3) A SHOCKING SETBACK IN INDIA
People's Voice Editorial
Much to the dismay of secular and progressive forces in
This outcome came despite the powerful fightback waged by working people and the Left forces against Modi's capitalist and communalist agenda in recent years. Enormous mass strikes and protests expressed opposition to the BJP's economic policies, and the "Women's Wall" joined by five million people several months ago in Kerala showed that the Hindutva fundamentalist politics remain deeply unpopular among wide sections of the people.
The CPI(M)'s preliminary analysis notes that the BJP succeeded in "shifting the popular narrative away from the multitude of livelihood issues that the last five years of the NDA government had imposed. The narrative built around communal nationalist jingoism, along with the issues of fighting terrorism, brushed aside all other issues of day-to-day concerns of the people."
factors included massive spending by pro-Modi
capitalist forces, effective use of social media, big data analytics and micro
level social engineering, and the vast network of fascist RSS-affiliated
organisations which back the BJP. Not least, both in
Lok Sabha results, like the
gains for the far right in the EU elections,
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