In Indian politics, caste and religion still matter, but in many states, economic competence now matters more. Things look bad in New Delhi, but the capital is not the whole of India.
Growth at any cost is the dominant political theme across emerging markets, and Narendra Modi's victory in Gujarat proves that yet again. But is that policy good enough to make him prime minister of India one day? Gateway House's Sambuddha Mitra Mustafi blogs.
Just a few years ago, India seemed on the brink of becoming the world's next great power. Today, its future appears less certain. Although some have blamed the global economic recession, the real problem is domestic - namely, the centralized, secretive and arbitrary political culture that pervades New Delhi.