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On 26 May, the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government will complete two years in office. It has been an eventful period of policy change and fierce political exchanges amid global economic turmoil.

Mint brings to you a special package of stories by staffers, expert columns and an opinion poll. As always, we look forward to your feedback.

Modi govt at 2: What’s there to like, dislike

Narendra Modi remains a popular Prime Minister with an approval rating of 74%, and despite what a certain section of the polity and the liberal intelligentsia wants to believe about Nitish Kumar, there is no alternative—at least, none that is evident.

Any critical analysis of Modi’s prime ministership thus far has to start there. Indeed, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) now truly national (with a double-digit share of votes in Kerala in the south and West Bengal in the east in the latest state polls, not to forget its historic win in Assam), it is likely to emerge as the single largest party if elections to the Lok Sabha are held again today.

So, what’s there to like about this government and this Prime Minister? Mint’s editor R. Sukumar writes.

The politics of obstructionism has come to an end: Jayant Sinha

Minister of state (finance) Jayant Sinha says passing the GST Bill, consensus around land and labour reforms are the NDA government’s priorities, and assures that the bad loans crisis in the banking sector is under control.

For the NDA, it’s a glass half full

The NDA’s success in containing the threat of inflation—but its inability to find a permanent solution to the problem of seasonal inflation—captures its tenure in office: a good start, but still a distance to go. An analysis by Mint’s executive editor Anil Padmanabhan.

Modi govt is pro poor, pro business

BJP president Amit Shah writes about the economic reforms undertaken by the NDA in the past two years to revive the morale of corporate and rural India.

Narendra Modi’s approval rating remains high: Poll

Two years into his term as prime minister, Narendra Modi’s approval rating remains high at 74%, a poll by instaVaani has found. This is based on a survey of 10,897 respondents across the country, who were polled using an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system. While the approval rating of the government is also high, it remains lower than the prime minister’s approval rating—an artefact that has remained constant over the last few surveys.

How to leave a lasting economic legacy

The Modi government has done credible work in the past two years in terms of building a new framework of rules for the conduct of macroeconomic policy. That is one way it can cement a lasting legacy on Indian economic policy, says Mint’s executive editor Niranjan Rajadhyaksha.

NDA hits reset on fiscal federalism

After laying the foundation of the union of states budget, finance minister Arun Jaitley followed it up by another landmark budget that decisively empowered the third tier of governance. The single most important budgetary initiative in the 2016-17 budget that would radically change the political economy of the country was the allocation of nearly Rs3 trillion to gram panchayats. The two in tandem are a game-changer for federalization. Jammu and Kashmir finance minister Haseeb Drabu talks in detail about the government’s policy actions.

Waking up too late to the agrarian crisis

Mint’s Sayantan Bera takes a look at the past three budgets, revealing that the government took note of the crisis only in 2016.

Parliament logjam: time to build bridges with opposition

It’s not just the opposition, even its allies believe the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) needs to reset its existing prickly relationship with other political parties. Its ability to push through politically sensitive reform legislation will, to a large extent, depend on its ability to bring allies and the opposition together. Gyan Varma reports on the political dynamics inside the Parliament.

Can the BJP create a new policy narrative?

Post the election victory in Assam, the NDA is perhaps in an even stronger position than it was after the 2014 victory—and with another round of advantageous Rajya Sabha elections next year to look forward to. Now, it must show that it can leverage this effectively without being sidetracked by needless ideological battles as it has been in the past.

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