Modi’s popularity is a key factor in BJP’s rise, but a lot more has had to work for the party to sustain this so far. So what's working for the BJP?
While there is considerable worry and doubt in New Delhi over the implications, it’s important not to start painting the devil on the wall, just yet.
Just a few weeks ago, the defence ministry had said the 2008 security agreement barred it from sharing this information. This set off a political storm with the Opposition ramping up pressure to seek exact details.
An overhang like the Dokalam dispute helps none. While China will be looking to drive the agenda on its terms, an intransigent India is the last thing it wants on its hands.
View: Getting ready for 2019 polls? Rise of new BJP is the big, quiet, political change now taking place
While winning polls provides a wonderful momentum that can cloak all disenchantment in its tide, it also continues to raise expectations.
For the first time, we have a face-off situation where the central purpose is to loudly and effectively assert a new line that emphasises the start of a new normal.
Trump in White House has been a chaotic streak, thus policy continuity & consistency become critical for India. New Delhi would want it to be said and written again.
The Modi government has brought a new system that has slowly unhinged certain basic assumptions in a bureaucrat’s zone of maneuverability.
If the changes set in motion by Rawat stay the course, this will mark a significant break from the pattern of working the army has had so far.
The BJP has never had a leader with such a pan-India appeal in the past. Which is the reason why the party has decided to expand its presence in a way that translates into electoral gains.
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