Modi’s Legacy May Be Instability and Stagnation

Unemployment is at a 45-year high as thousands of Indians protest his policies toward Muslims.

East is East: Nationalistic policies, such as the two controversial bills that have caused protests across India, could tar Prime Minister Modi’s legacy. Image: STR/Shutterstock

香蕉视频苹果下载India has projected itself for three decades as a bright spot in a tough neighborhood. But 2019 may turn out to be the year it became a trouble spot, depending on the answers to two questions.

First, can Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government preserve India’s pluralistic democracy, or will an urge to settle scores with Muslims produce prolonged strife? Second, can the Indian economy return to the high-growth path many observers had begun to take for granted? In September annualized growth declined for...