Modi & Shah are street fighters trying to win Bengal through Hindu-Muslim polarisation. But Mamata has the same instincts and she's taking them on.
Decisive phase of polls begins with Congress & BJP in direct fight in about 150 seats. Fighting by itself, Congress looks like a lonely hare caught in glare of headlights..
The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.
Modi & the BJP hope to return to power by exploiting the fear of Pakistan. Imran Khan has turned the tables and become a factor dividing Indian public opinion.
India has about 20 strong state leaders, whose voters no national leader can take away. Even Modi & his oratory can’t swing a majority in more than 7 states.
Modi isn’t going to voters on his track record but on the fear of the terrorist across the border and the Muslims within. It’s a battle on his terms.
Congress has questions but no answers, ‘leaders’ but no winners. Weeks before polls, it’s behaving like a virtuous, anti-establishment NGO just doing its thing.
India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?
India needs to invest in its military to scare Pakistan to peace and work on its own people to understand the realities of war.
Imran Khan can carry on as in the past, or take fresh guard and begin a new innings. It will be risky, but there is a chance of success if he dares.