Narendra Modi’s Quiet Beginning Dims India’s Hopes for Swift Change

NEW DELHI — During the months leading up to the spring parliamentary elections, Indians looked at Narendra Modi and saw what they wanted to see.

Right-wing Hindus saw a cultural warrior. Working-class voters saw an incorruptible outsider who would impose discipline, from the “Delhi durbar,” the elite cliques dating to the Mughal courts, down to police constables. Industrialists counted on having an advocate at the top. And public intellectuals in New Delhi, among them centrists who had abandoned the Indian National Congress party, saw an economic reformer who would use his enormous mandate to introduce bold, potentially unpopular policies that would reawaken growth.

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Caption: Supporters of Narendra Modi after his Bharatiya Janata Party won a landslide election in May. Credit Kuni Takahashi for The New York Times

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