Uday Mahurkar is a deputy editor with India Today and a political analyst known for the accuracy of his electoral predictions regarding Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a task he has performed with aplomb since the 2002 Gujarat assembly polls, often swimming against the tide. Uday is known as an expert on Modi's mind, having followed his political and administrative career closely over the past three decades, from the day he entered the BJP from its parent organization, the RSS, in 1986-87. Uday has added to his expertise after he moved to Delhi in December 2015 to cover the BJP on a national scale, as well as the RSS and the Prime Minister's Office, for India Today. His tenure in the capital has given him rare insight into various facets of the Modi regime.
Will Modi pass the litmus test of governance? Does his performance match his promises?
In Marching with a Billion, Uday Mahurkar analyses the Modi government's three years in power against the backdrop of years of policy paralysis and corruption before he came to power, leaving him with a stiff salvaging job. Focusing on key areas of governance like infrastructure, foreign affairs, power, the social sector, finance, digital technology and agriculture, the author showcases the work of the present government and the monumental changes the prime minister has brought about, including digital innovation and the uprooting of middlemen, which has resulted in an unprecedented level of transparency, and a resolute assault on poverty. He also points out some of the shortfalls of Modi's government, subjecting it to critical evaluation. Will Modi become a great institution builder, a prerequisite to becoming a nation builder? What will be the long-term impact of demonetization on the economy? This book has the answers.