In spring 2019, India’s 900 million registered voters will have the opportunity to cast their vote on who will govern the world’s largest democracy for the next five years. The two main contenders, the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party and the Indian National Congress offer two radically different visions for the country: a singular Indian identity versus a celebration of the country’s multi-ethnic character. But regardless of who wins, writes India expert Ruchir Sharma, India’s democracy is robust enough to withstand any attempt by a ruling party to shift the country toward autocratic rule. His analysis provides first-hand insight into India’s complex political dynamics.
In this summary, you will learn
- What’s at stake in India’s 2019 general elections,
- How India’s social and economic dynamics shape its politics and
- Why India is unlikely to succumb to authoritarianism.
About the Author
Ruchir Sharma is Head of Emerging Markets and Chief Global Strategist at Morgan Stanley Investment Management and the author of Democracy on the Road: A 25-year Journey Through India (2019).