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Modi's Window for Reform Is Closing

India's halting efforts at economic reform have been hit by scandal.
Last call.

Last call.

Photographer: Cole Burston/AFP/Getty Images

The window of opportunity for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to press for serious economic reform seems to be closing. A little over a year after taking office, Modi's government has been caught up in its first big political scandal.

Critics say Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj abused her position to help Lalit Modi, a businessman and former head of the Indian Premier League (a cricket tournament) who's been accused of corruption. Modi, no relation of the prime minister, has long denied wrongdoing; he now lives in London. Swaraj helped him secure travel documents.