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Anger at India's Slowdown Gives Modi a Very Big Headache

  • Government needs quick recovery to avoid dissent "snowballing"
  • Weak opposition may not move to capitalize on economic worries
India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

Photographer: Graham Crouch/Bloomberg

For the first time in his three-and-a-half year rule, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing sustained discontent over his economic policies as growth slows, job losses mount and distressed farmers protest.

Four senior members of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party have hit out at the government, emboldening the country’s weak opposition and challenging the previously unstoppable leader to find quick fixes before the 2019 national polls and a raft of state votes. And as criticism of the Modi’s economic management intensifies, the usually loud voices of his supporters are falling silent.