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🇮🇳 India elections: What’s at stake? | Al Jazeera English

India will fight as one. India will win as one. India home to the world’s biggest election. 1.3 billion people people 900 million eligible voters were
voting lasts for more than a month and happens at more than a million polling
stations across the country. The scale of what’s happening is huge. But why does it matter? What’s at stake? And who might be the next leader of one of the most important nuclear powers in the world? India is a republic that means everyone
gets a vote it has a parliament that means the
political party that wins the most seats picks a prime minister who runs the
country there are literally thousands of political parties but to get a sense of
who might be the next prime minister in 2019 we’ll looking at the two
frontrunners the current Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party is the Bharatiya
Janta Party or the BJP the guy with the best chance of pushing him out is the
leader of the Indian National Congress or a Congress party Rahul Gandhi no
relation to Mahatma if the BJP has been politically divisive the Congress party
is campaigning on the idea of bringing everyone back together but we have to
start with Modi he’s been in charge for five years with a majority in parliament
Modi came to power promising to stamp out corruption create jobs and boost the
economy but he’s come up a little short India’s economy hasn’t stopped growing
but it hasn’t met expectations that people had of candidate Modi in 2014 and
Prime Minister Modi has done a few things that could cost him votes this
time a few years after he took over Modi demonetised the Indian rupee a
government scheme to take big bills 500 and 1000 rupee notes out of circulation
it was a plan to stop bribery corruption and counterfeiting but the timeline was
so tight and the process so unplanned that not everyone got to swap out their
notes at the bank overall analysts say the whole thing
actually hurt the economy and caused more unemployment. In the economic domain
I think one of his big initiatives which is called monetisation
has also led to a lot of turbulence and particularly those at the lowest end of
the socio-economic ladder were hit very badly. Farming an industry that employs more than half of the country’s workforce was hit hardest this
year that could mean a lot of angry voters unemployment is a big problem too
especially among young people the government is trying to keep a lid on
official numbers but some reports suggest that India’s unemployment jumped
in the last few years to more than 6 percent that’s the highest it’s been in
45 years the BJP has promised to invest nearly 1.5 trillion dollars on
infrastructure projects something Modi says will help create jobs for millions
of young people in the years to come now you can’t talk about Modi without
talking about Hindutva a nationalist ideology that puts Hindus at the top of
the pecking order in India nearly 80% of the country is Hindu and even though
minorities account for hundreds of millions of people the BJP has
emboldened Hindu nationalists and given oxygen to some of the most extreme
viewpoints in the country and minority communities have often paid the price
for it some with their lives I think mr. Modi made no bones about the
fact, or the BJP has made absolutely no bones about the fact that
this is a party of Hindus this is a Hindutva to our party and and therefore
there’s a sort of tried everything in order to make sure that this particular
ideology the Hindutva ideology is mainstreamed in the Indian political
discourse and this has implications for India’s minorities Muslims in particular. It has to be said violence against minorities has gone up on Modi’s watch
the government’s own data shows that communal violence went up 28 percent in
the years immediately after Modi was elected one of the ways that’s played
out on the street is so-called cow lynchings Hindus consider cows to be
sacred and their slaughter is forbidden in most of the country vigilante mobs
have viciously attacked and even beaten people to death on suspicion of dealing
in cow meat victims are mostly Muslims or Dalits, lower caste Hindus.
According to Human Rights Watch report between May 2015 and December 2018 at least
44 people 36 of them Muslims were killed across 12 Indian states hundreds of
people have also been injured in dozens of incidents across the country now Modi
himself has condemned cow lynchings but according to Human Rights Watch
political leaders of Hindu nationalist groups including elected BJP officials
defended the assaults. I would say that those people who have engaged in such acts have interpreted this as the equivalent of the tacit approval of the
political leadership in India and therefore the impunity the index of
impunity has increased. Demonetisation, unemployment, communal violence these things might hurt Modi’s party at the polls but what might help is his tough
take on you guessed it security when in doubt the best friend of any leader in
trouble is to play the tough guy card and that’s exactly what Modi did when a
suicide attack killed 42 paramilitary troops in indian-administered Kashmir in
February India blamed Pakistani back fighters tensions went up at the border
yet again between two nuclear rivals India carried out an airstrike on
Pakistani territory Pakistan shot down an Indian plane an Indian pilot was
taken prisoner and then returned all this in the space of a few days both
sides spun the story their own way but for Modi it was high stakes military and
political drama and he made a meal of it. Modi has also announced that if reelected his
government would strip special rights from the residents of
Indian-administered Kashmir this includes giving non-residents the
ability to buy property there that could change the demographics of the region
and sparked further unrest. Modi’s Kashmir policy and being tough on
Pakistan plays perfectly to his base but it might be a perception versus reality
thing because experts say if the goal of security is to stabilise
Modi hasn’t actually done so well. The Indian part of Jammu and Kashmir the
violence if you look at the trends in violence since 2014 when he took
charge of the prime ministership in Delhi
it has spiked drastically in many ways you’re also looking at ceasefire
violations between India and Pakistan having gone up so drastically in the
last four and a half years. In the end all that might not matter just looking tough might be enough to get Modi re-elected and if Narendra Modi is the
man with everything to lose in this election his main rival Rahul Gandhi has
everything to gain Gandhi is the son grandson and great-grandson of Indian
Prime Ministers the scion of a political dynasty the leader of a progressive
party controlled by one family the last time Congress party won his mother was
leader and hand-picked the prime minister so Gandhi is banking on the
language of inclusiveness to help him get his party back on top Gandhi is promising jobs, healthcare, justice for hate crimes, gender equality even more military spending but demilitarising Indian-administered Kashmir focusing
instead on dialogue as a pathway to stability the list goes on all to sell
the idea that the Congress’ ideology of celebrating India secularism and
diversity instead of demonising minorities is what the country is all about. The Congress party has released at least
its manifesto and it’s a very very progressive forward-looking manifesto I must say. But will voters buy what Gandhi is selling? The Congress as a party has
not been able to infuse that kind of enthusiasm and confidence in the Indian
voter that they are a credible alternative. If Congress does manage to
win they’ll be inheriting a country primed for more sectarian violence
after all Hindu nationalism has enjoyed half a decade on the main stage
celebrated by a party that leaned into the things that made Indians different
if Modi and the BJP come back to power it will likely reinforce Hindu
nationalists who’ll have the chance to push their ideology for another five years
but at the end of the day this election is probably going to come down to the
same thing that elections all over the world always come down to the economy if
you think about it millions of people living in the world’s biggest democracy
can’t find jobs can’t feed their families can’t see a bright future
millions are staring down the road seeing nothing but abject poverty for
generations to come so those folks are probably going to be thinking at the
voting booths which one of these guys is going to help me put food on the table
and money in the bank


  1. Madhav Lalwala
    Madhav Lalwala May 4, 2019

    How much did Congress pay you guys?

  2. Varis Sharma
    Varis Sharma May 4, 2019

    Pushing propaganda is what AJ does. The manner in which INC’s manifesto was portrayed in this video seems like this party can make India a superpower within the next 5 years but the reality is very different. It’s a party filled with crook politicians and is a breeding ground for corruption. Congress is not promoting secularism but minority appeasement.

  3. Shreyas Naidu
    Shreyas Naidu May 4, 2019

    Aljazeera always …..doing wrong and fake propegenda.

  4. Zaki Uddin
    Zaki Uddin May 4, 2019

    We want modi to win, the damage that he can do to India no one can, Lol

  5. Anshul Saini
    Anshul Saini May 4, 2019

    Young people want to leave sharia ruled country.

  6. Harsh John
    Harsh John May 4, 2019

    Ohhhh look Modi bhakts criticising international media for their critical points and questions…
    Come on dumb heads , that's what the real work of media is.

  7. Alok Ranjan
    Alok Ranjan May 4, 2019

    India is fastest to eradicate proverty highest ever in the history. Check out some facts before you present it.

  8. piby 180
    piby 180 May 4, 2019

    In Modi's government, although the watermelon farmer has ample electricity and water, sufficient credit lines, ownership of land, fair value markets, happy family but oh look there is a pest on one watermelon. HOW BAD MODI HOW BAD

    On the other hand, in Congress givernment, the watermelon farmer has almost no electricity and has to use diesel, no ownership of land, high interest rate, rotten watermelon crop, suicide of his neighbour for not repaying bank loan, no fair prices in market but hey there was no pest in the crop.EVERYONE PRAISE CONGRESS

    To the non Indians who watch this video to get to know about India, please do us Indians a favor and delete whatever the toxic you have seen in this video and just google. Pretty please. We deserve better. Thank you.

  9. Veracious films
    Veracious films May 4, 2019

    Ya allah Kareem don’t let modi or bjp win this 🙏🙏

  10. Neil Waghela
    Neil Waghela May 4, 2019

    I wonder if the quoted unemployment rate includes all the goons, shell company workers, fake NGOs, money laundering people etc etc

  11. tarun singh
    tarun singh May 4, 2019

    Jal jajeera .

  12. Deep Patel
    Deep Patel May 5, 2019

    Modi is the greatest leader on earth

  13. Deep Patel
    Deep Patel May 5, 2019

    Your countries have shariah law and monocracies you can’t speak about Democracy

  14. Deep Patel
    Deep Patel May 5, 2019

    Everyone report this video for being misleading

  15. Jigar Shah
    Jigar Shah May 5, 2019

    I really wonder why are they so anti Hindus? They really don't know ground reality. Tell us one policy decision which was pro hindu or anti Muslim.

  16. Sheru Khan
    Sheru Khan May 5, 2019

    Butthurt comments please🙂

  17. Karan Bidani
    Karan Bidani May 5, 2019

    Terrorist news channel preaching secularism and democracy.
    Ok tell me how democratic is Saudi Arabia?
    How democratic is UAE?

  18. Jaikishan Gianani
    Jaikishan Gianani May 5, 2019

    The biggest irony is that Al Jazeera is preaching democracy and secularism. Look at your own house first.

  19. laxit shah
    laxit shah May 5, 2019

    Biased video just like zee news

  20. black
    black May 5, 2019

    Al Jazeera the terrorists supporter

  21. Ashutosh Varun Raj
    Ashutosh Varun Raj May 6, 2019

    How much jihadi money u got for this video ???

  22. sitanshuz
    sitanshuz May 6, 2019

    very Poor research. the Video dose not cover any major issues or demographics. it tries to polarise the viewers on topics they feel is apt. poor journalism.

  23. abhishek tiwari
    abhishek tiwari May 6, 2019

    Chutiye, rahul gandhi is the grandson of mahatma Gandhi's adopted son.

    NITIN KUMAR May 6, 2019

    The world is now trying to teach tolerance to the most tolerant religion in the world. Shame Al Jazeera, you are going to lost thousands of subscribers.

  25. Vishvajit Kumar
    Vishvajit Kumar May 6, 2019

    hi Al Jazeera! can your bias media tell us about 10 years government of congress. how many scam happen in indian? Satyam Scam,Commonwealth Games Scam, 2G scam, Indian Coal Allocation Scam.

    There is no big another leader in congress for PM. Rahul Gandhi is a joke. he is a 5 year old kid. thats why Modi will win 2019 election.

  26. Ashish Tiwari
    Ashish Tiwari May 6, 2019

    We don't need opinion from the ISIS mouthpiece !!

  27. Punit Kumar Pal
    Punit Kumar Pal May 6, 2019

    758 bhakts disliked this video

  28. Caspicon Studio
    Caspicon Studio May 6, 2019


  29. Kashyap Astro
    Kashyap Astro May 6, 2019

    Actually I liked your channel at first, but your research ability is going bad. This video is total bullshit! Rahul Gandhi is not even close to what you say here, he is a complete looser, who gives only false promises,…I am a citizen here and I don't approve your message… Really shame on your fake journalism!!!

  30. sebin Mathew
    sebin Mathew May 6, 2019

    Bjp will fail and modiji will fail . congress will win and rahulji will be next pm

  31. sebin Mathew
    sebin Mathew May 6, 2019


  32. Kabir O
    Kabir O May 7, 2019

    Both parties are one and the same, if you want to know more , research about the RSS which keeps these parties on leash and these parties act accordingly.
    They are just pets of the RSS.

  33. Vedant Pal
    Vedant Pal May 7, 2019

    When you gotta blabber negative….. you take 7min out of your 9:44
    This is a pure example of negative journalism.
    I am not saying that Modi is good or Rahul is bad……I am simply commenting on the way you showed negativity over positivity.
    You could have instead said positive stuffs for 7 mins and negative for the rest.

  34. ashik stalin
    ashik stalin May 7, 2019

    Modi will Not be PM again…

  35. Sam Biswas
    Sam Biswas May 8, 2019

    No matter how much u try BJP will win

  36. K S
    K S May 8, 2019

    4:45 Swara Bhaskar ka baap aaya..!! Bhosdiwala

  37. rony kj
    rony kj May 10, 2019

    Rahul Gandhi will win

  38. rony kj
    rony kj May 10, 2019

    Rahul Gandhi
    Studied in Delhi college.
    Then doon college,dehradoon,even studied in famous Harvard university…in 1994 got BA from Rolins college,florida..completed MPHIL in developmental studies.. worked in a company for 3 years ..started his own company after that and was director of that company for so long..he is a licneced piolt…and have blackbelt in Akitow..he is a trained sharp shooter..he got entry into st stephan college  in sports quota….

    He do have this much qualities..and still godi media is calling him pappu..why?only because he is more eligible and powerfull than modi in all ways and wont feed medias like bjp does..modi is nothing compared to the power and energy of rahul gandhi…
    Rahul gandhi is the real many of this qualifications are there for modi..check for yourself…dont fall again for the jumla

    "Modi is the only Indian prime minister to have never held a press conference in his own country. That way, he can never be questioned about his controversies. It’s like posting on Instagram, but disabling comments.”
    – Hasan Minhaj

  39. sidharth mohanty
    sidharth mohanty May 10, 2019

    Modi is going to win and you are going to be banned in India.

  40. Videoviewer
    Videoviewer May 12, 2019

    He is the biggest mistake India has made, waiting for BJP to go

  41. lord Zeus
    lord Zeus May 14, 2019

    Qatar is far far ahead then India with its monarchy.
    No body homeless, jobless or hungry in qatar like India
    So bhakts Qatar can say your democracy is not working.

  42. sourav deb
    sourav deb May 14, 2019

    Al Jazeera trying their best to help..congress😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂

  43. Engr Waqas
    Engr Waqas May 15, 2019

    Hindutwa Modi paid social team seems so active. Without any dout BJP only represents only hindu ideology based on worthless ideas.

  44. mitra holidays suraj
    mitra holidays suraj May 16, 2019

    Congress gain

  45. ZaFFee MarrEE
    ZaFFee MarrEE May 17, 2019

    truely highligted , may congress win

  46. Vivek Sharma
    Vivek Sharma May 17, 2019

    Ban Al Jazeera in India. They are trying their best to spread propoganda messages against Hindus. Fortunately Indians are smart enough to not get lured by their false information.
    Jai Hind Jai Bharat Maa.

  47. kakarot tech
    kakarot tech May 17, 2019

    mig -21 shot down Pakistani f-16 😂🤣.not the other way around

  48. Annatar
    Annatar May 17, 2019

    3:32 most epic name ever

  49. Indian
    Indian May 18, 2019

    Oh Dear dear dear,,,, you forgot to mention the Horrifying incident of Rape & Murder of the 8 year old child ASIFA Kathua of Kashmir, which the whole world.

  50. cinema world
    cinema world May 18, 2019

    Use it " Chowkidar chor h "slogan broadly in this election modi campare as to hitler

  51. dish care
    dish care May 18, 2019

    This the peoples like you who wants to break down the world in two pieces, which country had given you priority. No one. Have you forgot how your feeds goes banned in Israel and other parts. You peoples Highlights PLO terrorists as hero, Al quida chief are working inside your office. And you start balme world for press freedom when your journalist (or spy of ISIS) got arrested in Egyptian government. India is not just a country it's a thought that will never disappear. We are healers not terrorists like you… On holy occasion of Ramadan have you asked the questions to Taliban why they bombed Pakistan. Have you visited the camps of Lebanon where many children are in trouble situation. Do shame on yourself and make real journalism then we all support you.

  52. Harshit Pandey
    Harshit Pandey May 19, 2019

    Propogenda in the air al jazeera

  53. Sandeep dev
    Sandeep dev May 20, 2019

    All this bullshit doest really matter.. As people of India decide. Focus on bullshit in that desert, leave this land alone.

  54. G Joeye
    G Joeye May 20, 2019

    these supremac1st wahabb1 channel should be permanently dealt with.

    and SELLOUT SUB HUMAN "INDIAN" journalist working under this organization should be kicked out to the deserts too.

  55. Hindustan zindabad
    Hindustan zindabad May 21, 2019

    Modi is winning election 2019

  56. Vidisha Roy
    Vidisha Roy May 21, 2019

    Demilitarizing Kashmir would be the biggest mistake

  57. Skyfall
    Skyfall May 22, 2019

    EVM screwed the Polls
    What a fallacy of democracy. What a shame when 20 lakh EVM unaccounted, plus BJP frantically trying to replace EVMs while the musketeer Modi rests in a cave doing a photo shoot .
    2019 poll is a drama unfolding the corrupt governance of BJP.
    The wirld is 😬😜😜😜

  58. Skyfall
    Skyfall May 22, 2019

    23 May the Coalition will have the last laugh 😆

  59. Hardik Baravaliya
    Hardik Baravaliya May 22, 2019

    You made a fundamental mistake. The goal of security is not to stabilize, it is to naturalize the threat. But a different perspective my friend you have. And it's okay. Priorities.

  60. Fawad and Family videos
    Fawad and Family videos May 22, 2019

    Congress the lesser of Two evils

  61. RickyRisha410
    RickyRisha410 May 22, 2019

    1:46 it hurts 😭😭

  62. Sukanta Debbarma
    Sukanta Debbarma May 22, 2019

    Lol they want to teach democracy? Aljazeera do u know wats democracy is .Once electric car comes as reality as 100% u will know what India is and ur country is

  63. Sukanta Debbarma
    Sukanta Debbarma May 22, 2019

    Plz take our Muslim brothers to ur country only 1 million if u love them

  64. ravi sadasivan
    ravi sadasivan May 22, 2019

    What a narrative are you setting?Why didn't you say that JeM owned up the attack at pulwama,and the balakot strike negated the pakistani nuclear bluff.Why don't you come out of your office and spend time at the POK border.What do you know about the thousand bleeding cuts that Pak propounds .Go get a life of truth .

  65. M Hassan mangrio
    M Hassan mangrio May 22, 2019

    Minorities are being persecuted in india….Modi is producing taliban

  66. M Hassan mangrio
    M Hassan mangrio May 22, 2019

    Modi will cause huge devastation in india

  67. M Hassan mangrio
    M Hassan mangrio May 22, 2019

    Hindutuva lead by modi is a dangerous to world piece

  68. kush patel
    kush patel May 22, 2019

    wtf is this joke…
    Rahul can't defeat Modi in any way..
    this sudo secular can't understand indian.

  69. Green Spaces
    Green Spaces May 22, 2019

    Pests can't control this channels so they have infested here and nobody likes them …they are so disgusting that they don't even like themselves 😂

  70. Pushpa Anamcara
    Pushpa Anamcara May 23, 2019

    Horribly one sided views by Dibyesh Anand. It’s a shame that Al Jazeera relies on such sham experts to comment on the greatest election ever conducted by the human race. 600 million people have expressed their verdict in the fairest democratic process and you get this joker? As a regular listener of AlJazeera I am LIVID.

  71. Lucky Sky
    Lucky Sky May 23, 2019

    Aljazeera @ The supporter of Terrorism will not welcome the Indian Election results as the victorious party has taken strong actions against terrorism sponsored and perpetrated by Qatar and Pakistan. Your fake news will further determine us to eliminate your evil agenda.

  72. Payment Sense
    Payment Sense May 24, 2019

    what abou qatar ?? al

  73. R P
    R P May 24, 2019

    Your perception is wrong.. We all are united. Understood People flight because they are poor and not educated. Please Stop wrong propaganda. Do you BJP have increase the Haj Qouta, Do you know he have taken up sensitive issue like triple Talaq and many more. Stop this false propaganda

  74. Raja V
    Raja V May 24, 2019

    Go great…Keep blasting…But you know BJP had a landslide victory and Rahul Gandhi lost in the constituency he usually wins from.

  75. Raja V
    Raja V May 24, 2019

    Wrong opinion of the term HINDUTVA. This stupid Happymon was sleeping when terrorists killed Kashmiri Pandits in Millions.

  76. Khare Mobaikar
    Khare Mobaikar May 25, 2019

    Our new Dicktator Modi

  77. Khare Mobaikar
    Khare Mobaikar May 25, 2019

    From world's largest democracy to world's largest Hacked Government

  78. Ratan2010
    Ratan2010 May 25, 2019

    Factually incorrect and loaded journalism

  79. vivek singh
    vivek singh May 25, 2019

    India is in worst time period. Under Modi rule.

  80. USA terrorist
    USA terrorist May 25, 2019

    2019 elections :the greatest joke ever happened to India

  81. Shaun Pillai
    Shaun Pillai May 27, 2019

    In u r face aljazeera… Modi won landslide victory… we believe in democracy and equality to every one unlike minority appeasement… btw when is Qutar gonna turn democratic????

  82. Mark Su
    Mark Su May 27, 2019

    Look who is talking? If you can have amuslim nationsevery where why not india stays hindu nation.

  83. anant saini
    anant saini May 27, 2019

    Look at Muslim Countries – where is Secularism, freedom and liberty in Sharia Law

  84. Saurav Das
    Saurav Das May 27, 2019

    The comments here are incredible. Wow. XD

  85. Ehsan Khaibar
    Ehsan Khaibar May 27, 2019

    Secularism was at stake, and now it is dead.

    SUKANT VERMA May 28, 2019

    This video is just a propaganda against Modi and Hindus. What can be expected from such agency. Why don't you guys point out incidents when Hindus are brutally killed in Islamic countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Middle east countries. FAKE NEWS

  87. अर्जुन शर्मा
    अर्जुन शर्मा May 29, 2019

    Biased , dislike

  88. prabhat thapliyal
    prabhat thapliyal May 29, 2019

    and the 5:50 is for you aljazeera 😂😂 if u agree comment

  89. Suraj Yadav
    Suraj Yadav May 30, 2019

    biased al media…🐉🐉

  90. Abhishek
    Abhishek June 1, 2019

    All this propaganda gone waste. Do something better next time.

  91. aman shukla
    aman shukla June 2, 2019

    U propagate your agenda outside the india,we are indifferent actually….

  92. combo gogoi
    combo gogoi June 4, 2019

    Al jazeera is at stake😄😄😄

  93. Daredevil
    Daredevil June 7, 2019

    Qatar u cant do anything. There are many religious minorities has in India no one has any problem. Problem is only Muslim and they are not minority they have population around 200 million and they are the criminal plz take them to your country. They don't belong to this country

  94. Raju
    Raju June 10, 2019

    Al Jazeera is getting worse

  95. निकम्मा
    निकम्मा June 11, 2019

    hi al jazeera how about secular republic of qatar??

  96. Sunita Chouksey
    Sunita Chouksey June 12, 2019

    Sale ye bhi btao na kitna corruption kia h gandhi ne

    ARINDAM CHATTERJEE June 13, 2019

    Alzajeera u can cry as much u want , u are non existence

  98. Surya Pratap Singh Gahalout
    Surya Pratap Singh Gahalout June 15, 2019

    Lol everytime they have to make an unlogical point they are like but the experts say

  99. Amit Kumar
    Amit Kumar June 26, 2019

    Wrong video show in this channel

  100. Honey Harry
    Honey Harry July 13, 2019

    Al Jazeera muslim channel
    This is religious channel , not people channel.

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