Opinion: PM’s Pro-Poor Pitch On Power Holds Promise

Opinion: PM’s Pro-Poor Pitch On Power Holds Promise

Power flows from the barrel of the gun, said Mao Zedong. Prime Minister Narendra Modi would appear to believe that political power for a second term of his government would flow from the power grid.

At the extended meeting of the BJP National Executive, Modi outlined a vision building a power sector that would light every lamp in every home in every hamlet, and fire up every hearth as well, and the country would turn power surplus, preferably from renewable sources, the sun in particular.

The speech did not hold out any great promise of new investment that would reverse economic deceleration but did underline the PM’s commitment to the poor of the country and his efforts to alleviate their distress in sector after sector, focusing, in particular, on energy. Read More…

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