India is Poised for a Big Change

Prime Minister Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Prime Minister Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

The Modi vote means a new direction for the government and people.

By Rajendra Prabhu.

On May 26, India party majority government in 30 years was sworn in. Narendra Modi led the Bharatiya Janata Party to 283 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha, the Lower House of Parliament. The party’s allies bring the tally to 336, but the BJP’s own majority means minor parties cannot sway the government along regional lines. Prime Minister Modi can move forward with his agenda of pro-enterprise reforms and firm governance.

His winning slogan of “minimum government, maximum governance” united the middle classes and the entrepreneurs. Modi, three times chief minister of the entrepreneurial Gujarat state, is “unapologetically in favor of pro-market reforms,” says Sanjeev Sanyal, Deutsche Bank AG‘s global strategist. The change is significant for the officially socialist India. Modi has been called the “first post-socialist political leader”, self-made from tea vendor to chief minister to prime minister.

Alongside his bulldozer success came the crushing defeat of the Indian National Congress (INC), the left-of-center, pro-socialist party that had been in government for a total of 49 years, since independence in 1947. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) gain this election of 166 seats over its previous results paralleled the INC’s loss of 162. Despite coming in second, the INC did not even qualify to be the main opposition, gaining only 44 seats.

Modi had campaigned on a firm foreign policy stance with those neighbors of India who have pushed back against the subcontinent’s big brother over the Modi has been called the “first last decade. But Modi set the message early on that, as Prime Minister, he would …

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