this. The most important one being that a combination of two factors – time and demographics – where the election is taking place a little post the halfway point of the Modi governance that began in 2014 and has over one sixth of the voting population engaging in the electoral process.

    The outcome of this election will be a precursor to the Battle for India in 2019 is for more than the election, this will serve as a referendum of the policies implemented by the current Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. The most significant one perhaps is that of demonetisation, where the notes of 500 and 1000 denomination were banned. While the long term effectiveness of the policy can be debated, for now, the policy had mixed reactions from the voter to the economist.

    As the counting of the votes begins by the ECI, it’s time to think about what’s perhaps most important in life. Our choices, and their consequences.

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