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Let 'New India' not meet the terrible fate of 'India Shining'

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This is an age of fast-forwards. So, 16 May, 2014, seems like it was just the other day. The Modi Government has already completed two-thirds of its term and entering the slog overs of the match.

It is exactly at this time of the year in September 2013 that the BJP declared Narendra Modi as its Prime Ministerial candidate much to the chagrin of the old guard. Since, then it has been one non-stop bullet train ride for the country.

Last week’s Cabinet Reshuffle was, therefore, like a strategic time out in the match before the real chase for the runs begin. But, the last few overs preceding it were a bit rough for Team Modi.

First, there was the Gorakhpur hospital tragedy. Before that could die-down came the Ram Rahim verdict saga and riots in Haryana and Punjab. These were interspersed with bad news about the economy, lower GDP in the first quarter of the financial year and Reserve Bank of India statistics once again raising questions about the impact of Demonetisation.

All these gave enough ammunition for the opposition and critics of the government to attack Narendra Modi. In this din was buried the most significant news of the diplomatic resolution of the Doklam standoff with China.

Come September, a new outrage swept the country over “who killed Gauri Lankesh?” The default assumption being she was a victim of Right Wing extremism.

Another Prime Minister or any other Government may have faltered........

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