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Modi: e Year On

 
Slum dwellers carry drinking water containers which they filled from a water tanker provided by the state-run Delhi Jal (water) Board on a hot summer day in New Delhi, India, May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
Charities on Modi

Charities unsure Modi's brought "good days"

In his first year in power, PM Narendra Modi has brought in banking for the poor, set up campaigns to improve sanitation and curb the abortion of female foetuses - but slashed funds for education, health, women and children. In a report focusing on policies affecting the poor and marginalised - charities gave a mixed verdict on Modi's NDA coalition, which took office exactly one year ago.  Full Article 

Supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stand on a water tanker as they wait for his helicopter to take-off after a rally in Mathura, India, May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Courting the Poor

One year on, PM Modi courts India's poor

Prime Minister Narendra Modi told thousands of supporters his government was devoted to the poor, directly tackling criticism he has governed for the rich and failed farmers in his first year in office. On the eve of the government's first anniversary Modi travelled to a region hard hit by crop losses and bad weather to counter opposition jibes that he is losing support of rural areas.  Read | Pictures from Mathura rally 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye (not pictured) during a meeting at the presidential Blue House on May 18, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. REUTERS/Chung Sung-Jun/Pool
Column

Narendra Modi, reforms and the markets

PM Narendra Modi completes one year in office amid hopes from markets and investors that he will push the pedal harder on reforms. The government is on course to deliver on structural reforms, although the impact on the ground will only show over the medium term. It has managed to improve cyclical parameters, but corporate earnings continue to be weak and investment is yet to pick up.  Column 

A health worker (R) weighs a child under a government program in New Delhi, India, May 7, 2015.  REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
Roads Before Welfare

Modi faces dissent over spending shakeup

As PM Narendra Modi completes one year in office, his cuts in central welfare spending on the poorest of India's 1.25 billion people are coming in for sharp criticism, including from within his cabinet. Modi has saved money on central social and subsidy expenditure and pumped it into an infrastructure stimulus he hopes will trigger a spurt in growth.  Read | What Maneka Gandhi told FM about welfare cuts 

Labourers unload sacks filled with wheat from a truck at the Punjab State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited (PUNSUP) godown at a wholesale grain market in Punjab, India, May 6, 2015. REUTERS/Ajay Verma
Farm Sector

Storm brewing in rural India for Modi govt

Just one year after taking office, Narendra Modi is facing a challenge that could come to haunt him - the farm sector is in deep trouble, and he is being blamed for not doing enough. Modi romped to power last year by the biggest margin any prime minister has got in three decades. But the rural crisis has dented his popularity and opposition is finding new vigour in his discomfort.  Full Article 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends an event in New Delhi February 17, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer/Files
Delayed Reforms

Market woes tarnish end to Modi's first year

A surprise delay to India's new goods and services tax (GST) marks one of the most painful setbacks suffered by PM Narendra Modi's government in its first year in power. The introduction of the GST, which would replace a patchwork of levies by the central and state governments, would constitute India's biggest tax reform since independence.  Full Article