Opinion | The gap between what people think and what they say
Not everyone is willing to bear the cost of challenging the dominant social narrative in public
Political commentators are surprised by the unwavering popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, despite the poor performance of the economy and the hateful narrative propagated by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). As the Modi government’s term comes to an end, there is mounting evidence that the Manmohan Singh-led UPA-II saw higher growth, even as it battled the global financial crisis. In the last five years, lack of jobs and the agrarian crisis have become more acute. By the standard narrative of “it’s the economy, stupid", anti-incumbency should have set in and the BJP should have been facing a big loss. Yet, most reports suggest that the BJP is the clear front-runner, and Modi seems to have lost none of his popularity.