The Big Story: Modi at three
- HowIndiaLives looks at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s four big government schemes – covering housing, electrification, rural jobs and financial inclusion – and compares their stated objective with what has actually been achieved.
- Swapan Dasgupta in the Hindustan Times says Modi has completely transformed India’s political landscape, but his governance track record will take time to fully comprehend.
- “The devastating flaw in Modi’s project is this,” writes Pankaj Mishra in Bloomberg, “he is trying to build a homogeneous national community in an irrevocably diverse country.”
- Rahul Bhatia and Tom Lasseter report for Reuters on a business that has grown up alongside Modi’s government: Ramdev’s $1.6 billion Patanjali enterprise.
- One of Modi’s big changes earlier on was to disband the Planning Commission in favour of a more collaborative think tank, called NITI Aayog. Yet over the last two and a half years, the institution has gone nowhere, writes Pradeep S Mehta in Mint.
- Those who hoped that India would change Modi have been disappointed, writes Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay in Asian Age. It is Modi who has changed the face of India.
- Three years in, do we even know what the Modi government’s Kashmir policy is? “Perhaps Modi, like his predecessor Manmohan Singh, believes that the situation in Kashmir would take a turn for the better by itself,” writes Arun Joshi in the Tribune. “That is not going to happen.”
- “Let us make no mistake. Three years after the revolution, the Indian State is back with a bang — back with all the Stalinist impulses of the Indira Gandhi era,” writes Harish Khare, also in the Tribune.
- While it is possible to give the government a good (if not glorious) grade on what it has achieved,” writes V Anantha Nageswaran in Swarajya, “it is hard to resist being wistful on what might have been.”
- Mihir Sharma writes on NDTV.com of the one thing that the Modi government has done that makes him proud: Standing up to China.
The Big Scroll
- Shiv Visvanathan writes of the four ways he was wrong about Narendra Modi when he came to power three years ago.
- Many of Modi’s right-wing liberal supporters are now disappointed by his tenure, finds Shoaib Daniyal.
- Narendra Modi is not just a prime minister, writes Ipsita Chakravarty, but an idea.
- Despite promises of job creation, the unemployment rate has slightly risen, points out Shreya Shah.
- With no third-party verification, claims of progress under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan remain uncertain, writes Swagata Yadavar.
- “Two out of Modis three biggest initiatives have been inconclusive,” writes Rohan Venkataramakrishnan. “How will GST fare?”