Aggregate NDA tally for 2014 elections, based on on-ground predictions by experts sought out by Outlook in all 29 states
* BJP + Shiv Sena + SAD + INLD
The Biblical God created Man in his own image. Likewise, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) would like to fashion Indian democracy in its own image. But the script, though it parallels the Christian mythology of creation, slightly deviates from that: the Sangh parivar’s political engineers want to remould our multi-party democracy in the image of the American presidential contest. Consider the terminology used. Justifying the RSS’s hurried foisting of Narendra Modi as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, the party’s senior leader Arun Jaitley described the choice as the result of a “primary”. The campaign, too, is being projected as a binary: on one day, news channels juxtapose Modi’s speech against...