Credit vs Credibility: Putting Self Promotion first, always
Gujarat, according to estimates, has a population of roughly 6.3 crore people, all industrious, diligent and driven by the spirit of enterprise. One man, however, takes credit for all the work and tells the world nothing would have been possible without him.
While there are no prizes for guessing who that person is, the question we need to ask is what exactly been the growth under his watch and what is his contribution, if at all?
A paper by Bibek Debroy (http://slidesha.re/12tOlIq) indicates that the rate of economic growth in the pre-UPA decade (1994-2004), Gujarat grew at a rate of 6.45% which increased to 10.08% in 2004-12. Why did growth in Gujarat pick up after UPA took office?
Was it the success of the ‘Gujarat Model,’ or the UPA model?
Second, the ‘self-promoter’ may claim credit for this 3.6% jump in growth, saying the foundation was created in the first few years and Gujarat ‘took-off’ due to his policies post 2004.
The question then is: Maharashtra move from 4.97% in 1994-2004 to 10.75% in 2004-12. If Maharashtra jumped up by 5.75% and Gujarat went up by 3.6% then Maharashtra Chief Ministers have done a better job than the Gujarat CM.
Also, between 1981 and 1985 Gujarat’s growth rate was 16.29%. Between 1985 and 1990 growth rate was 13.63%. Both the times a Congress government was in power. Now compare this to growth during Shri Modi’s tenure. From 2001 to 2009, Gujarat’s growth rate slumped to 10.30%. It was 9.35% between 2005 and 2011.
Shri Modi takes credit for the “milk revolution” in Gujarat.
INC leader Tribhovandas Patel formed Kaira District Co-operative Milk Producers’ Union was registered by in 1946, 4 years before the current CM was born. India is the largest producer in the world today but Gujarat is behind Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh. (http://bit.ly/QKc41S)
He might claim that India gets his milk from Gujarat but he had utter contempt for Amul founder Dr Verghese Kurien. The Chief Minister needs to explain why he did not attend Dr Kurien’s funeral even though he was just 20 kms away (http://bit.ly/1k0eWX8)
Nirma, Arvind Mills and some of the pioneering companies in the field of pharmaceuticals were established long before Shri Modi surfaced in Gujarat. Jasuben Pizza – a popular pizza chain in Gujarat, whose name has often been used by Shri Modi to market his ‘Gujarat model’, was established in 1976.
The Vibrant Gujarat summits launched by the Gujarat CM are at best a massive PR exercise. Only investments worth Rs 3.1 lakh crore have been implemented against the promised Rs 36 lakh crore (http://bit.ly/1aaObi4).
The Economic Times said of the 8,380 MoUs signed in Vibrant Gujarat 2011, only 248 projects landed on ground, less than 3% success rate (http://bit.ly/1aaObi4)
The Financial Express says Vibrant Guj 2007 investments Rs 4,61,835 cr promised, the Gujarat government claimed that investments worth Rs 2,64,575 crore landed but his lies were busted when the newspaper filed an RTI application which said that the actual figure was Rs 1,22,400 crore. (http://bit.ly/151BeQz)
For a moment, let us forgive the Gujarat Chief Minister for claiming that China spends 20% of its GDP on education when the actual figure was around 4%. Getting facts right is not his strength.
Gujarat is famous for India’s leading business school, the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) and other important institutions such as National Institute of Design (NID), National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDI).”
IIM Ahmedabad and National Institute of Design were established in 1961 while the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDI) was set up in 1983.
Shri Modi can definitely take credit for growth of the Adanis, who are allegedly bankrolling his election campaign, he needs to be held accountable for what he has done to the financial health of the state.
Debt on Gujarat has gone up more than 4 times during his tenure (2001-13), Rs 42,780 cr in 2001 to Rs 1,76,490 cr in 2013.
DNA reports “Gujarat’s per capita debt, already among the highest in the country, is set to rise further by a whopping 46% in the next three years” (http://bit.ly/151tEpd) while Times of India says debt on Gujarat is the 3rd highest in India behind WB (Rs 1.92lakh crore) and UP (Rs 1.58 crore) – they aren’t claiming ‘model state’ status.
While everyone has the right to self-promotion, the onus lies on the reader to verify facts. Now that you know the truth, let your friends know.