Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party celebrate at the party headquarters in New Delhi after initial poll results were released on May 23, 2019 [File: Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters]

On May 23, the weeks-long elections of the world’s largest democracy delivered a stupendous victory for the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A second term for a party which is pursuing a Hindu majoritarian agenda defying India’s secular constitutional order is bound to have repercussions on India’s sociocultural fabric and institutional framework.

It is early to say what these elections might portend but they are already fuelling anxieties among the social and economic elites about an impending transformation of the country. Much of the public discourse is blaming the opposition parties for failing to stem

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