The Politics of India under Modi

An Introduction to India’s Democracy, Economy, and Foreign Policy

Subjects: Political Science, Asian, History, India & South Asia
Imprint: Lever Press
Paperback : 9781643150536, 266 pages, 6 x 9, July 2023
Open Access : 9781643150543, 266 pages, 6 x 9, July 2023
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A detailed, readable overview of India’s political trends, economic prospects, and foreign policy since 2014


Since the right-wing, Hindu-nationalist government of Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power at the national level in 2014, and with its consolidation of power in the 2019 general election, India has witnessed a significant realignment of its national politics and a shift toward the right of the political spectrum. The Politics of India under Modi provides a detailed overview of India’s political trends, economic prospects, and international relations in the twenty-first century.

This book is designed as a supplement and update for existing syllabi that trace India’s political economy from the birth of the republic to the quest for economic liberalization and great power status. Undergraduates and scholars interested in India’s foreign policy and political reform will find value in this timely book.

“The subject of this book is extremely compelling and important, as well as timely. BJP rule and the Modi regime, it is now clear, represent some critical turning points in Indian politics, which have yet to be analyzed in depth academically by experts. I see this book as a key first step in this process.”
-Rina Verma Williams, School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Cincinnati

Vikash Yadav is Associate Professor of International Relations and Asian Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. He is the author of Liberalism’s Last Man and Risk in International Finance.

Jason A. Kirk is Professor of Political Science and Policy Studies at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina. He is the author of Rising Star: The Meaning of Nikki Haley, Trump’s Unlikely Ambassador and India and the World Bank.