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Modi sympathizers among India’s public intellectuals are penning columns oozing disap

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The honeymoon is truly over for prime minister Narendra Modi.

The assessment about his government’s performance in the first 74 days in office, even among those seen as his supporters, is bleak. Over the last few weeks, a growing trickle of newspaper columns from well-known academics and public intellectuals have expressed their disenchantment with the Narendra Modi government. Particularly notable are the ones penned by those who were seen as Modi’s most visible sympathisers during his election campaign.

They believe Modi is starting to be seen as politically weak and indecisive as the previous prime minister. Most of their criticism centres around the government’s lacklustre Budget in July, India’s present WTO stance and Modi’s silence on key issues. Some fear status quo-loving bureaucrats are hijacking the government’s growth agenda.

Such prominent Modi supporters as economist Arvind Panagariya and Firspost.com editor R. Jagannathan have openly expressed their disappointment in the last month.
Pratap Bhanu Mehta:
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi increasingly seems to be trapped in his own echo chamber. His government is fast confusing the trees for the forest and ignoring the sense of restlessness brewing outside its hallowed circles.”

Bibek Debroy
“Here is a government that came in with a lot of hope, riding a tide of high expectations, promising change. Ennui has already set in.”
Surjit Bhalla
“India is making itself a laughing stock in the eyes of the world community (perhaps it does not matter) by violating agreements it made just six months earlier when it made the WTO accept its unreasonable demands … given that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is widely believed, and correctly so, to be his own man, then why, in the name of god and India, is Modi-BJP pursuing an illogical and regressive stance at the WTO?”

Modi sympathizers among India?s public intellectuals are penning columns oozing disappointment ? Quartz
Going against WTO is an act of courage. I do not know if the decision was right for India.

Regardless, there are many wealthy people who are very unhappy with how 'India has killed the chance to add 1 trillion dollars worth of gains for the world' due to its decision. I am sure that those people want to discredit India quickly and these so called 'Modi supporting journalists' are possibly the corrupt mouth pieces paid to malign the government (my guess at this point)
Even a UN committee on agriculture has said that India has taken the right decision. Protecting Indian farmers, feeding Indian poor is more important than creating jobs in other countries. Modi, bjp, RSS, swadeshi jagran manth and many other groups are bharath centric and believe that we need not tow west in every issue.
Allowing FDI in insurance is also questioned by many groups because it is only a money transfer game, without any attendent benefit of economic and productivity benefits. In the long run it is better to leave all countries to their own wisdom and fate.
But calling NaMo a zero, I think the western journalists have crossed the limits..Sitting in ivory towers away from ground reality on a high moral pedestal, they are doing a disservice to journalism..

"But this early wave of disenchantment is a reminder that the man India elected this year is, in some ways, a cipher"
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