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Narendra Modi's COVID triumph has India ready for liftoff

After two difficult years, the South Asian giant has found its stride again

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Huge crowd at Juhu Beach after the removal of all restrictions from the pandemic in Mumbai on Apr. 3: the mood of the public seems to be largely upbeat.   © Hindustan Times/Getty Images

Rupa Subramanya is a researcher and commentator. She is a distinguished fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and the co-author of "Indianomix: Making Sense of Modern India."

In a dramatic evening television address on Mar. 24, 2020, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a surprise lockdown to combat COVID-19 that would rank as one of the harshest in the democratic world.

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