Sunday, 3 December 2017

What is Gujarat model of development by Modi?

The word ‘development’ as a buzzword is in vogue for almost 60 years and its actual meaning is still elusive, since it depends on where and by whom it is used. President Truman merely wanted to include in his 1949 Inaugural Address as a fourth point that would sound ‘a bit original’. So from the very beginning, no one not even the US President really knew what ‘development’ was all about. Development fail to address poverty or to narrow the gap between rich and poor, but in fact it both widens and deepens this division and ultimately creates poverty, as natural resources and human beings alike are increasingly harnessed to the pursuit of consumption and profit.  'Development' has been widely used as a hard drug, addiction to which may stimulate the blissful feelings that typify artificial paradises. Development is not a buzzword but a toxic word.
  • The Gujarat assembly elections have put under intense scrutiny Narendra Modi’s Gujarat model of development which is touted as worthy of replication throughout the country. Audit reports of the CAG provide ample evidence of it being inefficient, corrupt and not beneficial to the common people. 
  • The standard indicators of development comprise a range of indices, and not necessarily the level of private investment in an economy. A combination of economic growth and redistributive justice ensues from the overall development of a state or a nation. Narendra Modi’s Gujarat model of development and its skewed impact on indicators that constitute holistic and comprehensive development doesn't include the quality of human life and is not a “development” at all. It appears that this model of development has been vulgarised to mean something quite different.
  • Gujarat’s transformation under the then chief minister Modi for over a decade between 2001 and 2014, is based on perception rather than facts. The development is based on economic statistics rather than the parameters that reflect well being of lower classes. The harsh truth is that his claims of success as Gujarat CM were overly exaggerated.
  • In his maiden speech in the Lok Sabha in June 2014, Modi said that the Gujarat model could not be universalized, and that India being a vast country, there was a need for many different models.
  • Today, Gujarat stands nowhere with reference to common man. It is only haven for large investors with quid pro quo benefits to Modi & BJP.
  • While demonetisation was aimed at disarming cash rich opposition for winning UP elections, GST and tax terrorism is aimed at promoting large & MNC businesses while dealing a deadly blow to informal sector which doesn't contribute to coffers and both failed to achieve any of its stated objectives and loaded the nation with unintended consequences. Yet he successfully convinces people that he is working for welfare of poorest people with his rhetoric and hammering selective truths while pursuing his own agenda.
  • Gujarat elections will teach him that he can't fool all the people all the times.

In Modi's  Gujarat profit was privatized but loss was socialized, shamelessly

Modi suffers from worst possible type of corruption; an insatiable desire for personal glory at any cost; an extremely deep moral and spiritual corruption. Modi belongs to the line of autocratic ideologues rather than the western tradition of revolutionary neo liberalism, or marxist rationalism. He also represents the worst aspect of democracy: a demagogue who caters to an irrational populace’s cravings for self-identity and release from self-responsibility. He might not have taken any bribes in recent years but there is no way he could have risen to his position without having made massive and horrendous economic & moral compromises ... as described by Jayant Bhandari.

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