Fifth column: Wasting a mandate (Modi sarkar’s disillusionment)

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Only good governance can, and so far there are very few signs of it. Nowhere do I see this more than on my travels.As I watched the worrying spectacle of senior ministers submitting their report cards to the RSS last week, I wondered whether the Prime Minister has not forgotten who elected him and why. Does he remember that he became the first prime minister in 30 years to win a full mandate because people were sick of bad governance? Whatever his loyalties to the RSS, he should realise that hyper-nationalism and Hindutva cannot help him bring ‘parivartan’ or ‘vikas.’ Only good governance can, and so far there are very few signs of it. Nowhere do I see this more than on my travels.

On a morning of luminous sunlight last week, I arrived in Srinagar. It was the kind of day that brought back memories from before the violence, but I quickly realised this was no time for nostalgia. Everyone I spoke to laughed cynically when I asked about flood relief and almost everyone added that they had ‘expected more from …

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