After a landslide re-election in 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s control over India seemed impossible to challenge.
But a yearlong farmers’ protest against agricultural overhauls has done just that, forcing the Indian prime minister to back down.
How did the protesters succeed?
Guest: Emily Schmall, a South Asia correspondent for The New York Times.
- The protesters received foreign and domestic financial support, kept their camps organized and looked for ways to be seen while trying to avoid violence.
- How a bungled response to Covid and a struggling economy have hurt the governing party’s standing in India.
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