Where Is Modi The Eco­nomic Mod­ern­izer

The Day After - - OPEN HOUSE - Shashikant Dwi­wedi, Luc­know

So what, pre­cisely, has been Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s re­sponse to the fact that his mis­man­age­ment of the econ­omy has caused growth to slow to alarm­ing pro­por­tions? He’s an­nounced a push to­wards ru­ral elec­tri­fi­ca­tion, as well as a new eco­nomic pol­icy coun­cil. What does this re­ac­tion say about his pol­i­tics go­ing for­ward? Both in the 2014 elec­tion cam­paign and in the years since, Modi has had to bal­ance two nar­ra­tives. First as an eco­nomic mod­ern­izer and re­former and sec­ond is that he is a man of the peo­ple, and will pro­vide ben­e­fits like 50 per­cent re­turns for farm­ers. Now, in 2017, peo­ple are still look­ing for that Modi who is nowhere in the pic­ture.

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