03 December, 2020

Like Those Mythical Waters

He had no role in this, but it came to be dubbed as the Gujarat model of Modi.

Like Those Mythical Waters

Wild elephants roaming free, scary leopards devouring their prey, dense weeds all over, a rivulet somewhere, completely inaccessible, completely uninhabitable. The propaganda of Gujarat’s growth after Narendra Modi’s arrival on the scene in 2001 was such that you might have thought the state looked like this—a jungle—earlier.

The tom-tomming got so deafening later that nobody wanted to hear even once that the roads in Gujarat were always good, the electric supply always seamless and industrial growth always there. That Gujarat had achieved a high growth rate much before the 1991 reforms, which only pushed it further. And that by the time Modi came in, Gujarat’s growth was already booming.  

He had no role in this, but it came to be dubbed as the Gujarat model of Modi. You could probably have been shouted down as anti-Gujarat, even anti-national, if you had dared to say, for  instance, that the state’s public debt had crossed Rs 1,00,000 crore. You would be told loudly that Gujarat had bec­ome the only revenue-surplus...



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