On May 26, 2016, Narendra Modi’s government crossed the three-year mark as prime minister of the Indian Republic.
In the course of a five-year term, we are well past the halfway point and in India — where there is constant campaigning with local, regional and national elections — it is time to take stock, albeit provisionally.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Hindu Conservative Party, had swept the last general elections in 2014 on the wave of the collective enthusiasm for Modi, the candidate of the Hindu far right and a symbol of a successful transformation in the Indian political landscape.
Modi was a sectarian leader known across the country — and beyond — for the atrocious anti-Muslim pogroms that occurred when he was governor of Gujarat State. Between 1,000 to 2,000 were killed in a matter of a few days. But from there, Modi positioned himself in the national elections as a standard-bearer of progress, the strong man who would push the economy mired in growth rates close to 5 percent.