Modi and Stalin won elections in India

23.05.2019

In the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the leader of the DMC party, Stalin, wins a crushing election victory. In most other states of India, Hindu nationalism leader, incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi, wins

Today, by the evening, the counting of votes in the parliamentary elections in India, in which more than 900 million people took part, will be completed. After a partial vote count, which revealed the winners and those who are leading in their constituencies, we can speak of two sensations - the general Indian and regional ones. Nationally, the ruling "Bharatiya Janata Party" (BJP) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and her allies from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) - supporters of Hindu nationalism - have won a landslide victory. Their candidates have already won or are on their way to victory in 346 electoral districts. In total, there are 543 seats in the lower house of the Indian Parliament (Lok Sabha). To get the majority in Lok Sabha you need to get 272 seats. Currently, the ruling alliance has 310 seats in the lower house of parliament, 69 in the opposition Indian National Congress (INC) and its allies.

As Minister of Internal Affairs Rajnath Singh stated in this connection, “the people of India once again gave a decisive mandate and expressed confidence in the insightful leadership of Narendra Modi and his vision of the new India.”

Modi’s main rival, the Indian National Congress (INC), Rahula Gandhi, and his allies from the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) won or won in 82 constituencies. According to forecasts, they are unlikely to take more than 100 places. According to the results of the last elections, the INC received only 44 seats, which was scandalous for this oldest Indian political party.

“We lost this battle,” admitted the Chief Minister of the State of Punjab and prominent leader of the INC Amarinder Singh.

And he is certainly right. The INC won an unconditional victory in the elections only in two notable states - Punjab and Dravidian Kerala, as well as in a few other very small ones. In most large states, the BJP wins or has already won - Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, even in Jammu and Kashmir ...

Sensation number 1

The main sensation lies in the fact that the ruling party was easily re-elected in India for a second term, even seriously improve their positions. And this is despite the fact that Indians usually punished the ruling parties at the ballot box for their hard life, which is very difficult to change. The leading opposition party, the INC, which actively flirts simultaneously with the Hindu majority, Muslims, leftist, low castes and peripheral nationalists, could not take advantage of the BJP’s miscalculations in the economy and the failure of Modi to fulfill some of the pre-election promises. The INC has improved its position after a grand failure in the previous elections, which is only natural, but only though it offered an incredible freebie during the election campaign.

Sensation number 2

Another sensation is regional in nature. However, it is very loud and very significant. Almost all seats from the southern state of Tamil Nadu in the lower house of parliament went to the regional nationalist party Dravida Munnetra Cajagam (DMC, Progressive Union of Dravidians) and its allies, including the INC, led by M.K. Stalin. This is the 66-year-old son of the well-known Tamil politician Mathuwela Karunanidhi, who lived to almost a hundred years old, named his child born in 1953 in honor of the Soviet leader. On January 3, 2013, Karunanidhi appointed Stalin as his heir in the leadership of the party, grouped around his personality, in which he already played a prominent role.

This party with very committed cadres is a champion of Dravidian, primarily Tamil nationalism, opposes the Hindi plantation in southern India, the rigor of "Brahman society" (most southerners belong to low castes), sympathetic to European culture, rationalism. The black and red colors of the party mean oppression and revolution, which will put an end to it. A crushing victory in the elections, according to Indian political scientists, will strengthen Stalin’s position at the head of the DMC and make him the leading Tamil politician. His star also shone brightly on the all-Indian political arena.

Summing up

The main outcome of the parliamentary elections in 2019 was that the BJP was able to establish the dominant role of one party in Indian politics. And a very special party.

The victory was won by the party bloc led by the BJP, which believes that many-sided India should belong primarily to Hindus, to the majority of the population, and minorities, especially Muslims, of whom there are as many in India as in Pakistan, should know their place. And although the word “democracy” is translated from Greek precisely as the power of the majority, such results cannot evoke sympathy from the West, where liberal democracy is firmly rooted: the power of liberals and minorities over the majority.

It is quite characteristic that these definitions do not in the least embarrass Indian business, which frightened the overt populism of the INC. And the prospect of instability in the country in the event of withdrawal from the opposition or weakening of the BJP. Therefore, news of the electoral success of Modi led to a sharp rise in the Indian stock market, as long as the business-respected prime minister received a vote of popular confidence.