Taking one step forward and two steps back undermines the legitimacy of policy change
A fortnight ago, the surface transport ministry headed by Nitin Gadkari notified a steep revision in fines on road violations under the new law passed by Parliament in its last session. On 2 October, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Union government will impose a ban on single-use plastic. Both are salutary and long overdue moves consistent with the vision of new India laid out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi but accompanied by substantive underlying political costs. The big question is whether the country and its politicians have the appetite to stomach such drastic change.
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