Wall Street Journal

India’s BJP Is the World’s Most Important Party

It combines market economics, traditionalist values, and populist rhetoric.

Ravenel B. Curry III Distinguished Fellow in Strategy and Statesmanship
Activists of the Bhartiya Janata Party shout slogans against the state government for the recent alleged rapes and murders around the state in Kolkata on April 12, 2022. (Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP via Getty Images)

India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is, from the standpoint of American national interests, the most important foreign political party in the world. It may also be the least understood.

It’s important because the BJP—which came to power in 2014, won a second term in 2019, and is headed for a repeat victory in 2024—sits securely at the helm of Indian politics at a time when India is emerging both as a leading economic power and, along with Japan, as the linchpin of American strategy in the Indo-Pacific. For the foreseeable future the BJP will be calling the shots in a country without whose help American efforts to balance rising Chinese power are likely to fall short.

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