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Narendra Modi: The one handed Prime Minister

Why India and the 'Free Market' needs a Manmohan Singh, not a Modi

Vivek Oberoi 

An exasperated President Harry Truman famously asked that he be sent a “one- armed economist”—someone who could take a stand on issues and didn’t caveat every argument with "On the one hand, this" and "on the other hand, that". Harry Truman could have been expressing the sentiment of India’s English speaking elite. Indians were tired of the politics of consensus.

And they were tired of socialism. So they elected the confident and capitalist Narendra Modi. Or so the narrative goes. The idea that a strongman in Delhi is needed to ...

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First Published: Tue, March 15 2016. 15:01 IST
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