How myth-making is defining India’s election

    This general election is crucial in determining India’s future polity, and whether or not its secular credentials will persist

    The Indian election is a protracted exercise but there is never a dull moment. With 900 million registered voters, 29 states and seven union territories, the electoral race in the world’s largest democracy involves two major contestants, each utilising different communication methods and styles.

    During elections, political communication aims, among other things, to enhance the candidates’ appeal with a range of diversified and coherent image building operations. As a result, candidates use various campaigning and media techniques to establish a rapport with the voters.

    While the far-right incumbent Narendra Modi from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) intensifies its ideological campaign blitz, which combines hard-line Hindu nationalist vitriol with national security discourse, the centre right-left contender Rahul Gandhi, the telegenic scion of an Indian political dynasty going back five generations, is pledging to implement economic reforms, increase social spending, empower women, and end poverty by 2030.

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