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Hurdles for Modi 2.0: Economy, J&K, NRC

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Governments have to put on a brave face when they are facing problems. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government does it very well. It does something more. It denies that there is a challenge in the first place, even as it grapples with it on the ground. The two major challenges before the government are the ground situation in the Kashmir Valley after the removal of Article 370 and the economic slowdown. Prime Minister Modi and his colleagues are rightly emphasising the decision of abrogating Article 370 and not talking very much about the elusive normality in the Valley ever since the decision was taken. The Prime Minister and home minister Amit Shah chose to emphasise the political daring involved in the decision while remaining silent on the continuing lockdown in the Valley. National security adviser Ajit Doval has been talking about the improvement in the situation on the ground, which is a far cry from the prevailing tensions on the ground.

On the economic front, while finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman is trying to project a reassuring image that the government is dealing with the problem aggressively, minister for information and broadcasting Prakash Javadekar in his press conference to mark the 100 days of the second Modi government sheepishly acknowledged that the slowdown was due to the global economic situation, and said that the fundamentals of the economy remained strong.

Then there is the mess created by the........

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