Plenty of rhetoric
Most governments, including the United Front of the mid-1990s, enjoy a one-year honeymoon of goodwill from the intelligentsia and the chatterati before the sheer ungovernability of India causes disenchantment and the urge for change.
In that sense, the Narendra Modi government has proved a contrarian. It has taken less than that time for the sense of disillusionment to set in.
The unhappiness of his most articulate and moneyed group of supporters, business and industry, is already evident (the denials from Confederation of Indian Industry chief Ajay Shriram can safely be ignored).
But even his more liberal votaries who had convinced themselves he would "change" once he came to power at the Centre - that is, become more communally inclusive - are beginning to have misgivings.
Not that you'd get the impression of inactivity. A thoughtful speech from the Red Fort on Independence Day set out a sensible agenda. Make in India and Swachh Bharat made their big bang debuts.
The worshipful manner of some of India's most powerful businessmen at the former event was an indication of their desperation for the advent of achhe din after seven years of langour and cynical welfarism.
Sturdily worded tweets emanate daily from the prime minister's twitter handle and all his multifarious social media accounts are as active as any teenager's.
In less than six months, the chief executive of India's government has managed to get photo-ops with leaders of all the world's great powers. He convinced the world's most powerful leader to agree to be the chief guest at our next Republic Day celebrations.
Text: Kanika Datta, Business Standard
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