"I am exactly telling you the truth. Suppose, someone wants to run a government, the process is simple. You have to fight elections ... but a media house or judiciary cannot take charge of administration.
"I am sorry to say in many cases, the way in which decisions are given by the courts, it is difficult to execute," Gadkari, who is the Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, said here.
The senior minister's comments came against the backdrop of many projects pending due to litigation related to environmental and other issues.
Speaking at the India Economic Summit organised by WEF and CII, the minister also said, "I have respect for judiciary, I have respect for judges but at the same time this poor country needs development".
With regard to woes faced by the country's infrastructure sector, Gadkari said efforts are being made to convert the problems into opportunities.
Noting that a "microscopic minority in the country" are opposing environmental clearances, Gadkari said that an eccentric approach to anything is not good.
Earlier in the day, the business leaders and other experts said at the summit that the momentum for reform in India appears to be building in less than six months since the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office and there were rising prospects for growth to rebound.
"Things are moving," said Anand Mahindra, Chairman and Managing Director of Mahindra and Mahindra and a Summit Co-Chair.
"Things like licences, which were stuck in the pipeline, have been opened up. The job in India is about plumbing – you basically have to clean the pipes, which were clogged," he said.
Ajay Shriram, President of CII, said, "The government is genuinely serious, but it is such a monolith that percolating down change is a big challenge. This government’s policy is continuously to make changes in all areas. It will take time. We are seeing results and the right direction."
As per Gita Gopinath, Professor of Economics at Harvard University, "India is at a turning point right now".
"The economy is in better shape than in the past few years," she said, while adding that the government has implemented reforms such as improving labour market compliance and deregulating diesel prices.
"These are fundamental steps that had to be taken and are being taken," Gopinath said, while adding there has yet to be a revival in investment.
"If we see two or three quarters of steady growth, we can then step back and say the reforms are working. Pressure will build for more major restructuring that will be needed for India to remove possible constraints to growth," she warned.
With low energy prices, the currency stable and core inflation falling, interest rates are likely to come down, Mahindra said, a favourable climate is creating more room to introduce "big-bang reforms".
"It is now time to be a little more courageous and to press our foot on the accelerator. The regulatory and bureaucratic pipes need to be cleaned out to benefit entrepreneurs and small businesses, the core drivers of investment," he added.
William Danvers, Deputy Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), however said that at this early stage in the Modi government, clear and consistent communications about policies between the government and the electorate are also crucial.
"There is a need for patience for policy reforms to take hold. The biggest threat to a government that has a clear mandate is sometimes the unrealistic expectations that come with a big victory," he added.
As per Mahindra, "Right now, the mood is anything but paralysis. The world is attracted to the energy of this new prime minister and the new government."

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