As growth rates dip and industries fold up, unemployment remains a terrifying prospect for young India.
The Modi government is chipping away at the institutions and traditions that define the republic.
The Doklam stand-off has reset the South Asian strategic board with India’s smaller neighbours moving closer to Beijing.
Now as in 1930s Germany, there is in India ultra-nationalism and a cult-like worship of the supreme leader.
The new normal is scary. Attacks on cow traders and dairy farmers have grown bolder by the day and become routine.
For Modi it’s all about keeping the pot stirred — be it a strike across the border, terrorism or demonetisation.
When TV channels are not waving the flag or frothing they are fawning abjectly.
Muslims and Dalits have been the violent target of the RSS-BJP’s cow politics — and this is bringing them together.
The BJP’s policy on China appears to be coloured by India’s defeat in the 1962 war that the RSS refuses to forget.
Under Modi’s watch, the brazenness of the savagery against the long persecuted Dalits is unprecedented.
Modi’s foreign jaunts are high on political theatre but have produced few outcomes of substance.
Hindutva’s loathing of liberals is a spillover from the time of Nehru whom they view with rage and envy.
The Modi regime is altering the fundamental nature of India’s democracy.
India is immersed in vacuous debates on nationalism while the economy slides further.
The Hindutva brigade sets little store by the constitution of India.
The Dalits, who fall outside the rigid caste system, still cannot come near most temples.
It would be naive to dismiss the recent RSS gathering as a quaint, Hindu version of the Boy Scouts.
Children have become the latest victims of the idea of retribution, a recurring theme from the time of ‘Mahabharata’.
If it were willing to debate it would be instructive to know how the BJP interprets the scientific temper.
As Lalu Prasad Yadav asked the crowd: ‘Have you ever seen a prime minister like this?’