PM Modi scored with his development mantra during his three-day visit to the northeast that ended Monday. But he avoided touchy issues while leaving the BJP in Assam red-faced with his push for a land swap deal with Bangladesh.
The Congress on Monday termed the BJP-led government a 'U-turn sarkar' for its 'frequent flip-flop' on critical issues such as black money, Chinese incursions, Article 370 and 'alliance with separatists' in Jammu and Kashmir during the past six months.
The contradictory pulls of South Asian countries that have stymied regional cooperation in the past are again on view at the Saarc summit in Kathmandu.
In his first detailed engagement with Afghanistan's newly elected president, Ashraf Ghani, Prime Minister Narendra Modi keenly listened to his views and strategy to deal with terror and the security transition underway.
Addressing the Saarc summit, PM Narendra Modi mentioned the 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai, describing it as a 'horror'. He also urged South Asian countries to join hands and combat terrorism together.
Pakistan has held back its assent to some key pacts at the 18th Saarc summit, which was to witness three agreements --- on road connectivity, railways and a framework for energy cooperation.
The handshake showed the utility and weakness of the Saarc platform. It got two leaders who haven’t been on talking terms together. But the fact that a mere handshake draws so much attention is a testament to the long way Delhi and Islamabad, and Saarc, have to go.
The government will have to move on major issues such as land acquisition, the infrastructure deficit, investment in human capital, the lack of regulatory consistency across states and raising the FDI limit in the insurance sector from 25% to 49%.
The PMO has been on overdrive ever since Narendra Modi moved into South Block in May. Within a few months of taking office, he held several meetings with department secretaries, making clear he wanted teamwork and quick decisions.
How will history judge Narendra Modi’s first six months as Prime Minister? It is likely history will not bother at all, and will instead place emphasis on the successes and failures, the advances and setbacks, of a longer time frame such as a composite five-year term, writes Ashok Malik.
It’s just six months since the new government took office. You cannot expect any visible outcome or full-blown action in the first six months of a new government. You have to assess it by its words and initial steps and reserve your final judgment, writes Yogendra Yadav.
While some praise positives on the foreign policy front, the Jan Dhan and Swachh Bharat initiatives as well as the scheme to get MPs to adopt a village, others are concerned about the slow pace of reforms and rise in communal conflagrations.