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Lessons BJP should remember from the 2004 election

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Ms Sonia Gandhi’s National Advisory Council believed that since India was not Shining, the first order of business was to vastly increase the system of entitlements regardless of consequences. The government did not even demur.


Infrastructure was an inconvenient word best put aside. The first priority of the new dispensation for the road programme was to remove hoardings showing the former Prime Minister as its architect. Never mind that the pace slowed to a trickle and projects have dragged on for years. Railways became fiefdoms of populist allies who bled the aging giant white even while burdening it beyond limits, proffering ever greater subsidies. Telecommunications and coal mining became mired into unimaginable cesspools of corruption. Read More

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