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India election

Modi places $1.4tn infrastructure bet on his second term

Skeptics doubt gamble to create world's third-largest economy will pay off

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not said where he will get the money to modernize the country's infrastructure. (Nikkei montage/Reuters)   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to strike militants in neighboring Pakistan in February is a major reason he and his ruling coalition clinched a landslide general election victory on May 23.

But Modi's zero-tolerance response to a suicide bomb attack in Kashmir was not the only reason voters backed him.

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