India’s Elections: World’s Largest Democracy Fracturing

By William Holland

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India. Resized/Cropped, CC BY-SA 2.0

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India. Resized/Cropped, CC BY-SA 2.0

To say that India is fracturing isn’t groundbreaking news, its geography alone sustains cleavages that most nation states just simply couldn’t sustain. With rivers running along an east-west continental strain and sidewinding railways, Indian consciousness was always turned inward towards the tip of its Oceanic peninsula; its back facing the Himalayas, its face toward the littoral, Indian consciousness is best embodied in its non-alignment posture. A forced inward bound self-consciousness was broken in the northwest frontier. It was Maulana Azad’s memoirs revealing the geologic design dominating British perfidy at having Mountbatten place two rival dominant Muslim majorities on India’s only continental openings (today’s Pakistan & Bangladesh).

Why does this matter? By any calculation, India’s largest state, the Uttar Pradesh (UP) is home to nearly 200 million Indian Muslims. The complexity of its politics, its plethora of faiths, castes, political allegiances cannot be contained in language. It is best embodied and told by the overt garish nepotism, the boisterous rank criminality of UP rent-seeking. This raucous has affinity perhaps only in the Israeli Knesset.

Uttar Pradesh’s state capital is Lucknow. Home to India’s lower house chamber called …read more

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