This conference appearance and interaction of and with Narendra Modi is special. In this, the attempt of the organizers was to discuss substantive stuff and not keep harping on the same "Gujarat 2002". Honestly, that has become the lamest kind of discussion around Modi. Had Modi been in business, by now, he would have been in the league of Jack Welch and the Tatas of India as far as the ways of doing business is concerned and his popularity. People talk about Nitish Kumar etc. Honestly, … [Read more...]
Lately India has become a "free for all". Now, there is not even a pretense of being "above board" and impartial. Markandey Katju, the ex-Justice and the present Chief of the Press Council of India has done it again. He had earlier discussed his disdain for Narendra Modi and a few other leaders. And now he has been canvassing for pardon of sentences for those who have been charged for terrorist acts against people of India. We will get to the ridiculousness of his argument and those of … [Read more...]
Nitish Kumar plays the “Victim Card” to get special status for Bihar; wants “Adhikar” to get free doles!
In the past 10 years, no other state has been talked against - yes, the state, not just the leader - as much as Gujarat. In many cases, the Central Government has gone out of the way to deny Gujarat its due. Yet, it has moved on and been one of the most developed state. Over those years, I haven't really heard Narendra Modi ever asking the Center, to give it anything. In fact, he has gone on the offensive and talked about how he would like to make Gujarat as great as Singapore. And, in … [Read more...]
You know something is terribly wrong with things, when the leaders are not giving any idea of what THEY want to do to improve things. Rather, they keep emphasizing on how they would block others who are doing good work. By ANY stretch of imagination and benchmark, Narendra Modi has contributed FAR more to India's growth in a year than Laloo Prasad Yadav has done in a all his years. Yet, the dwarf Yadav's ONLY aim in life is to make sure that Modi doesn't become the PM. Rashtriya Janata Dal … [Read more...]
Steven Wilkinson of the Duke University has authored a detailed paper on Violence and Riots in India. The raw data has been published in the paper titled: Varshney-Wilkinson Dataset on Hindu-Muslim Violence in India, 1950-1995, Version 2. Here is an interesting insight from this data: During Nehru's rule - from 1950 to 1964, 263 riots in 16 states occurred. During Indira Gandhi's rule (1966 through to 1977 and then 1980 through to 1984) 337 riots in 15 states have been recorded. And, … [Read more...]
Another reminder that irrespective of what the Government of US may say, the phenomenon of Narendra Modi is not receding in the background. Now, after being feted by the high and mighty of Indian business, and a highly successful speech at Shriram College of Commerce, Modi is being invited to the annual conference of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The 17th Annual Wharton India Economic Forum (WIEF), a student-run conference focused on business and economic development … [Read more...]
Markandey Katju: Rushes out of Interview in Anger on being questioned; is he fit to run Press Council of India?
Justice Markandey Katju who has been locking horns with Arun Jaitley and BJP in general has been flouting all the norms of being impartial as the person at helm of the Press Council of India. Well, he has recently been showing anger against Narendra Modi as if he is on some crusade ordered by Sonia Gandhi and Digvijay Singh. His charge against Modi is that Modi is dictatorial and doesn't listen to anyone. But, when this Katju guy is asked to clarify his own stuff and answer one pointed … [Read more...]
Shameless Bias of Media: Rahul’s Melodramatic & Scripted Speech vs Modi’s Visionary yet Grounded Call to Youth
To know the bias and the shallowness of the mainstream media, this is a good comparison. Rahul Gandhi is a nincompoop with a silver spoon and his speech that day - where he brought up the "Power is Poison" statement - was scripted and made up. It was easy to know. On the other hand, Modi spoke from his own experience and work he has done. Who is a leader and who is not is pretty obvious when you see their track record. For these ivory tower journos - Sagarika's tweet is pretty telling. … [Read more...]
Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) is a massive city-modernisation scheme launched by the Government of India under Ministry of Urban Development. The idea was to spend $20 billion over seven years. Fantastic idea. Well, not quite so as the UPA Government prepares to launch its 2014 poll campaign with the toddler-become-leader-of-juveniles Rahul Baba. Why? Because all the great projects under this scheme are actually from Gujarat!! Self-financing of a road project: … [Read more...]
At the Vibrant Gujarat summit, Adi Godrej and Anil Ambani gave a lot of praise for Gujarat and Leadership of Modi. Related articles from External Sources Narendra Modi a 'king among kings', says Anil Ambani at Vibrant Gujarat summit Anil Ambani compares Modi to Gandhi, Dhirubhai India Inc. promises Modi much investment, as always, at Vibrant Gujarat meet At Vibrant Gujarat summit, generous praise for Narendra Modi from Ambani brothers Modi's Gujarat model might not work across … [Read more...]