How has Modi changed India?
In 2014, Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party swept into power as India’s first single-party parliamentary majority in 30 years. Despite unfulfilled campaign promises, a renewed fervour for Indian nationalism and security issues is likely to help him at the polls. As more than 900 million voters decide on whom to cast their ballots for, we ask whether India wants five more years of Modi and the BJP.
One of Narendra Modi’s most touted campaign pledges was to create 10 million jobs annually. Instead, his government has been accused of creating India’s worst unemployment crisis in 45 years. And in India’s rural regions, a continued agrarian crisis has farmers protesting for increased subsidies and debt relief. How will economic concerns influence Indian voters at the polls?
Social media misinformation
In India – the world’s second largest Internet user market – there are fears that political misinformation via social media could impact the election. Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter are some of the platforms that have taken steps to combat fake accounts and deceptive messages ahead of voting. But even these companies say that the spread of misinformation is impossible to fully contain. What else is being done to address the issue?
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