Before Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke at a BJP meeting in New Delhi on Monday evening, expectations were he’d announce measures to haul India’s sickly economy back on its feet.
Then, Modi said his government would deliver electricity to every Indian within 14 months. 14 months to solve a problem that’s remained insoluble for 70 years? Or does the man have a plan? How likely are Indians watching Modi on TVs powered by tractor batteries likely to see this promise fulfilled?
Some numbers, which Modi is clearly unaware of, might help. The World Bank publishes a list of how much electricity the average citizen of each country consumes every year. The latest complete set lists 137 countries; India figures at a miserable 109. The average Algerian gets twice the amount of electricity than us; the average Lithuanian four times. Read More…
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