India is beginning to reset a brash foreign policy that has damaged ties with China and others.
While the Modi regime flounders, the RSS is succeeding in its agenda of creating a Hindu India.
Without a strategic framework foreign policy has floundered because of Modi’s personalised diplomacy.
Violent conflicts fanned by the BJP’s regressive agenda put development on the back-burner.
Muslims are on notice that their life, livelihood and religious freedom are not secure.
The controversies over India’s military are mounting as it begins to encroach on civilian space.
BJP governments, at the centre and in states, have been chipping away at the democratic laws and values of the Republic.
As growth rates dip and industries fold up, unemployment remains a terrifying prospect for young India.
The Modi government is chipping away at the institutions and traditions that define the republic.
The Doklam stand-off has reset the South Asian strategic board with India’s smaller neighbours moving closer to Beijing.
Now as in 1930s Germany, there is in India ultra-nationalism and a cult-like worship of the supreme leader.
The new normal is scary. Attacks on cow traders and dairy farmers have grown bolder by the day and become routine.
For Modi it’s all about keeping the pot stirred — be it a strike across the border, terrorism or demonetisation.
When TV channels are not waving the flag or frothing they are fawning abjectly.
Muslims and Dalits have been the violent target of the RSS-BJP’s cow politics — and this is bringing them together.
The BJP’s policy on China appears to be coloured by India’s defeat in the 1962 war that the RSS refuses to forget.
Under Modi’s watch, the brazenness of the savagery against the long persecuted Dalits is unprecedented.
Modi’s foreign jaunts are high on political theatre but have produced few outcomes of substance.
Hindutva’s loathing of liberals is a spillover from the time of Nehru whom they view with rage and envy.
The Modi regime is altering the fundamental nature of India’s democracy.