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India after Three Years of Modi: Cheers and Challenges

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Upstairs Seminar Room, Australia India Institute

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More than three years have passed since Narendra Modi steered the Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to a spectacular victory in
India’s Parliamentary elections and assumed office as the country’s 14th
Prime Minister in May 2014. Modi’s Prime Ministership has been eagerly followed
and discussed. The period has witnessed heightened engagement between India and
the rest of the world along with implementation of policies for reforming the
economy, domestic institutions and governance. Nonetheless, significant
challenges persist on the economic front, where expectations remain
unfulfilled. This seminar would review the past three years for identifying the
achievements of the Modi government and the pressing issues it needs to address
for taking India forward on the path of long-term economic prosperity while
ensuring social stability.

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Dr Amitendu Palit is Senior Research Fellow and Research Lead (Trade and Economic Policy) at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) in the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is an economist specializing in international trade policies, regional economic developments, comparative economic studies and political economy of public policies. He worked with the Government of India for several years with his longest span being in the Department of Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Finance, India. His books include The Trans Pacific Partnership, China and India: Economic and Political Implications (2014; Routledge UK), China India Economics: Challenges, Competition and Collaboration (2011; Routledge) and Special Economic Zones in India: Myths and Realities (2008; Anthem Press; Co-authored). He has edited several books and published in peer-reviewed academic journals. He is a columnist for India’s well known financial daily, Financial Express and a regular contributor for the China Daily. He also appears regularly as an expert on the BBC, Bloomberg, Channel News Asia, CNBC, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Doordarshan (India) and All-India Radio.

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