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.
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.
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.
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