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How India's GST deal was done: First isolate, then negotiate

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 05:50
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The art of the deal: Mr Modi (above left) and Mr Jaitley work together to win the GST vote. Mr Modi calls the GST a "Great Step towards Transformation".
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The art of the deal: Mr Modi and Mr Jaitley work together to win the GST vote. Mr Modi calls the GST a "Great Step towards Transformation".

New Delhi

IT TOOK him more than two years, but Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has finally discovered the art of the deal.

Realising that a frontal assault wasn't securing the votes needed for India's biggest-ever tax reform, Mr Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley changed