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Modi's election victory starts a new era for India

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India's general election was a fight between the leadership of a sitting prime minister and the ambition of an opposition leader. It was a fight between the forces of nationalism, on one hand, and regionalism and caste on the other. The middle ground has been pushed aside.

It was also a fight over defining the vision for India's future.

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During the election campaign, Narendra Modi once again proved himself to be a master of politics. He left his competitors behind through his political one-upmanship, rhetoric and social media abilities.

Anyone who thought that the poor state of Indian industry, record unemployment, the plight of farmers or the economic impact of demonetization would affect the fortunes of Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has surely learned a bitter lesson in campaigning and voter behavior.

DW's Mahesh Jha

Modi regularly changed his rhetoric during the election, switching between........

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