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Narendra Modi has never been part of India's cliquish political culture. But his BJP's aggressive, unwavering, focused strategy has capitalised on a dynasty's complacency and a nation's hopes. By Pradeep Taneja.

As the Indian election looms, the nation's industrialists and media powerbrokers are performing a delicate dance of influence.
Swati Chaturvedi.

Varghese K George profiles Rahul Gandhi, a most unlucky and unlikely politician, despite his dynastic lineage. 

The sheer scale of the Indian elections can be mind boggling. Here are a few key dates and maps to help.
Ryan Sheales

Regardless of his party's final vote, Arvind Kejriwal has transformed India's political landscape. Mosiqi Acharya profiles the man whose anti-corruption zeal struck a nerve and triggered a movement.

Despite the street protests over attacks on women in India in recent years, issues of violence, gender and women's representation have been largely lost in the election campaign, argues Swati Parashar.

The monumental scale of the BJP's "Modi-slide" - and the humiliation of the ruling Congress party - is explicit in contemplating the breakdown of seats in the next Indian Parliament. 

A serious policy debate is required about the enormous challenges facing India’s system of education.

Fazal Rizvi

As voting in the epic five-week ballot reaches the half-way mark, Nicholas Reece and Souresh Roy provide a formguide to the parties to watch - their histories, their values, their prospects.

 

A comprehensive and regularly updated repository of all the major political party's election manifestos.

Narendra Modi continues to enlist masterful media strategies to keep the spotlight just where he wants it - on him. Ashok Malik continues his phase-by-phase analysis of the Indian election as the final count looms.
 

Indian students at the University of Melbourne reflect on the campaign: Oishik Sircar (doctoral candidate, Melbourne Law School), Mayur Bedre (Master of International Relations) and Shantanu Mehra (Masters of Islamic Studies, Asia Institute) join Australia India Institute fellow Nirupama Subramanian.

Behold the BJP’s victory song in all its technicolour glory (with English translations). 'Let's blow the conch, let's beat the drum ... we're all going to prosper'

India's election will take place at the intersection of two inexorable trends — urbanisation and 'youthification'.

Ashok Malik

Tomorrow is the crucial fifth phase of voting, the biggest day of the nine-phase, five-week elections schedule. Souresh Roy profiles the seats and tussles to watch. Photo: Rajasthani farmer/Flickr: Shreyans Bhansali

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