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Analysis: Economy, Hindu-first impact are Modi's challenges


Added 05-24-19 05:03:01am EST - “India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi described his first term as "filling in potholes" - shorthand for addressing the country's basic needs.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Analysis: Economy, Hindu-first impact are Modi’s challenges”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

NEW DELHI (AP) - India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi described his first term as “filling in potholes” - shorthand for addressing the country’s basic needs.

In a campaign speech in April, he pledged his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party in the next five years would “try to address people’s aspirations and take the country to new heights.”

Modi claimed a decisive victory in India’s elections, the vote count showing his BJP winning a commanding majority in the lower house of Parliament allowing it to form a form a government on its own.

The victory signals that millions of Indians believe that Modi’s leadership is what the country needs to become a modern, developed and prosperous nation, while raising questions over how he and his party use such hefty political capital to advance their Hindu-first ideology and development agenda.

Modi’s vision of India is threefold, political analysts say: getting India into the exclusive $5 trillion economy club that includes the European Union, United States, China and Japan; asserting itself as a nuclear power and a force in the world; and placing its Hindu heritage at the center of politics.

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