Opinion | All said, eventually it will still be the economy, stupid
If even half the youth entering the workforce are disgruntled five years on, BJP’s fortunes could turn
All the post-election commentary seems to suggest that Narendra Modi is some political unicorn, who defies the standard link between economic and political success. With the economy growing at a sluggish 6.6%, joblessness at an all-time high, and declining farm incomes, it was unimaginable to the pundits that an incumbent could maintain his popularity. Yet the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the National Democratic Alliance have not just won, but bettered their 2014 performance. Political analysts are scratching their heads and economists are nervous; with this electoral mandate Narendra Modi will not bother with economic development.