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India’s best minds evaluate PM Narendra Modi’s one year in office

Here we produce some of the best takes on the performance of the Narendra Modi-government in its first year.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: May 29, 2015 2:25:36 pm
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As the Narendra Modi-led government completes one year in office, we take a look at some of the most insightful and compelling editorials written in the pages of the Indian Express on the ruling regime. In its first year in office, how did the government do? Which are the areas where the government has shown a sustained political will? And where has the Modi administration floundered? Read them all here to find out.

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1. Bold moves on world stage by Kishore Mahbubani

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“With Xi Jinping in charge, we now know what the new strong China looks like. With Narendra Modi in charge, we are finally getting glimpses of what the new strong India will look like. It will be a radically different India from the one that the world has got used to,” writes Kishore Mahbubani.

“With Modi’s arrival, the list of genuinely non-aligned powers has grown from two to four: US, Russia, China and India,” he writes.

2. Bure din for social sector by Aruna Roy & Nikhil Dey

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“The celebrations of the first year in office of this government are in sharp contrast to the plight of the common person,” write Aruna Roy and Nikhil Dey.

“The callousness of the government is most noticeable in its attitude to social sector issues. It does not seem to realise that rights-based legislation were not a UPA creation, but a reflection of the aspirations of millions of Indians struggling to procure the most basic entitlements,” the article quotes.

3. India Inc, be patient by Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

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Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, the CEO of Biocon, writes about the efforts of PM Modi and his government in key infrastructure areas.

“His Make in India campaign has set the tone for transforming India into a global manufacturing hub; the Jan Dhan Yojana has taken financial inclusion to the heart of rural India; the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has put cleanliness on the top of the nation’s agenda; and his Digital India initiative has laid the groundwork for a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy,” she writes.

“Importantly, Modi has arrested the policy paralysis that had hit the nation and brought in a new dynamism to the corridors of power,” she adds.

4. Us Versus Them by Bruce Riedel

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“A year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi was inaugurated, the bipolar alliance system in South Asia has hardened. While the alliance system remains completely informal, the United States and India have come closer to each other, and China and Pakistan have come much closer together,” writes Bruce Riedel.

“The current alliance structure has its origins in events dating back to 1962, but it has accelerated dramatically in the last year,” he adds.

5. Most reform since 1991 by R C Bhargava

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“This is the first government in India’s history that has clearly enunciated the importance of manufacturing for the inclusive development of the country and the generation of jobs for young people with aspirations. This itself is a major change of policy and of vital importance to our future,” writes RC Bhargava.

The author goes on to argue that more policies and reform measures have been implemented in this year since 1991.

6. A new manual for diplomats by C. Raja Mohan

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“As Prime Minister Narendra Modi completes the first year in office, his greatest momentum has been in the least expected domain — foreign policy. As a state chief minister with limited exposure to the world of international relations, Modi, it was widely believed, might face a handicap on the diplomatic front and would concentrate on his presumed strength in economic management,” writes C Raja Mohan, an expert on foreign policy.

“Over the last one year, Modi has shown a surprising personal enthusiasm for diplomacy and revelled in the international attention he has got,” he writes.

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