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Towards the end of his first term in office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his regret was that he had not been able to win over Lutyens Delhi — the usual short-hand for India’s version of the Establishment, or entrenched (mostly English-speaking) elite. Now, approaching the end of his second term, what Mr Modi has been able to do is not so much win over the Establishment as displace it, as part of the larger plan to re-make the nation, not just the capital city.
At the Delhi end of this larger effort, there is the capture or demolition of the habitats of the old elite. Think tanks and various civil-society outfits inclined to do their own thing have been