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A year of Modi

Notwithstanding the limitations of a smaller corp of Foreign Service officials for a nation of this size and potential, the Modi government has done a fabulous job in repositioning India’s credibility as an aspiring global power (“One year in office – Modi 365° — >Modi and his Chakravyuh”, May 20). However, the lack of strategic progress in the context of its western and north-western borders and domestic right-wing jingoism have the potential to harm and reverse the gain.

Mr. Modi’s ability to nurture a smart, flexible, transparent, credible and efficient machinery of governance by ushering in wide-ranging and long-pending legislative and administrative reforms are what will largely determine his success in breaching the resistance of the second circle of political coalition for governance, the third circle of instruments of governance, the fourth circle of institution-building and the fifth circle of public discourse of a plural society. Only a year has passed and it would be unfair to judge his success or failure given the fact that he has only recently unleashed a genie of grand expectations.

Rakesh Agrawal,

New Delhi

Evaluating Mr. Modi this way is rather premature and comparing his reign so far to a battle formation is astounding. Mr. Modi is supposed to falter in the fourth circle after attaining some element of success in the first three circles. This evaluation seems rather preposterous considering that Jawaharlal Nehru was a failure in the first circle in his estimation of the Chinese psyche which led to the war of 1962. Indira Gandhi fell prey to personal ambitions in the final two stages.

Is the writer taking his evaluation a bit too far especially as no other Indian Prime Minister has been estimated by this extraordinary method?

Shemeela Sasikumar,

Thrissur

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