04 December, 2020

Johnny Come Jaitley

To get the economy right, Modi sarkar needs to get its politics right or it’ll lose a winning battle

Johnny Come Jaitley

In June 2014, Narendra Modi lamen­ted—rather prematurely, one must say in retrospect—that he did not have anything called a “honeymoon period” in government. In a post titled ‘A few thoughts as we comp­lete one month in office’, he wrote: “Every new government has something that friends in the media like to call a ‘honeymoon period’. Previous governments had the luxury of extending this ‘honeymoon period’ up to 100 days and even beyond. Not unexpectedly, I don’t have any such luxury. Forget 100 days, the series of allegations began in less than a hundred hours.”

Among the controversies raked up in the media at that time were his HRD minister Smriti Irani’s educational qualifications, the appointment of Nripendra Misra as principal secretary in the PMO by issuing an ordinance, and the rail fare hike.

If Modi were to write the blog today, he might well be tempted to view those days—and the next nine months—as part of an extended honeymoon period. Despite the media...



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