The muddle Modi made; Narendra Modi is damaging India’s economy as well as its democracy

The country at last has a leader with the power and the incentives to push through big reforms. But he is not acting

Print edition | Leaders

Oct 24th 2019

Stories of the clampdown in Jammu & Kashmir and the threat to strip millions of poor and mostly Muslim people in Assam of citizenship, a form of ethnic cleansing by bureaucracy, have seeped into the world’s consciousness, but many Western businesspeople are still inclined to defend the Indian prime minister. Even if Narendra Modi is bad for democracy, they say, his pro-business philosophy is good for the economy. But, as our special report this week argues, that argument no longer washes. India’s economy is incompetently managed and doing badly.

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