The resounding victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition in India’s federal election represents a key marker in the modern history of India. It was the most extensive and probably most expensive election campaign in the country’s history, with 900 million voters casting their votes in one million polling stations over 38 days. Some 83 million Indians were first-time voters, with 15 million of them aged 18 and 19.  The great Indian festival of democracy—as the elections are often called—is seen as the most challenging exercise in making all Indians feel they have a say in the running of the government.  And the return of Narendra Modi as prime minister is both an opportunity and challenge for the country.  Enjoy this content in the new Quartz app Get the app Thanks for being a loyal reader. You’ve hit your monthly article limit. Become a member to continue reading and support our journalism. Unlock unlimited access to Quartz, including member-exclusive coverage, events, and access to our journalists.
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The resounding victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition in India’s federal election represents a key marker in the modern history of India. It was the most extensive and probably most expensive election campaign in the country’s history, with 900 million voters casting their votes in one million polling stations over 38 days. Some 83 million Indians were first-time voters, with 15 million of them aged 18 and 19. The great Indian festival of democracy—as the elections are often called—is seen as the most challenging exercise in making all Indians feel they have a say in the running of the government. And the return of Narendra Modi as prime minister is both an opportunity and challenge for the country. Enjoy this content in the new Quartz app Get the app Thanks for being a loyal reader. You’ve hit your monthly article limit. Become a member to continue reading and support our journalism. Unlock unlimited access to Quartz, including member-exclusive coverage, events, and access to our journalists.

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