On most occasions, it is difficult for individuals or governments to know if they did the right thing. Counterfactual is not possible. Policy-making happens in real time. The context keeps changing. Even the success or failure of two similar policy actions in two different places at the same time or in the same place on two different occasions cannot be evaluated with reasonable precision. So, it is always good to have some bellwether indicators. The present government in India is good to have many commentators who serve as a bellwether. We highlight two of them here. There are many more.
It has to read articles by Gopal Krishna Gandhi and if he is critical of what it is doing, then it is doing something right. Similarly, on foreign policy, it should read Mani Shankar Aiyar. If he is critical of what it is doing, then too, it can breathe easy.