India's States of Excellence

Sanjit Das / Panos

Industrial projects like this coal-fired power plant near Mundra are fueling growth in Gujarat and other breakout states

Slowing, massive power outages provoked mocking caricatures of the country as a "Blackout Nation." By winter, international headlines about the deadly gang rape in New Delhi were casting India as the land of misogynists. India finished 2012 with the economy growing at a rate of just 5%, the worst performance since 2002. In a poor country, that feels almost like a recession, and the mood remains bleak. Plagued by infighting as its coalition partners maneuver for position in the 2014 elections, the government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, once feted as the bright star of Indian reform, is no...

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