Writing in Time magazine in 2015, no less a moral and political authority than Barack Obama hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi as India’s “reformer-in-chief" who “reflects the dynamism and potential of India’s rise." Such a dramatic reversal of reputations — “from hero to zero," as the Indian wisecrack goes — is not new in India’s case. For much of India’s seven decades, when it appeared to be on the wrong side of the Cold War, Western commentators regarded the country as a basket case. To India’s hollowed-out institutions, Modi has delivered a lusty kick; they have predictably collapsed into a heap. Modi is a symptom rather than the main cause of the country’s political degeneration and economic stagnation.
Source: Mint December 09, 2019 00:00 UTC