24 November, 2020

The Gujarat Model Of Politician

Gandhi and Modi, two men who couldn’t have been more different, but born of the same soil that also gave us Sardar Patel and Jinnah

Ketaki Sheth
The Gujarat Model Of Politician
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Gujarati By Nature

What’s (generally) common to Gujarati rajneeti

  • Gandhi and Jinnah played a stellar role in the creation of India, Pakistan
  • Modi’s approach to nationalism throwback to Sardar Patel’s
  • Barring Morarji Desai who became PM, few had any national appeal
  • Navnirman Andolan forced out Chimanbhai Patel, preceded JP
  • Congress’s KHAM alliance stirred caste pot before Mandal politics
  • Madhavsinh Solanki key aide to Rajiv Gandhi; Ahmed Patel to Sonia
  • Shankersinh Vaghela, when in BJP, pioneered “resort politics”
  • Mostly male-dominated politics, Anandiben Patel as CM is aberration

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After May 16, we can certainly now look to Gujarat as the state that has given India some of its most significant leaders. There must always first be Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, born in Porbandar on the coast of Gujarat and till today the...

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