While the politics of India can be a messy subject, former Washington Post correspondent Simon Denyer lays it all out in his book Rogue Elephant. In this book, he makes it easy to understand how India has come a long way as a developing nation, but also how it may have a perilous future ahead under the leadership of Narendra Modi. Written just prior to the election of Modi as Prime Minister, this book is a great look at the chaotic nature of politics in India.
The End of Progress?
Though the previous administration was rampantly corrupt, it did accomplish great things for India and was the driving force behind it becoming a major rising superpower. However, the people had many issues with it, such as a conflict between farmers and the government, and the fact that the government did little to curb violence against women. With public opinion turning, the Singh administration was ousted democratically, and replaced with Narendra Modi’s admin which would backtrack in several key areas.
One of Simon Denyer’s biggest concerns is Modi’s turn away from the secular nature of the Singh administration. This secularism reflected the growing nature of the Indian voter base and helped create a time of unprecedented peace between the Hindus and Muslims. However, Modi seems to have a disdain for secularism, in addition to several other traits that Simon Denyer finds questionable, such as his need for media attention, and his autocratic leadership style that may threaten democracy.
Political vs Economic Factors
Former Washington Post correspondent Simon Denyer also finds it ironic that most educated Indians have a problem with the country’s political structure despite advances in India’s politics over the years being its greatest victory. On top of this, he says that India’s economic progress has been directly linked to its political process. Even so, he is hopeful because the Indian people care greatly for their country and seek to improve it to know more click here.