Battle for India Modi's Million-Job Challenge
If there’s one thing the next Indian Prime Minister must accomplish, it’s the creation of manufacturing jobs. Under Modi, Gujarat became famous for its friendliness to industry. But can that success be replicated at the national level?
Battle for India The Upstart Takes Aim at the King
Before voting began in Delhi’s state-assembly election earlier this month, one of the leaders of the Aam Aadmi (“Common Man”) Party, an upstart anti-corruption organization in India, told a journalist, off the record, that he didn’t expect much initial success. Ten percent of the vote would be enough, Yogendra Yadav said to Samanth Subramanian, who relates this story in the New Yorker. “I’ve seen too many vote-share tables in my life to expect miracles,” Yadav laughed. After the votes were counted in Delhi, it emerged that the AAP had won a stunning 28 seats, just three short of Narendra Modi’s BJP. Building on that spectacular success the AAP announced today that it would contest all 26 national parliament seats in Modi’s home state of Gujarat. Arvind Kejriwal, AAP’s outspoken leader, is now a man to watch in Indian politics.