“‘He has veered away from economic issues and doubled down on traditional BJP Hindutva issues,’ said Vivek Dehejia, an economics professor at Carleton University of Ottawa, using a term that refers to a form of Hindu nationalism. ‘A win sends the message that they don’t have to worry that much about the economy, they can get re-elected without a major economics reforms push that would use political capital.’”

(Eric Bellman and Bill Spindle, “India Waits to See Which Modi Will Reign, With Polls Pointing to Re-Election,” The Wall Street Journal online)

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