26 November, 2020

“Modi Is A Pragmatist... He’ll Project Only To Win.”

Chai pe charcha on one year of the Narendra Modi government in India's wheat bowl.

Ekta Sharma
“Modi Is A Pragmatist... He’ll Project Only To Win.”
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

Rana Doodh Wala Dhaba does brisk business in the semi-rural outskirts of Chandigarh, in an area that has for long been on the radar of land sharks. His speciality is doodh wali chai—a typically Punjab concoction that involves boiling tea leaves with thick milk and sugar. This week, as he hosted a diverse group of thinkers and professionals in his mud-plastered yard, surrounded by fields and a noisy link road busy with farmers taking produce to the markets, Rana listened in to a chai pe charcha on one year of the Narendra Modi government.

Consensus on anything that Modi does is rare, but as the charcha swirled, there appea­red to emerge a grudging admiration, even from his strongest critics, that the prime minister has got some things right—for ins­tance, his foreign policy initiatives, designed to enhance India’s position as a regional power, and his economic diplomacy.There is appreciation for campaigns like the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and Modi’s avowed stance against corruption. But some feel such grandiose enterprises are doomed to fail...

unsub

THIS ARTICLE IS PRICELESS...

To read this piece, and more such stories in India's most exciting and exacting magazine, plus get access to our 25-year archives goldmine, please subscribe.


Latest Magazine

November 30, 2020
content

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section