I am puzzled.
I am puzzled by the widespread, and apparently genuine, dismay and disappointment at the Narendra Modi government's early decisions and actions.
And the reason I am puzzled is this: what did you expect? Were you not paying attention?
There is reason to feel a certain sense of betrayal if you were indeed naive enough to believe the Bharatiya Janata Party's claims that it would reduce prices within a short while of being elected.
Inflation, especially food inflation, isn't a lazy bureaucrat. It isn't something that will start coming in early following a stern glance from a Strong Leader.
It's a structural problem that will take some time to solve. If you believed anyone's claims otherwise, then you only have yourself to blame.
It is not these people's reaction that puzzles me.
Text: Mihir S Sharma, Business Standard
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