In my view the Prime Minister was chasing bigger game, both economically and politically. Inevitably, the two are intimately linked. Mr Modi’s underlying purpose is to signal a fundamental discontinuity in the prevailing economic ethos.
By linking growth both with employment as well as with the imperative of holding our own with China for strategic autonomy, Prime Minister Modi has brought sustainable, high quality, inclusive economic growth to the centre of political discussion, which is where it rightfully belongs.
The shocking reality is that where India was in 1947 is about where England was in 1280, while India in 2010 is where England was in the Victorian era, 700 years later. So our development has been ten times quicker than the country from which we gained independence.