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In India, a State Election Shapes the Future of a Nation

Mark Fleming-Williams
Senior Analyst, Global Economy
Mar 21, 2017 | 08:00 GMT
India's Uttar Pradesh election is critical for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
As home to some of India's most sacred sites, Uttar Pradesh makes a strong claim to being not only the country's heart but also its soul.
(SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Sometimes an election resonates far beyond the place it directly concerns. Voters in one nation can create problems for foreigners, or voters in one region can shape the fate of an entire country. This is what the citizens of Uttar Pradesh have just done for India for the second time in three years. By delivering a resounding victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in elections held between Feb. 11 and March 8, the country's largest state has not only set the ruling party on the path toward another victory in general elections set for 2019. It has also upheld a multidecade pattern that will define the shape of the country for many years to come....

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