South Asia and Beyond

Has India Mainstreamed Economic Reforms?

In his address to the concluding session of the 17th Lok Sabha last month Prime Minister Narendra Modi unabashedly embraced economic reforms: “Reform, Perform and Transform.”

Further, he claimed that his government was able to target welfare benefits by deploying these process reforms like Direct Benefits Transfer.

Indeed, this is a first. Previous governments, fearful of the political backlash, preferred to covertly support economic reforms.

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Has India normalised economic reforms? Has it managed a mindset reset?

To answer all this and more I spoke to Sanjeev Sanyal, economist, and member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC).

Anil Padmanabhan

Anil Padmanabhan has been a journalist for the last 36 years. He has worked in various capacities in several publications including Afternoon Despatch & Courier, Press Trust of India, Business Standard, Mint and was based in New York for India Today. He was a Nieman Fellow in 2001. He tweets at @capitalcalculus.