All is not well in Modi's Gu­jarat

Down to Earth - - LETTERS - A JA­GADEESH

This is with ref­er­ence to the ed­i­to­rial, "Gu­jarat v UPA: mod­els of non-gov­er­nance?" (May 1-15, 2014). The de­vel­op­ment in Gu­jarat por­trayed by Naren­dra Modi is mostly con­fined to in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion. Ev­ery time I read about the Gu­jarat model of de­vel­op­ment, I only get to read about the eco­nomic growth. But a state's suc­cess can­not be mea­sured only by eco­nomic pa­ram­e­ters. What about so­cial in­di­ca­tors such as stan­dard of liv­ing, em­ploy­ment, nu­tri­tion, ed­u­ca­tion and wel­fare? Last year, Unicef re­vealed some star­tling fig­ures on child mal­nu­tri­tion and sex ra­tio in the state which show that de­vel­op­ment has not kept pace with eco­nomic growth. While crit­i­cis­ing UPA's model of de­vel­op­ment and com­par­ing it with Gu­jarat's, crit­ics would do well to re­alise that Modi's state, too, has not done ex­cep­tion­ally well on the so­cial front.

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