Largest Election in History Means India Will Tilt Further Toward Russia

Following the largest democratic exercise in human history, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi won a reelection on June 4 that could allow him to draw India nearer to Russia.

  • Over the course of six weeks, more than 640 million Indians cast a ballot.
  • Modi’s National Democratic Alliance won 293 of the lower house’s 543 seats.
  • 240 of these were for his Bharatiya Janata Party.
  • This was a decline from the numbers Modi won in 2014 and 2019, but it was enough to empower him to keep pursuing his nationalist goals inside and outside of India.

Many of Modi’s hundreds of millions of supporters remain fiercely loyal to him and view him as uniquely able to lead India into the future.

No one can do for us what our Prime Minister Modi can. He has come to us as an instrument of God. He will take our country forward and is the only one who can run the country.
—Rajgopal Kashyap, Bharatiya Janata Party worker

Tilting to Russia: During his decade at India’s helm, Modi has built a reputation for deftly walking the tightrope between Russia and the United States. But in recent years, he has increasingly tilted toward Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was among the first world leaders to congratulate the 73-year-old Modi on his reelection. During the congratulatory call, the two men pledged to keep bolstering the India-Russia partnership in all areas.

  • The centuries-old relationship between the two became significant in the mid-1960s when the Soviet Union sold MiG 21 helicopters to India.
  • In 2000, the two signed the landmark Declaration on the India-Russia Strategic Partnership, establishing deeper cooperation in defense, security and economy.
  • In recent decades, Russian exports to India have grown at an annualized rate of 15.6 percent, from $807 million in 1995 to $40.4 billion in 2022.
  • The relationship has become especially valuable to Russia since its war on Ukraine, as India has given Russia invaluable economic and political support throughout the conflict.

Prophesied trend: Ezekiel 38 shows that Russia’s power will increase until it becomes the leading power of Asia. Several Asian nations, including India, will ally fully with Putin’s Russia. India’s decision to continue to support Russia despite its brutal war on Ukraine shows that the formation of this Asian alliance is well underway—a dark future is just ahead.

When these Asian nations—extremely powerful nuclear-armed countries—begin to show solidarity with each other regarding moves like that, what does that portend for the world? I tell you it is woe to the world. It will cause many serious problems. And it is going to affect everyone.
—Gerald Flurry, Trumpet editor in chief, “Asia Stands With Putin

Learn more: Read The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia.’