Four years ago this Saturday, when Mr Narendra Modi took the oath of office as its first prime minister born in the post-Independence era, the promise was of a cleaner and transparent government that would mark a refreshing and welcome change from the scandal-ridden final years of the Manmohan Singh decade.
Not since the early days of Sukarno's rule in Indonesia had Asia seen such a powerful orator and crowd-puller as Mr Modi turned out to be, climbing to power with a landslide win last seen 30 years earlier. In marked contrast to the taciturn Dr Singh and his gaffe-prone Congress Party colleague Rahul Gandhi, it was thought that Mr Modi's peerless oratory and image of a performance-oriented leader would keep him in place for at least three five-year terms.
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