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As 'foreign' economic advisors leave, a protectionist India returns

Right-wing advisors associated with the RSS are gaining more space within the government

Reuters  |  New Delhi 

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi took power in 2014, he leaned on three Indian academics who had predominantly worked in the United States to drive a liberal, globalised economic policy. Now, as Modi faces a tough general election next year to retain office, the last of them has quit. At least a dozen government officials, policy advisors and members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) told Reuters that policymaking has mostly been handed over to Modi's own office and to a coterie of right-wing and nationalist economists. The departures of the three economists ...

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First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 16:09 IST