BJP sway over Hindi heartland.

What does BJP’s hegemony in the Hindi belt mean for Indian politics?

The north-south divide is unprecedented in Indian politics

Prashun Bhaumik | New Delhi | 4 December, 2023 | 07:00 PM

As the results came in on Sunday, the only consolation for the Congress was Telangana, which the party won, defeating the Bharat Rashtra Samithi. However, in the three Hindi belt states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the party has been crushed by the Bharatiya Janata Party. With this victory, the BJP domination of the Hindi belt reaches something resembling hegemony. However, the BJP is absent from South India as of now. In fact, a glance at a map of India shows the stark geographical division between states that have BJP-led government and those led by the Opposition. This divide is unprecedented in Indian politics. What does this mean for Indian politics?