If the first week of a year determines the next 365 days, then the Narendra Modi government is facing its biggest test yet in 2016. The terror attack in Pathankot air base and the spooking of the markets after the China downslide are stark reality checks for a prime minister, who has been in almost perpetual campaign mode since his famous victory in the 2014 general elections. Then, be it getting emotional with Mark Zuckerberg or his routine Mann ki Baat broadcasts, there hasn’t been a moment when Modi has pressed the pause button to reflect and introspect.

Every 26/11, I offer a silent prayer for the victims of the Mumbai terror attack. Like so many south Mumbaikars, I felt directly connected to the act of terror. A school friend Sunil Parekh died in the attack while dining with his wife at the Oberoi; a college friend Ashok Kamte was one of the senior police officers who was killed; Sabina Sehgal Saikia had been a colleague at the Times of India and Ashok Kapur, a member of our club, Bombay Gymkhana, was also shot dead.

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