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How the BJP wins: Inside India’s Greatest Election Machine Hardcover – 14 Sep 2017
Hardcover, 14 Sep 2017
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Prashant Jha is a journalist with the Hindustan Times and the acclaimed author of Battles of the New Republic.
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Jha's analysis is thorough, and as he has worked on the election trails for many years as a journalist, also trustworthy.
What I enjoyed is the clinical nature of the book, Jha doesn't take sides, but tells it like it is, the ingenious methods of the BJP of winning, taking advantage of weak opponents, building up strong networks and even poaching candidates when need be. What I found interesting is how the BJP seems to leave no stone un-turned, playing the caste system, stroking communal tensions. Despite not liking the BJP's hate politics, I have to applaud their genius, if they were not semi-fascist in thinking, I would suggest the Democrats take a page from the BJP in how to run a ground race and win elections.
I didn't give the book more stars only because as an outsider to India politics I definitely was clueless about parts, if you know the players you would probably get more out of the book, also the attention to detail, while good, is tough to slog through if, again, you are not familiar with the day to day workings and decades historical knowledge of politics in India.
Definitely recommend to students of current affairs for Southeast Asia and India in particular. Also good for those wanting to learn more about electioneering in the developing world, fascinating to see parallels and disparities between American elections and Indian elections (more alike than one thinks).