With some help from the predecessor

In assessing Narendra Modi's success with many schemes, Manmohan Singh's fundamental work should not be ignored

A K Bhattacharya

Illustration: Binay Sinha

In about three months, Narendra Modi will enter the 10th year of his prime ministership. At the end of May 2024, his tenure as prime minister would become just about as long as that of Manmohan Singh, who headed the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for 10 years — from 2004 to 2014. Comparisons are bound to be made between the two prime ministers on the way they handled the Indian economy and the nature of outcomes they secured for the country.

Indeed, comparisons between the pace of India’s economic growth and other economic parameters during the 10-year tenures of the two prime ministers are already being made. But there is another way to compare their regimes by evaluating how effectively their policies impacted the common man. That is possible through an assessment of the correlation between such policy instruments used or introduced by the two prime ministers during their respective tenures.
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