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COVID-19 puts Narendra Modi's modest wins at risk

Anniversary of 1991 economic reforms shows up prime minister's bombast

| India
Narendra Modi, pictured during a rally in Kolkata on Mar. 7: the Prime Minister displayed more passion in talking up Hindu nationalism than urging lawmakers to modernize a rigid economy.   © Hindustan Times/Getty Images

William Pesek is an award-winning Tokyo-based journalist and author of "Japanization: What the World Can Learn from Japan's Lost Decades."

As COVID-19 devastates India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces an underappreciated challenge from milestones.

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