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A Year Of Hopes

The jury is still out on Indian Premier Narendra Modi’s ability to deliver on his promises 

4/30/2015 2:52:13 PM
written By : Shobha Tsering Bhalla Print

On May 25, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set tocomplete his first year in office and the report cards are coming in thick and fast. In most of them he has scored disappointingly with the exception of foreign policy where he has excelled by improving India’s global image.

Perhaps expectations were too high when Modi and his party the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept into power last May giving new hope to a people fed up of decades of ineffective, corrupt Congress rule and an entrenched governing elite. But it may be early days yet. After all, one year is hardly enough time even for a single-party oligarchy to end poverty, clean up the country and deliver the dozens of goodies the country desperately needs and that Modi has promised. But it is enough time, even in a raucous, multi-party democracy, to show real intent and purpose which many feel Modi has not. Indeed, going by the mood on the ground and media reports, many feel that Modi may have over-promised and under-delivered.  

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