‘Gujarat was vibrant long before Narendra Modi’

“A lie repeated many times becomes the Truth” in the modern age sans any media scrutiny.

So, it follows that milk and honey, and power and water flow in Gujarat because of Narendra Damodardas Modi. So, it follows that “growth” and “development” have sky-rocketed in the State, because of Narendra Damodardas Modi. And so it follows that India Inc wants Narendra Damodardas Modi to be the next prime minister and so on.

And woe unto those who question or disagree. Plague upon them.

Really?

The sociologist Dipankar Gupta doesn’t agree. Gujarat was already among the top three in the country within 30 years of being created, he writes in today’s Times of India. Over 35% of its infrastructural augmentation for power generation happened between 1995 and 2000, before Narendra Damodardas Modi came to power.

“Gujarat grew at approximately 12 per cent in 2006-07 against India’s overall growth of about 8 per cent that year. Fantastic, said Montek Singh Ahluwalia, and lauded Gujarat’s achievement…. But wait! What is so great about this statistic?

“In 1994-95, Gujarat surged at the rate of 13.2 per cent. Where was Modi then? In the years between 1994 and 2001, Gujarat’s state domestic product registered a growth average of 10-13 per cent. At the tail end of this period Modi stepped in as chief minister….

“[W]hat is so dazzling about Gujarat’s current prosperity? Nothing really.

“In spite of decades of growth as usual, as much as 93 per cent of Gujarat’s workforce toils in the informal sector. This is why growth is not always development.  In fact, on the Human Development Index, Gujarat fell one place in 2003-04, and now ranks below Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Karnataka. In terms of rural prosperity Gujarat is at number five and well behind Punjab, the front ranker…. Workers employed under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in Gujarat receive half of what their counterparts get elsewhere.

Ernst & Young, consultants for the 2005 Vibrant Gujarat conclave, ranked Gujarat’s investment climate behind that of Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and on par with Karnataka’s. In terms of Workforce Quality, however, the same professionals gave Gujarat a very average “B grade” as it failed to measure up on a number of counts.”

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