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Modi: promises, promises

With elections coming, India needs reform plans not populist pledges

| India

Indian Prime Minister's Narendra Modi 2014 election victory was partly based on a reputation for competent economic management during his tenure as Chief Minister of his home state of Gujarat.

His government's record has not matched the promise. It should be a central issue in the 2019 election, with jobs, incomes and poverty levels already figuring prominently in the campaigning. Unfortunately, a lack of progress on economic reforms combined with the resort to easy economic populism by both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government and the Congress led opposition does not auger well for the future.

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