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Journalist Simon Denyer Explains India’s Politics

Politics in India can be chaotic and hard to understand, but Simon Denyer has broken it down in his book “Rogue Elephant.” As a former correspondent for the Washington Post and Reuters, he has had plenty of time to analyze the political situation in India and has shared some thoughtful insights into what makes it work, and why it sometimes struggles. At the core of his book was the conflict between the previous secular administration, and the current administration. Refer to this article to learn more.

Narendra Modi

Though “Rogue Elephant” was published just before India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was elected, much of the subject matter in the book has a lot to do with this man and sheds light on how he got elected. The election ofModiwas of great concern to Simon Denyer as it represented an attack on secularism in the country which has helped the Hindus and Muslims live in peace for decades.

Corruption and Autocracy

During his time with the Washington Post, what worried Simon Denyer the most is Modi’s autocratic style of leadership and his lust for publicity. The anti-corruption movement has also been politicized as a part of this, and the ratings-obsessed media isn’t helping matters either.

These factors, combined with a generation that’s never known an India that didn’t promise economic growth, could spell trouble according to Denyer.

Results of a Tone-Deaf Government

While Simon Denyer does have some praise for the previous administration such as how it brought economic stability, its flaws such as widespread corruption, inaction in cases of violence against women, and its inability to help those who didn’t own land directly led to Modi being elected.

Denyer explains that Modi’s disregard for India’s democracy and his assault on secularism is concerning, yet he still admires the optimism of the people of India as a whole.