Bengal's Clashing Narratives

A high voting percentage so far in West Bengal has been seen by many as a sign of change. This assembly election is of special significance for a number of reasons. Winning Bengal will hand a big reason to the BJP for overlooking multiple policy challenges: Social divisions, political unrest and economic hardships in the country. They will be vindicated in their strategic superiority and channel their cultural nationalism into new directions. A defeat for the TMC will mean a setback to chances of a federal opposition to the centralisation of powers taking place. A BJP takeover will also mean a symbolic reversal of historic proportions for Bengal as a traditional base of the Indian Left.


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