Across the Bor­der

Southasia - - EDITOR'S MAIL -

It was in­ter­est­ing to read about the var­i­ous eco­nomic poli­cies im­ple­mented by Naren­dra Modi dur­ing his stint as Chief Min­is­ter of Gu­jarat as well as the chal­lenges ahead as he as­sumes the post of Prime Min­is­ter. Naren­dra Modi def­i­nitely has his work cut out for him as he now has to fo­cus on al­le­vi­at­ing In­dia of its bur­geon­ing poverty is­sue as well as en­hance the value of In­dia’s econ­omy in terms of global com­pet­i­tive­ness. His own eco­nomic model may have brought about mas­sive de­vel­op­ment and growth to the state of Gu­jarat when he was Chief Min­is­ter, yet I agree with the writer of the piece ‘A Chal­leng­ing Model’ when he says that this par­tic­u­lar model will have to be mod­i­fied in or­der to fit needs of the coun­try’s econ­omy as a whole. Whether Naren­dra Modi will prove to be the leader he prom­ises to be is any­body’s guess. Many prom­ises that he has made, in­clud­ing the pre-poll prom­ise of bring­ing back black money as high­lighted in the ar­ti­cle, have yet to be ful­filled. In ad­di­tion, we have to yet to see his stance on for­eign pol­icy, much of which will shape the kind of treat­ment meted out to In­dia’s neigh­bors in the fu­ture. It is still, how­ever, quite pre­ma­ture to draw any con­clu­sions at present. Will Naren­dra Modi will be able to get In­dia onto the track of eco­nomic pros­per­ity and growth? Only time will tell. Haroun Ali Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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