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Saturday, April 26, 2014

The 'India' Model for Development!!

Everyone is talking about the 'Gujarat' model of development. No body is talking about 'Andhra Pradesh' model of development, or 'West Bengal' model of development, or 'Delhi' model of development! Why? If, the other states are really super developed, why is no chief minister across the country stressing on his/her state's development like Narendra Modi is doing? Of course, one did recently. But, I am sure she would have had a good laugh at her residence after the speech!!
Positive or negative. Everyone is talking about the Gujarat model. Kudos to the guy who is successful in making people talk about his state!! Most of the talk is negative and I am sure it is only because the present Gujarat Chief Minister belongs to the BJP! What if he is from congress?? Probably he would have been.....you can fill the blank. He would have become the central finance minister, defence minister. No, never the Prime Minster. In the present government, that seat is reserved only for 'The Family'!!

But seriously, we have got some states doing really well. While Gujarat is a forerunner in terms of GDP, setting up of industries and makes best use of its vast sea shore, (longest in India right!) there is Kerala which is well known for its high literacy rate, high birth expectancy, institutional delivery and high sex ratio. These are the routine areas which are talked about. People say there is too much of a corporate involvement in Gujarat and of course many are concerned about the safety of people in Gujarat too. I am not an expert but I did few searches and found the following. There are few things in which Gujarat is far better than states like Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and why, even Kerala too!!




Rank(out of 28 states)
State Gujarat Kerala Andhra Pradesh West Bengal
Crime Rate
10
1
7
15
Women Safety
4
26
19
16
Riots Rate
16
1
19
7
Rape
20
9
15
14
Suicides
14
3
8
9
Safe Drinking Water
9
27
8
7
Nutrition
5
9
17
4

Also, the percentage of unemployed people is the least in Gujarat. These facts reveal that Gujarat is not only a rich place but also a safe place to live in too. One has to remember that government plays a big role in ensuring safety in a state!

Disclaimer: This data is based on reports of various institutions like National Crime Records, Ministry of Statistics, India Census Report, Planning Commission, Ministry of Human Resource Development and I have no say in mistakes!!

The above data is not about the economy of Gujarat. There is enough propaganda that it is highly ranked even among developed countries, sometimes beating few developed nations too!! If you want, you can happily say that it is due to the reason that Gujaratis are for long, "business-minded" and hence the good economy. No problem, but the above table is about the government!
Advertising only the good things in his state and promising to make up for failures has made Narendra Modi popular. Nothing else. He is also making statements about what he is good at: talking about economy! This is apart from the fact that Gujarat, if not ranking high, is doing well in all fields. be it, agriculture, dairy products, industries, shipping, trade, education, technology or business! 

This article is not an attempt to brainwash people with some facts carefully picked from some blah blah sources for my convenience. I wanted to know and tell what is so special about the so called Gujarat model that so many are against it most importantly, a brilliant economist and Nobel prize winner, Amartya Sen!! The thing is this. We need a merger of the good of all the states and shape up a nice inspiring 'India' model for development!