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Why Singh was King

The Modi government is making everyone feel worse off. That's bad politics

T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan 

T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan Look back over the last 55 years, ie the period between 1962 and now, and you will find a distinct feature: the voters have given a full second term to just one Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh during 2004-14. No other prime minister since Nehru died in 1964 has managed to get re-elected. True, Atal Behari Vajpayee was given three chances but his first government lasted 13 days and the second less than 20 months. When he finally got a full term (1999-2004) he was voted out at the end of his five years. This is in sharp contrast to what has been happening in the states. ...

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First Published: Sun, September 17 2017. 10:07 IST
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