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Book Discussion on ‘2019: How Modi Won India’ by Rajdeep Sardesai


Watch the full video (above) of the book discussion on ‘2019: How Modi Won India’ by Rajdeep Sardesai featuring the author; Pradeep Chhibber (Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley); Rahul Verma (Fellow, CPR) and Yamini Aiyar (President and Chief Executive, CPR).

About the Book:

On 23 May 2019, when the results of the general elections were announced, Narendra Modi and the BJP-led NDA coalition were voted back to power with an overwhelming majority. To some, the numbers of Modi’s victory came as something of a surprise; for others, the BJP’s triumph was a vindication of their belief in the government and its policies. Irrespective of one’s political standpoint, one thing was beyond dispute: this was a landmark verdict, one that deserved to be reported and analysed with intelligence – and without bias. This book does that and seeks to answer the questions – what was it that gave Modi an edge over the opposition for the second time in five years? How was the BJP able to trounce its rivals in states that were once Congress bastions? What was the core issue in the election: a development agenda or national pride? As he relives the excitement of the many twists and turns that took place over the last five years, culminating in the 2019 election results, the author helps the reader make sense of the contours and characteristics of a rapidly changing India, its politics and its newsmakers.

The question and answer session that followed can be accessed here.