'Modi effect' gets Delhi working, but reforms prove elusive

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shaken up India's ruling elite in his first 100 days since taking power, but has so far struggled to deliver the bold reforms needed to kick-start the economy. Modi swept to power in May on a tide of hope after years of political stagnation and slowing economic growth in the world's largest democracy.

His Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party (BJP)'s landslide election win gave them the strongest mandate in a generation. But the new government's first budget was short on big-ticket reforms, and it ended its first parliamentary session in power this month without managing to push through even modest legislative changes.

"When Modi came to power, people had huge expectations of him and people thought that things would happen right from the first day," said Manoj Joshi of the New Delhi-based think-tank Observer Research Foundation. "But he has been a bit slow and cautious and we haven't seen anything dramatic in budget or policy announcements."


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