Hasan is Professor Emerita, Jawaharlal Nehru University
PM Modi’s ‘dream project’, the Kashi-Vishwanath Temple Corridor, raises questions about the manner in which the government engages with religious spaces. Through this project, the government has enacted a complete Hinduisation of the state and nationalisation of Hinduism.
Indira’s Garibi Hatao in the 1971 election was especially popular; it had great resonance across the nation, and was able to secure a landslide victory for the Congress. The Congress’s 2019 slogan, ‘Garibi par vaar, bahattar hazaar’, is a throwback to Indira Gandhi’s Garibi Hatao slogan of 1971.
In India, the promise of equal empowerment through education and employment has not been fulfilled by successive governments ruling at the Centre over many decades. Modi promised a faster economy and more jobs, although he hasn’t delivered on either.
In the past few months, there has been considerable discussion on the Employment Guarantee Act (EGA). Assuring the basic needs of the vulner...