Thursday, October 06, 2011

"Gujarat's Decade under Modi" by Mallika Sarabhai

 
 

Gujarat's Decade under Modi

by

Mallika Sarabhai

Oct 7 2011

Imagine for a moment the State as a person standing before you. He is well dressed, in new clothes everyday. He has an expensive watch, several fancy cell phones, a beautifully kept hairdo, and smells of expensive perfumes. You will think, What a successful and prosperous man. Look inside his body. The kidneys have been sold. The heart is held together with ten stents. The liver has stopped functioning. He is brain dead. Will you still look at the outward appearance and not at the truth?

This is Gujarat after ten years of Modi. The State is bankrupt. The environment is destroyed. The Narmada waters are diverted to feed big industries. 21 lakh farmers have lost their top soils and have received no compensation. Practically every big scheme of the government is caught in huge corruption scandals that remain unaddressed. Dalits and Adivasis are routinely boycotted from villages and get no protection or justice. There has been no Lokayukta for close to 8 years so no government scams can ne looked into. The Assembly sits for fewer and fewer days each year making a mockery of democracy. Farmers who have no irrigation but have their own pumps can not run them as close to Rs 1 lakh is demanded from them to get electricity poles up. Transport has been privatised and buses run only on lucrative  routes. With some of the best roads in the country, a pregnant village woman still can't get medical aid. Her primary health centre has no doctor, and her village is not connected to the good road. Besides which bus would she take anyway? The labour courts haven't dealt with over 16000 cases. Education is unaffordable for the poor and not a single public hospital has been set up in ten years. Schools for the poor are routinely shut down. 1000 people commit suicide every year due to economic distress and crimes against women have gone up three fold. And the poor starve.

And Modi claims he has made Gujarat prosperous.  Time to remind ourselves of what we were before 2001.

In 1991 17940 out of 18028 villages were electrified. 87% of our roads were asphalted. In 2001 Gujarat's share in manufacturing in India was 28.7% and between 1994 and 2001 the State's domestic production grew between 10 and 13% every year. The world's largest ship breaking in Alang and the Ambani's refinery in Jamnagar both came way before Modi. Well before Modi we accounted for 45% of India's petroleum production, 78% of salt, 26% of pharmaceutical products and 23% of crude oil requirements. Because of  Chimanbhai Patel's intervention in 1993, port traffic,  a mere 3.18 million tonnes in 1981, rose to 86.17 million tonnes by 2001. Electiricity production rose 35% during the 90s.

So let's look beyond the image and try and regain genuine health. Or we will be dead soon, even if we make a pretty corpse in our new clothes.


6 comments:

Baddi said...

That's quite insightful! Thanks Mallika Ji!

majnu bhai said...

there is no fresh drinking water in gujrat, water is being imported from other states for drinking. Is that the price we have to pay for the so called development.

Anonymous said...

No wonder Why Mr Modi is dead against having a Lokayukta of good reputation.

Anonymous said...

Mallika ben,
Please fight an election on these articulated figures you have presented above....and ask congress to give you a ticket not as an independent.....

Plzzzz.....

Su kaam gujrat ni ane gujaratio ni methi maro cho.... Aava fatva baar paadvanu bandh karo... Aa vakhate deposit pan nai made...

Anonymous said...

You people are congress agents trying to stop a noble person like Narendra Modi to good administration.
You guys will always have some problems towards his work and administration. Instead, you guys should help him in his development work and work towards a better India.

Even this particular article has false claims pre 2001 claims without any official references.


I know this comment will be replied with accusations like I am a Chaddiwala etc. Thats it, you guys cannot go beyond accusations and being obstacles. Have you atleast ever contributed in some way to a better India?

Niharika I T Solutions said...

absolutely u said fact and Gujarati "GUJU" always use heart but now need to see brief and thinking with mind...next time all may finished ....