Today, Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party can celebrate reaching two milestones that loomed large on its socio-religious agenda. The first is the ceremony, which the prime minister is to attend, to lay the foundation stone of a temple at Ayodhya, the culmination of an intense 30-year campaign. The second is the first anniversary of the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A that gave the former state of Jammu & Kashmir its special
status. These events must be weighed against the declining health of the Indian economy since 2016, which the pandemic has rendered precarious, and the steady diminution of secularism in the public discourse. Opinion
writers tackle facets of these issue on the opinion
pages. Kanika Datta
sums up the views.
Neelkanth Mishra explains why the balance of payments surplus, normally a good problem to have, will create challenges for macro-economic stability and currency management. Read it here