Why dont I prefer Modi? (Part 1 : His development story is mere hype)

If you are not a fan of Modi to start with, please spread these facts widely. His marketing of development is pure hype and has been allowed to go on for far too long without a challenge. (please find FB and twitter share buttons, and shortlinks at the bottom) 

Disclaimer for Modi fans: This post is not to put down Gujarat or to glorify other states. It is merely to expose Modi’s marketing machinery that has been hyping him by planting economic figures that are either false or half-true. I want to prove that Modi is only as good as CMs of many other fast developing states of India. So, this post is aimed at that those who are willing to forgive him for his complicity in riots, thinking that his handling of economy and administration is so great as to compensate for his other shortcomings. Well, it is not as you will see. The second part of this series points out established facts (not the usual heresy hate mongering) of Modi and his govt’s complicity in corruption, riots and murders.

GROWTH RATE :

source: Planning commission data (last 2 columns)

2004 – 2011 (a%)During Modi 1994 – 2001 (b%)Before Modi Improvement by Modi, (a-b)%
Gujarat 10.08 6.45 3.63
Bihar 11.42 4.94 6.48
Maharashtra 10.75 4.97 5.78
Tamilnadu 10.27 5.54 4.73
India 8.28 6.16 2.12

The table shows that there is a clear mismatch between reality and the kind of over-hype that Modi and his PR brigade have been trumpeting regarding his development. Under the column 2004-2011, you can see that Modi’s growth rate has been trailing Bihar, Maharashtra and Tamilnadu. Bihar might have had a lower base to start with, but Maharashtra and Tamilnadu have started with bigger GDP bases. So, “base-effect” cant be an excuse for Modi. Before trashing this data as a conspiracy hatched by central congress government, note at the very bottom of the planning commission data source reference above: “Source: Directorate of Economics & Statistics of respective State Governments”

Modi’s trumpet sounds flat if you also observe (in the last column) that his contribution to the increase in Gujarat’s growth rate, over his predecessors in the years 1994-2001 (ie. between fiscal years 1994/05 and 2001/02), has been less than the improvements shown by other CMs in other states! Gujarat was fastest growing state even before Modi took over, and Modi’s improvement over existing rates are not as much as some other states.

A reader pointed out that the last two columns in the planning commission source, cited above, was missing two years – that of 2002 dnd 2003. Lets include those years (which fall under Modi’s time period, and work in his favor actually) from the other columns:

2002 – 2011 (a%)
During Modi
1994 – 2001 (b%)
Before Modi
Improvement
by Modi, (a-b)%
Gujarat 10.38 6.45 3.94
Bihar 9.80 4.94 4.49
Maharashtra 10.00 4.97 5.04
Tamilnadu 8.99 5.54 3.41

By this table, Modi’s Gujarat once again comes out with highest growth rate, but as was pointed out earlier (and as this table also shows) Gujarat was fastest growing state even before Modi took over. Now, when we once again compare how much growth he has added (last column) over preceding governments of Gujarat, he still doesnt come out shining the way Modi’s marketing agencies would like us to believe. A typical reaction from the Modi brigade is to point out to the two tables above and say – “see! statistics cant be trusted at all, and so, all hail Modi!”. To them, I say: Of course statistics gives an undeniable fact. In the case of two tables, the undeniable facts are that, Modi’s growth rate slips down if you dont include the first two years of his rule, and raises only when you do. This is a fact. But how these facts are interpreted is left to individuals.

OUTSTANDING DEBT:

source: RBI report on state budgets, pgs – 52, 116 (same as [1], [2] )

For year 2010-11
(Revised Estimates)
Ratio(%) of
total debt
to total GDP
Ratio(%) of
Interest paid on debt
to Total expenditure
Gujarat 26.9 16.5
Tamilnadu 20.8 10.6
Maharashtra 21.9 13.8
Bihar 30.2 10.2

As you can see, Gujarat has a high ratio of total debt it owes to its total GDP. This, by itself, is not such a problem if Modi has been using debt to create more revenue opportunities, but that doesn’t seem to be the case: Modi’s government does not look too good on the fraction of its total expenditure that is paid out as interests alone on the debt that it owes. Seems like a Ponzi scheme to me! Also note that Gujarat’s debt has tripled during Modi’s 10yrs of rule. Modi’s excuse is that debt/GDP ratio has been coming down but the fact is debt/GDP has been reducing for almost every state in India, and for India as a whole too!

GDP alone cant be a criteria to judge any government. So, let us give Modi the benefit of the doubt and widen the indicators…

POVERTY :

Source: Planning commission’s state specific poverty figures

Poverty percentage for Guj, Maharashtra and Tamilnadu for 2004 and 2009:

States 2004 (a%) 2009 (b%) Poverty reduction (a-b)%
Gujarat 31.6 23.0 8.6
Maharashtra 38.2 24.5 13.7
Tamilnadu 29.4 17.1 12.3
Karnataka 33.3 23.6 9.7

This shows that, inspite of high growth rates, the gains have not percolated all sections of society (as compared to states with similar GDP and GDP growth rates), and have been cornered by just a few.

EDUCATION :

(sources: National Census 2001 and 2011 and 2011 census dashboard)

Gujarat added 10.17% to its literacy count between 2001 and 2011. But the national average also increased 9.21% in this same period (from 64.83% to 74.04%). So, the state’s performance ended up being not very different from national average. To add to Mr. Modi’s glory, the ranking of gujarat in literacy actually fell from 16 in 2001 to 18 in 2011 ! Also, percentage of enrollment of women in higher education actually reduced in Modi’s Gujarat, and this reduction is the highest among all states!

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT :

In overall HDI, gujarat is placed 8 in the 2011 report while it was placed 6 in 2001 (as published in the 2004 report given below). So, gujarat has once again slipped down under Mr. Modi! In health too, Guj is placed 10 in health-based Inequality-adjusted Human Development Index (I-HDI)** for 2011. All the socio-economic indicators so far have shown that the economic policies of Modi are not just non-inclusive, but have actually made it worse for the lower sections. This is a typical case of cronyism and an extremist form (not the usual form) of capitalism that even USA is trying to avoid!

Source 1: UN Development Programme’s “Inequality-adjusted Human Development Report 2011” (Table-3 on pg-18 under “Rank HDI” column)

Source 2: UN Development Programme sponsored and Gujarat government supported “Gujarat Human Development Report 2004” (Table-5 on pg-267 under “HDI rank, 2001″ column)

**I-HDI was not calculated in 2004, and hence only HDI is comparable between the two

ELECTRICITY :

source: Census 2011 – Source of lighting

With 90.41%, guj ranks 14 in a rank list of states under “Percentage of households using electricity as their primary source of lighting” (source: National census 2011). But, Mr. Modi goes around trumpeting that guj is 100% electrified – may be he has an excuse that gujaratis traditionally prefer diyas over bulbs all through the year. On the other hand, states like TN, kerala, AP, karnataka, haryana, punjab etc all rank higher. Also note that, for the same question, TN increased its percentage from 78.2 to 93.4 between 2001 census and 2011, while Gujarat increased it from 80.4 to 90.4

Also read Meera Sanyal’s (a doyen among Indian bankers) balanced blog entry on her personal experiences in rural Gujarat. You should ask yourself why she observed that those villages got only 8 hrs electricity per day, if Gujarat is energy surplus! A reader pointed out that the NFHS-3 survey shows that Gujarat is 100% electrified. If Gujarat is 100% electrified but ranks 14 in the list of people claiming to use primarily electricity for lighting, it can only mean one of the two: (1) They cant afford the cost of electricity, which is understandable given that Modi’s business-friendly policy is not really known for inclusive growth (2) They might have the lines, but not enough hours of electricity to say that electric bulbs are their primary source of light (this again blows a hole in Modi’s ‘energy surplus’ tag). A third reason that the Modi brigade usually cites is that people in Gujarat customarily prefer non-electric lamps over electric. But this reason is as silly as Modi’s own excuse (for the abysmal malnutrition figures prevalent among large sections of the tribal and rural population of Gujarat) that middle-class people are more beauty-conscious than health-conscious!

Renewable energies:

Another hype about Mr.Modi is that he is the only clean-energy visionary of India, citing guj’s lead position in solar energy (~650MW). Well and good. But, when you compare with TN that is leading (~7000MW, as of today) in wind energy, Mr. Modi fades into the crowd.

CRIME AGAINST WOMEN :

source: National Crime Records Bureau’s “Crime in India 2011” (Map on pg-82)

Another hype is how safe Modi’s guj is for women, in comparison to states like Delhi and Haryana. Well, how about we compare with other states? When we compare rate of crime against women (number per 1 lakh population), Guj falls in the same band as Maha, Karnataka, Himachal, chattisgargh, and even UP! In fact, states like TN, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Meghalaya, and even states like Bihar and Jharkhand, all fall in a lower (better) band as compared to Mr. Modi’s Gujarat.

SUMMARY :

Gujarat has always been one of the fastest growing states in India, and after Modi took over, he increased it by a very modest amount (smaller than even some other states). On the other hand, far from maintaining their ranks, almost every socio-economic indicators from literacy to human development index have all actually slipped down in ranks during Modi’s rule. It is these facts that you should compare against his murderous and communal sins of his past [read].

A typical reaction that I get from some even well-educated, otherwise-logical and scientific-minded Modi supporters is that statistics cant be trusted irrespective of whether it is from Directorate of Economics & Statistics (which collects every economic data from monthly consumer price index for inflation to GDP) or Census (which is a massive 2200 crore national exercise that meticulously covered 2.7 million houses). To them, I ask this: Even if you undertake a ground report, can you cover the same number of villages and houses that these massive statistical and census depts cover, and that too once early in Modi’s rule and once again now (to get the % change)? Can you do the same exercise for other states too (so as to see how Modi’s changes fared in comparison to changes in other states during this same period)? How can you be so blindly enamored by any person that you are willing to completely discount even simple logic and refuse to accept undeniable facts that are staring at your face?! Remember another fact: Even within Gujarat, his vote shares have been reducing over the years. While the Modi brigade had made sure that the news of his appearance on Time magazine cover has reached everyone’s ears, they have also suppressed the news that Modi was the most-hated, by getting the maximum number of ‘No’ votes, in Time magazine’s online voting of influential world figures. Read here (note that you can rearrange the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ columns)

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29 Responses to Why dont I prefer Modi? (Part 1 : His development story is mere hype)

  1. sridhar says:

    1. electricity as primary source of lighting is 90%.

    Argument – assuming you picked data from wikipedia.
    The same source indicates that gujarat is 100% electrified.

    Yes the usage part is lower than some states. But how on earth people not using electricity becomes fault of government.
    It may be because of culture or may because they cant afford or it may be because stealing of power is not possible.

    It is outright dishonesty to blame government which has done its part of providing 100% facility to get electricity while cherry picking the 90% usage( even delhi reported this measure as 96%)

    More info – Recent report from indian express(electricity surplus not so powerful) found 11 lakh house holds of 1.2 crore households not using electricty.
    This indicate more than 99.91 uses electricity and hence argument of non usage of electricity falls flat.

    2. modis alternative energy is just a hype and not fact.

    Argument –

    Gujarat is second to TN in wind power and i dont need to say about solar power.
    Though i would say gujarat lagged wind power generation during early years(2001-2003), it is picking up quiet well and it is not facing any payment problems as
    TN electricity board is facing.

    3. indded Meera Sanyal’s article – villages-of-mehsana gives a correct picture – some of the villages she visited had 24×7 electricity and i am yet to find any village of AP or TN reporting such a wonder.

    On all point your argument against modi on electricity front falls flat.

    • Gu'an says:

      (1) No I didnt pick it up from wiki, but from census 2011. I realized I hadnt provided reference for it. I have corrected it now. Thanks for bringing the other survey to my notice. I will include that in my post for fairness. I have two reasons why people have not been using electricity inspite of being provided the line: (a) They cant afford the cost of electricity, which is understandable given Modi’s far-right capitalist policies of favoring big business houses at the cost of the lowest in the societal pyramid (b) They might have the lines, but not enough hours of electricity to say that electric bulbs are their primary source of light (this blows another hole in Modi’s ‘energy surplus’ tag). That IE article (“Electricity surplus Gujarat not so ‘power full’, reveals census”) is based on the same census chart and that census table clearly says 90.4! But your IE article also blows a hole in the ‘energy surplus’ tag. Also note that, as that census table shows, TN increased ( 78.2 to 93.4) more than Gujarat (80.4 to 90.4) between 2001 and 2011.

      (2) Sure, Gujarat may be catching up on wind power, just like how Tamilnadu may be catching up to grab the energy surplus tag and Rajasthan may be catching up on solar energy. But all that I have said, holds for now, and we all have to live with it however bitter it may be for all of us.

      (3) Its not my claim that none of the villages have 24hr electricity. But its my claim that not all villages have 24hr electricity, unlike what Modi has been trumpeting about his energy surplus.

  2. Abhishek says:

    Poor Modi, his baiters will say take this part from Bihar and see Bihar has been better on this account, take that part from Tamil Nadu and TN has done better for that part, take something else from AP and AP has done better their. Its like saying the topper of the class got 95% marks overall but still isn’t good enough because in individual subjects he is not the topper.
    What you are doing is, breaking each parameter into silos and then comparing each silo’s topper with Modi. Statistics don’t lie but it can be used selectively to create any view so disired by the presenter. As per today’s TOI Gujarat has more muslim policemen than other states… sort of an paradox for the so called Muslim hater Modi.
    The point being if you are standing on the left side of the wall, you will see only the left side (say red) and the person standing on the right side will say on that side (say blue). Both of them will be right but also wrong in saying that the wall is Red/Blue, thats why everyone has a perspective. I read your comments online saying Modi supporters are idiots, don;t have brains can’t be argued with, etc. The same can be said of Modi baiters too. Perspective of every voter will be different in a democracy.

    I believe credit should be given where it is due. And I believe Modi has been a better CM than others and in this corrupt enviornment, he is a better option than any other CM except may be Nitish Kumar (universally acceptable to a larger extent)

    Also, Planning Comission is being run by Manmohan Singh and Montek Singh Ahluwalia, so I believe there can be a bit of bias. So I went to RBI’s website.. report no: 2IGRDI050511 a bit dated but in my opinion a better option. Also, check the wikipedia. Again, you may use the data either to run Modi down or to exhort him depending upon the stats you use.

    P.S. I don’t want to be bracketed under Modi supporters so a few things about me [Modi baiters are equally idiotic if not more and resort to name calling more often than not (true for the supporters too)] I am from Bihar, am a capitalist (economic inclination) and agnostic (religious & political inclination). I am not a fan of any political party.. cause it can’t be verified beyond doubt if BJP or Congress or Arvind’s unamed party or anyone is better than the other (All have vested interests and personal ambitions).

    • Gu'an says:

      As I stated right at the very top, the aim of this article is not to prove that Modi is one of the worst in terms of economy or social indicators, but only to state facts which show that he is as mixed bag as many other developing states of India. And my argument is that, this is not enough to pardon him for his complicity in riots and murders. Also, GDP growth is a basic (no esoteric statistics here) indicator of growth that encompasses the growth of every goods and services of all economic sectors within a territory, and is not some pick-and-choose indicator. Also, I have given you comparisons not just from the start of his rule but also from his predecessors times. If anything, it is you who is guilty of pick-and-choose when you cite one teeny tiny aspect of Sachar recommendation (increased presence of muslims in police stations) to show him as a muslim-lover, gleefully ignoring his past complicity in not just during riots but also in what followed next (read part-2 of this blog entry).

      Planning Commission itself does not collect ground data, and only puts together data from Economic departments of respective states (I have already addressed this in the article above. Please read). So this conspiracy theory is ill-founded. I took a look at RBI doc. It doesnt contradict anything thats here, and it says their data were also from planning commission table. Only that the period of calculation for growth rates doesnt coincide with Modi’s period, unlike this article, and so is not apt. The only new thing there was that the last Gini coefficient (measure of income inequality) was seen rising (ie. gujarat becoming more unequal), but that was way back in 2004 and Modi has been in govt for just 2yrs that time. So, this is not a good data to hold it against him.

      I can see where you are coming from in your cynicism, but good or bad, this is the society we are in and we need to make choices. Ambition is not bad – we need ambitious people who can run this country. My only point in this article was that we dont choose a mass murderer in the name of development figures, half of which were false hypes by his PR machinery.

  3. kamal says:

    I did not understand your argument on OUTSTANDING DEBT. Gujarat has more debt and is also paying more interest on its debt, which means people who want to loan will find Gujrat favorable in future too…And more debt is always a healthy sign because most infrastructure growth comes from debt, unless you talk about congress which borrows to fund MNREGA and food security bill. More debt corresponds to more infrastructure investment is a universal phenomenon.

    • Gu'an says:

      It is not wise to give a certificate based on quantum of debts alone (in that case, Ponzi schemers would be at the top). One way to know if debt has been well-utilized is to see if revenue generation has also increased proportionately. It is a reasonable assumption that revenue and expenditure are correlated (need this because, RBI doc only gives in terms of expenditure). So, if interest payment forms a higher % of expenditure, the it means debt is not leading to the kind of returns that are expected. In fact, just debt/GDP ratio itself indicates the same thing, but from the point of view of total economy instead of govt revenue (or expenditure).

      Like I said, your argument works perfectly well for a Ponzi schemer too who can say he is getting more debt and is paying more interest because people trust his firm. In this context remember that W.Bengal has highest debt/GDP (42%) and is paying highest interest/expenditure (21%) among all states, and its economy is in shambles.

      • kamal says:

        Debt and ponzi schemes????…I do not understand, ponzi schemes are issues only and only to their investors, and if you are comparing Gujrat to a ponzi scheme, then you should take your complaint to those who are investing big time in Gujrat and not to the general population of Gujrat who are only getting benefited in the process…If you think you have better analysis than tatas, and other industrial houses, i think you should raise this at appropriate forum(i.e among industrialists).

        As for WB, I see what you are indicating to…but what i fail to understand is whether the figure of Interest paid on debt is actually the interest due or interest paid. Are you saying that paying of interests is bad, and that whosoever pays less in terms of interest is doing a good thing. Your argument regarding total debt, interest paid, GDP seems little confusing…if by all that you mean to say that Gujrat is paying “higher rate of interest” for a unit amount of debt and that higher rate if because the investors find Gurat a risky proposition and hence hedging by charging higher rates, then you seem to make some sense…but then are you sure that Gujrat is paying higher rate of interest to its investors…I am reasonably confident that, this is not true…and you just seem to be doing some elementary algebraic jugglery which is unrelated to the rate of interest charged by investors to the state of Gujrat.

      • Gu'an says:

        As for Ponzi: Greece too saw an exuberant corporate sector when it joined EU and got a ton of money for public infra. We know what happened to it.

        Surely no govt will be paying more interest than it is due when it is simultaneously issuing more bonds and raising more debt.

        As for why higher debt/gdp and interest/income is bad: The whole idea of govt raising debt is to either spend on economy so that it may grow and yield higher returns (like how a vendor might make 100Rs sales pm on 1000 debt capital with 10Rs going as interest but, unless he makes less than 10/100 interest/sales on higher debt, his accumulation of debt is not well spent). Thats not what the figures are indicating. If it is elementary jugglery, you shouldnt find it hard to debunk it. I have seen none from you!

  4. kamal says:

    Improvement in percentages is never measured as difference in percentages…statistics 101.

    • Gu'an says:

      You can use difference but with the unit of “growth rate percentage point”. But even if you calculate the second-difference as relative difference ratio of percentages, the order of the states remain the same (Bihar, Maha, Guj, TN).

  5. kamal says:

    Measurement of performance, if ever, has to be per capita based and also you have to ensure that basic resources(like land) are considered proportionally between different states thus a proper factor for measuring an absolute X would be y = x * a * p..where a and p are normalization factors for area(resource intensive and not desert/arid) and population respectively.

    • Gu'an says:

      Valid objection if I am only comparing contemporary states. But since I am normalizing my comparisons w.r.t. the same gujarat (and other state) before Modi’s time, your concerns are already taken care of.

      • kamal says:

        Sure, but with a growth rate of 11% per annum it only means that within a decade GDP becomes 3 times its value. Thus to expect some to compare a growth rate 7 years before with what growth rate that is today, on same scale of comparison is outright DISHONESTY.

      • Gu'an says:

        Nope, its not. For the simple reason that I am comparing this pre-Modi vs post-Modi data for Gujarat with similar temporal comparisons of other states. So, whatever you say about gujarat holds for these states too, and hence are normalized when compared.

    • kamal says:

      For the correct interpretation both the things are *essential*
      1) If it is inter-state comparison, the normalization has to happen along for area and population
      2) if it is for the same state but for different time periods, you have to account for growth that has already happened(espc when the rate of growth is as fast as 11%).

      One should not use 1) to provide justification for 2) and vice versa.

      • Gu'an says:

        No they are not. Firstly, the normalization that you proposed (p&a) are more important when talking of GDP and much less so for GDP growth rate. In growth case, it is the rate of change in p&a that are important, and there is no strong case for either of these parameters to be kept out out of evaluation. And second, the base effect that you talk about in intra-state comparison is true of other states too – they were affect by their respective base effect in the same way as gujarat, and like I said in the article, there are states with both lesser and greater GDP than gujarat in my list. Anyway, I think I am going in circles here. I will just agree to disagree.

  6. Jimmy says:

    One part of the story is that Modi is heavily spending to get his image boosted in a fake manner everywhere like internet, tv, newspapers to show that he is the correct option left. Or in hindi i can say he wanted to be “Andhon me kaana sardar”. Modi had an eye on the PM seat as he thought that country doesn’t have any other option and take votes of those who do not want to vote for congress anymore. BUT we have a choice in AAP now. Gone are the days (if there were any) when Modi could dream of becoming a PM.

    • Gu'an says:

      Exactly!

      And if you see, while the normal media gives him his fair dues, the business media goes head-over-heals to promote him because of him favoring the big corporate boys. Even after 2002 riots, except Bajaj, none in the corporate word uttered a word against the riots. Even for Bajaj’s outburst, CII had to crawl at Modi’s feet to appease him.

    • kamal says:

      AAP for PM…Are you serious???
      BTW, I am sure Modi spending in Gujrat is surely not for state election. Even as per polls, his share, in an already saturated Gujrat, has only increased marginally…He just wants to build an all India brand…It surely is an advertisement, but then when you have yet to establish your brand in an unexplored market, catchy advertisement are “morally” justified expenses. Adv are waste only and only when you spend on them for your last survival…Jimmy, I think you are being harsh on Modi for some ulterior motives.

      • Gu'an says:

        Yup, we (AAP, Kejriwal, common people) are damn serious about it.

        Modi’s vote shares in 2009 generals were less than 2007 assembly less than 2004 generals. So, he is clearly under pressure – more so now with a lot of factions and corruption charges coming out. Good to see a new definition of when an adv is a waste and when morally justified expenses!

      • kamal says:

        I may vote for AAP,..but only and only because i have an inherent gumption that that he does “NOT” mean what he says in public. I am happy if he is conducting all this drama in public in order to attract public eyes..After all this is most cost effective way of campaigning…other parties have to spend millions(look how much modi had to spend in order to generate that fan fare) while Arvind is ensuring that he gets it all for free…That said I do admit that the conviction with which he claims he will implement his ultra-socialist model, makes me nervous at times. I am sure he knows that his ultra-leftist posture in public is just to take the public in its stride…a public which practically knows nothing on what is socialist and what is capitalist economy and all it knows is that since some big honchos are making some corrupt money big time and Arvind is after them.

      • Gu'an says:

        I hope you are not one of those whose is inferring Arvind’s economic principles from his going after crony capitalists in his exposes. His actions count more than what he says. You should notice his not making FDI-retail (which has both pros and cons) an issue when BJP was stalling parliament along with communist parties. He also issued only a small press release when government increased fuel prices and capped LPG cylinders, while BJP called for a national bandh and street protest along with communist parties. Contrast this with him going after delhi electricity hike, where DERC orders to reduce prices were not implemented. DERC acts as a tariff referee between public on one hand and private discoms (reliance and tata) who have been given public infra like transmission lines and sub-stations, and monopoly access to public market. Even delhi High Court came down on this collusion between delhi govt and private discoms. Now contrast the same with the weak and delayed protest on this by Delhi BJP. AAP’s Yogendra Yadav clarified that AAP does not have a stand on economic policies yet, but also said Nehruvian state-controlled socialism has failed. AAP will come out with its position on all policy sectors after various committees work on a draft. Kejriwal also said that he is neither leftist nor rightist, but will take the best of both.

  7. Manohar_T says:

    A very well researched article. Kudos.

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  9. Nasir says:

    Brother very good article. But these are the direct figures i took from the planning commission link

    http://planningcommission.nic.in/dat…atabook_42.pdf

    State-wise Growth Rate of Agriculture & Allied Sector in India : 1996-97 to 2011-12
    2005-2011
    Bihar – 15.17
    Maharastra – 7.74
    Gujarat – 6.47

    http://planningcommission.nic.in/dat…atabook_43.pdf
    Growth Rate of Gross State Domestic Product in Industry Sector State-wise (2000-01 to 2011-12)
    Bihar – 16.73
    Gujarat 10.90
    Maharastra 11.02

    http://planningcommission.nic.in/dat…atabook_44.pdf
    Growth Rate of Gross State Domestic Product in Agriculture Sector at Constant 2004-05 Prices (2005-06 to 2011-12)
    Bihar : 17.07
    Mahrastra 8.42
    Gujarat: 7.53

    http://planningcommission.nic.in/dat…atabook_47.pdf

    Growth Rate of Gross State Domestic Product in Manufacturing Sector at Constant 2004- 05 Prices (2005-06 to 2011-12)
    Bihar – 14.27
    Maharastra – 11.82
    Gujarat – 10.55

    http://planningcommission.nic.in/dat…atabook_48.pdf
    Bihar – 17.11
    Maharastra – 11.72
    Gujarat 11.10

    No where i find Gujarat is leading. Its very simple.

    By the way is there any reason why Gujarat ( some other states also) not published reports of last year? Is it possible that next year they add 2 years data and show?

  10. Rizwan says:

    I get all the hullabaloo surrounding Narendra Modi. Whether he should be the Prime Minister or not. But in my opinion, If a person is responsible, not only responsible but directly involved in one of the worst communal genocide (can’t call it a riot), is being heralded as a hero by many people today who have forgotten what he did a mere two decade ago, my question aren’t you ashamed?

    I as a Muslim find it very hurtful to see THAT criminal still roaming free and on top of that basking in glory. I don’t care what Modi will bring to India. Even if he brings a mountain of gold, and provide free electricity and free education all over India, I don’t care! I want to see THAT criminal hanged till death along with his accomplices!

  11. Changa says:

    Check these links out:
    1. http://goo.gl/dmPxcP
    2. http://www.caravanmagazine.in/reportage/network-effect?page=0,6
    The second link takes you to the page that alludes to Modi’s interview with Vivian Fernandes

  12. Preeti Chaudhary says:

    I really appreciate the facts and data that has been published.
    I never supported this person.
    He has committed so many crimes , still people support him. I hope they think rationally.

  13. I think people who support him do so because he committed those crimes. Not in spite of. An uneducated, brainwashed and communal mindset is Mr. Modi’s base group, freebies funded by some of the richest industrialists in India. These large corporate houses get state funding, land, tax exemptions, favorable contracts to exploit India’s natural resources etc from Mr. Modi. He revels in the power he wields.
    I am not a statistician, so can’t comment on figures, but I have traveled extensively in Gujarat these last 3 years, and I have noticed that once you leave the state highway and go into the interiors, poverty is apparent. There is no development in the interiors of Gujarat.
    It’s all a big farce.

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