In an ideal world, a chastened BJP would emerge from its Bihar defeat as a more conciliatory and inclusive party -- reaching out to emboldened opposition forces, and scaling back its communal rhetoric so that it can refocus attention on the economy. Unfortunately we don't live in an ideal world. Ominously, there is reason to fear that the BJP, post-Bihar, could emerge as a more divisive party and double down on its Hindu nationalist agenda.
senior associate for South Asia, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Michael Kugelman is the South Asia associate at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where he is responsible for research, programming, and publications on the region. His most recent projects have focused on Pakistan's demographics, U.S. aid effectiveness in Pakistan, and India's security challenges. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, World Politics Review, Dawn, Express Tribune, Times of India, and Asia Times Online. Mr. Kugelman holds an MA in international relations from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BA from American University’s School of International Service.
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