India: Modi 3.0’s strategies face scrutiny amid rising tensions

Mohan Bhagwat, chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the paterfamilias of the Sangh Parivar, Maharashtra assembly elections, and the N square, the combined forces of the two leaders Chandrababu Naidu, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, and Nitish Kumar, Bihar Chief Minister, hold the keys to the third term of Narendra Modi’s Prime Ministership.

This triangle of delicately balanced political forces will be the key to how Modi’s political legacy is judged in historical terms.

Bhagwat is nearly contemporaneous to Modi in the RSS and has always had an extremely uneasy relationship with him. Modi has preferred to keep him and, by extension, the RSS off balance while following an orthodox Sangh agenda.

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