The promise and challenge of Narendra Modi in Al Jazeera America

Earlier this month, in the world’s largest democratic election, more than 170 million Indian voters chose Narendra Modi as the country’s 15th prime minister. Modi, a three-time chief minister of the state of Gujarat, made much of his improbable rise from a train station tea seller to the highest level of Indian politics. Following his inauguration on May 26, Modi’s National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will form a new government with a clear majority in the Legislature. His resounding victory offers reasons to hope his government will promote development and prosperity for all Indians. Legislating with a majority should facilitate bold economic reforms — reducing the role of the decrepit state sector and salvaging the country’s byzantine tax code in order to jump-start India’s markets.


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Posted on May 31, 2014 .