RIP, PTI

Southasia - - EDITOR'S MAIL -

Naren­dra Modi ruled the state of Gu­jarat as its chief min­is­ter for three con­sec­u­tive terms – almost 14 years. He may be blamed for a num­ber of things - and rightly - but it is hard to deny that he put Gu­jarat on the road to eco­nomic progress. A num­ber of de­vel­op­ment schemes were ini­ti­ated and Gu­jarat’s gross do­mes­tic prod­uct grew by over 12 per­cent be­tween 2007 and 2012. When Modi ran for the prime min­is­te­rial slot, he de­signed his en­tire elec­tion cam­paign around his ‘Gu­jarat Model’. Such was the ap­peal of this suc­cess story that to­day Modi is the prime min­is­ter of In­dia. Although his term was not with­out its share of con­tro­ver­sies, the big­gest blem­ish on his rep­u­ta­tion be­ing the Gu­jarat ri­ots, in the end what mat­tered was the fact that the qual­ity of life of all Gu­jaratis, Hin­dus and Mus­lims, im­proved dur­ing his rule.

The PTI’s dharna in Is­lam­abad re­minded me of Modi’s ex­am­ple and I couldn’t help com­pare the PTI’s vic­tory in elec­tions, es­pe­cially in Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa where it suc­ceeded in form­ing a gov­ern­ment, to Modi’s rise to power. The PTI could have gov­erned KPK in such a man­ner as to make it a role model of good gov­er­nance for the en­tire coun­try. Then, it could have used its suc­cess in KPK to gain votes from all over the coun­try in the next elec­tions. But what tran­spired in the last few days con­firms that the PTI has clearly lost the op­por­tu­nity. A sad day, in­deed, for all those who were hope­ful for a pos­i­tive change in the coun­try.

Ab­dul Muqeet Arain

La­hore, Pak­istan

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