POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Mar 10, 2009 AT 05:06 IST ,  Edited At: Mar 10, 2009 05:06 IST

Ashok Desai, writing in the Telegraph, while reminding us that "Narendra Modi may have done devilish deeds, but he is still a human," goes on to say:

But he too must have been a toddler once, making sweet googoo sounds and crawling between the feet of his parents. He too must have climbed mango trees and eaten green mangoes. He too must have been a bridegroom in a turban smiling shyly at guests....

But, but, you are going to sputter, Modi's a bachelor. Exactly my reaction, till I realised Ashok Desai's mischievous sense of humour... He goes on to describe Modi's background, to come to the substantive part of his piece where he points out that the "unreflective, practical, personality-oriented style is behind Modi’s subsequent success" and that:

Modi has done two things. He has reduced the leakage of government revenue that goes all over India into enrichment of politicians and bureaucrats, and diverted it to building up Gujarat’s infrastructure. And out of his own necessity, he has publicized Gujarat’s good administration. Modi’s success is more due to Gujarat than the other way round. But he is an autocrat, and has used his autocratic powers to give Gujarat a considerable competitive advantage over other states. His intellectual equipment is limited, but he has concentrated it in a remarkable manner to rebrand Gujarat, to his own collateral benefit.

Read the full article here: The education of Modi

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Mar 10, 2009 AT 05:06 IST ,  Edited At: Mar 10, 2009 05:06 IST
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Daily Mail
Mar 14, 2009
09:48 PM
What happened in Gujarat was a popular upsurge agaibst Muslim fanaticism-Modi understood the Hindu anger better than any politician and successfully prevented the anti-Muslim riots spreading much wider. It was the miracle of Hindu patience that saved the Muslim community from a deeper agony.

Are Muslims capable of a catharsis and make amends? It seems not
Jammu, India
Mar 14, 2009
12:22 PM
Ashok Desai is a pompous oaf. I know, I used to work with him. That article has nothing in it, except the notion that Modi does not entertain intellectual thoughts. And that, for Desai and this blogger, obviously makes him uninteresting.

Even assuming that Desai's slur holds, what use is a politician who spouts great thoughts, but does nothing useful for the people? I don't particularly care about politicians' deep thoughts, I want them to make the government machinery work. If they have deep thoughts, they can write them down on the side, and I may, or may not, look at those. I would prefer if they postpone their deep thoughts for retirement, and get on with doing some work.

That being said, who are those deep thinkers Desai is comparing Modi to? Sheela Dikshit? Rahul Gandhi? Sonia? Pranob Mukhaji?
Portland, USA
Mar 12, 2009
09:01 PM
Anyone who is comfortable with Rajeev gandhi as Bharat ratna should have no problme wiht Modi..

Rajeev gandhi
(1) Slept while Delhi bunrt ikilling 3000 people
(2) Not even single rioer faced bullet from police
(3) Army was sitting next door in cantoment but was never called

Narendra Modi
(1) Ordered police to act which resulted into 300 rioers dying facing polilce's bullet
(2) army was called immediatyely and since it was not parked next door so it tokk 48 hour or so to reach and then situation was in control
(3) In history of INdia which has seen small and big total 66000 riots never were that many rioters killed in pollice firing yet the canard is spread Modi did nothing

If you must fry Modi for not controlling the riot completely be my guest but do not have double standard . Whichever way you look at it there was no lapse in effort as we know riots by nature are hard to control At lest he tried unlilke certain Rajeev Gandhi ( Bharat ratna)

If you consider the administration potentil and results well rajeev gandhi or for that matter anyone in contemporary INdian polictis will have to take several birth before they can match Modi
Delhi, India
Mar 12, 2009
04:36 AM
Modi will grow as a Prime Minister, to the needed stature. He is infinitely more preferable to Nehrus and Gandhis-not to speak of Singhs and Shastris
Jammu, India
Mar 10, 2009
11:59 PM
Another sickular article. Give us a break sir u people are supposed to reflect the ground reality instead u try to put ur pseduo-secular stuff in to reader's head.
I would vote for communal modi anytime compared to the sickular,corrupt politicans in both BJP and Congress
hyderabad, India
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