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Modi Has Underwhelmed India

Prime minister needs to move faster to fulfill his promises.
Well, that was uninspiring.

Well, that was uninspiring.

Photographer: Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

When Narendra Modi swept to power in India a year ago, critics said they feared his strongman tendencies. They needn't have worried. In his approach to economic reform, he's been anything but forceful.

In 2014, voters gave Modi a mandate for radical reform and a big parliamentary majority to carry it out. Granted, his government hasn't been idle -- it's done a lot of smallish things, many of them valuable -- but it hasn't been bold. That is what India needed Modi to be. Now, at the end of his precious first year as prime minister, it might be too late.