What will PM Modi do for India in his second term?

What will Modi 2.0 do for India?

With the world’s biggest democracy opting for stability and returning the Narendra Modi Government for a second five-year term, all eyes are on what will Modi 2.0 do?

Here are some actions to look out for. As my friend Amith Karanth from India Australia Exchange Forum says: “Modi will also pull some surprises”.


Looking ahead at Modi’s priorities

Health – telemedicine, more doctors, increase immunisation

Education – Modi wants India to have a top 100 global university – he will deregulate many top universities to allow this improvement

Add 50 city metros

Inclusion – banking for all, reduce poverty to single digit

Employment creation and lifting farm/shopkeeper incomes will continue to be a focus

Building more infrastructure

Devolving more responsibility and power to the state governments, extending the level of competition between them and empowering local leaders

Streamlining the GST, which was a minor miracle itself, but has multiple complexities

While privatisation of government institutions such as banks and more is needed – this might remain in the “too hard basket” in term two


Looking at what Modi has already achieved

Moves against corruption such as demonetisation (one of his major surprises), reduction in cash and movement towards digital payments

Introduction of a GST, arguably the world’s biggest tax reform – meaning the central and state governments are now awash with funds and can now do things

Focus on startups and cheaper loans for SME’s has created real growth in new enterprises

National campaigns such as “Clean India” have begun the big job – providing access for many millions to toilets is just one of the outcomes

Some reforms to the insolvency and bankruptcy has increased confidence in doing business

Modi has been a relentless global salesperson for India and attracted record foreign investment

India’s infrastructure has changed massively in five years – with more to do


Author: Stephen Manallack

Former President, Australia India Business Council, Victoria and Author, You Can Communicate; Riding the Elephant; Soft Skills for a Flat World (published by Tata McGraw-Hill INDIA); Communicating Your Personal Brand. Director, EastWest Academy Pty Ltd and Trainer/Speaker/Mentor in Leadership, Communication and Cross Cultural Communication. Passionate campaigner for closer western relations with India. Stephen Manallack is a specialist on “Doing Business with India” and advisor/trainer on “Cross-Cultural Understanding”. He is a Director of EastWest Academy Pty Ltd which provides strategic advice and counsel regarding business relations with India. A regular speaker in India on leadership and global communication, his most recent speaking tour included a speech to students of the elite Indian university, Amity University, in Noida. He also spoke at a major Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) global summit, the PR Consultants Association of India in Delhi, the Symbiosis University in Pune and Cross-Cultural Training for Sundaram Business Services in Chennai. He has visited India on business missions on 10 occasions and led three major trade missions there. He provides cross-cultural training – Asia and the west.

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