New Delhi: A recently released book, “The New BJP: Modi and the Making of the World’s Largest Political Party” goes beyond Hindutva politics to explain how BJP reshaped Indian polity using its brand of social engineering cleverly using caste to build caste-based coalitions, even as it claimed to have built a new welfare state with vigorously publicized development programs.
The book is based on a specially created unique digital archive uncovering startling new insights. Artificial Intelligence has helped find patterns in the data that would otherwise be missed by the human eye. The New BJP introduces three indices —The Mehta-Singh Social Index, developed for this research, studies the caste composition of Indian political parties; the Narad Index calculates communications patterns across topics and audiences, and PollNiti interconnects hundreds of political and economic datasets. These data-rich techniques are complemented by access to untapped historical records, exclusive interviews with party leaders, and comprehensive reportage from across India.
Nalin Mehta said, “This is not a book about whether what the BJP stands for is right or wrong for India; or whether Hindu nationalism, as opposed to Hindu traditionalism, in a Hindu-majority democracy is good or bad. It is about why the BJP won, or did better than earlier, in more elections than it lost, or performed poorly in, since 2014. Such a method and approach to studying the BJP has never been more necessary. Unless facts are assessed and sifted, rational debate is not possible.
This book sheds new light on the modes of political power in India, the mechanics of BJP’s election triumphs, the role of technology in politics, how the party won power nationally, and what this portends for Indian politics.”