- 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