India’s long-delayed industrial revolution is about to launch
In his first five years in office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the basics of a civilised existence to 50-60% of Indians who had been denied access to bank accounts, cooking gas, toilets at home or school, and health insurance for 67 years since Independence. And he quintupled the pace at which rural homes were built, rural roads and world-class highways were extended. The world’s cheapest mobile phone and internet access were spread across the land, and micro-finance loans reached 130 million rural households. The audacity of this ambitious programme, and the spectacular effort in delivering it, enabled Modi to receive the largest pro-incumbent vote swing in independent India’s history.