The recent elections in India delivered an overwhelming victory for Narendra Modi and the BJP, a political party linked to extreme right wing ideology, ending the post independence domination of the Congress party. The consequences of this political earthquake will be far reaching for both India and for the geopolitics of the region. Priyamvada Gopal teaches in the English Faculty at Cambridge and researches into colonial and post colonial literatures as well as the polítics and cultures of Empíre. Her work has appeared in The Hindu, Outlook India, India Today, the Times Literary Supplement, The New Statesman and The Guardian and she has contributed occasionally to the BBC’s Start the Week and Newsnight as well as programmes on NDTV (India), Al-Jazeera, National Public Radio and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation . She will look at the background to the election and how it will change the future course of politics in India and beyond.