The secret to Modi's success

On the face of things, Mr Narendra Modi has failed variously and spectacularly as India's prime minister. After pledging to create millions of jobs, he has, according to a leaked government report, presided over a dramatic rise in unemployment among young Indians.

Vowing to vanquish terrorism, he took most currency notes out of circulation and cracked down hard in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmir has since witnessed a sharp spike in militancy and its biggest terrorist attack in years. Swearing ferocious vengeance against Pakistan, Mr Modi has had to resort to dubious claims about destroyed terrorist camps and hundreds of dead Pakistanis in order to appear a man of his word.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 15, 2019, with the headline 'The secret to Modi's success'. Print Edition | Subscribe