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The Modi hype is relentless. But some of our institutions of democracy are still fragile for us to risk a firebrand leader.


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1/D-98
Apr 19, 2014
02:57 PM

Bardhan, how much coolie did you get from your congressi masters for writing this trash? A chance to Iick a dynasty bottom? I hope it was worth it. 

Ravi Jain
Hyderabad, India
2/D-114
Apr 19, 2014
03:35 PM

India is not a child's paper boat, easily washed away by a small trickle of water. Would like to think of it more like the Pacific Ocean, its deep, slowly moving waters largely untroubled by the storms that often crease its surface. The one true aberration was the emergency, which should serve as an inoculation shot.

ashok lal
mumbai, India
3/D-135
Apr 19, 2014
04:59 PM

Pranab Bardhan >> This is like white Afrikaners in the Apartheid regime saying that Blacks were economically better-off in South Africa than in Nigeria. Robbed of their dignity and security, Muslims who used to live across different parts of Ahmedabad are now huddled in squalid ghettos on the fringes of the city.

The depths to which OUTLOOK's JOURNALISM can descend.. So is Gujarat of 2014 same as Apartheid Era south Africa?

What next? After May 16 2014, there will be an OUTLOOK edition that demands that India face sanctions for making its democratic choice? 

 
Ramki_Uncensored
Delhi, India
4/D-136
Apr 19, 2014
05:01 PM

OUTLOOK >> her states (for example, Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pra­desh) has been substantially better. Taking growth and social welfare together, the best development performance in the last decade or so has been in Tamil Nadu.

Now the same OUTLOOK in another article on Madurai says that voters in Madurai (the heartland of South TN) are disgusted with severe water shortages, rolling power cuts and severe unemployment and just fed up with the state of affairs in the state (of TamilNadu)...

Now which one should we take? Or with so much glaring contradictions should we at all take OLOOK reporting (aka propaganda for UPA) seriously?

 
Ramki_Uncensored
Delhi, India
5/D-157
Apr 19, 2014
06:52 PM

The author has lived most of his life in the United States and has no in depth knowledge of Indian reality. As an uncle Tom  It is also his agenda to give comfort to his white masters by writing articles which they approve particularly garbage against Narendra Modi. He suffers from a deep inferiority complex towards white skinned people and white skinned nations and always seeks validation in their eyes by writing things which will please them. No need of taking the garbage this uncle Tom writes seriously  thank you sir

DR GN Seetharam
Melbourne, Australia
6/D-190
Apr 19, 2014
10:45 PM

OK granted that everything you have written about Modi is true, let us assume ....

Let us look at some points made

....and through constant repetition, his excellent record in this respect is now taken as a given fact in many quarters...

Constant repetiton of 2002 "pogrom", "genocide" etc for the last 12 years and demonising Modi was taken as a given fact in many quarters (including me). But not any more. The veil is coming off fast.

......Muslims who used to live across different parts of Ahmedabad are now huddled in squalid ghettos on the fringes of the city......

really ? can you give some substantive evidence ?

.....Along with the hype, there is also a bit of naivety in the public enthusiasm for him....

In other words people who root for Modi are all idiots!!!

.......The country as a whole is far too complex and poor compared to Gujarat, which has been business-friendly and advanced in both governance and physical infrastructure (like roads, ports, etc.) over many decades now. .....

Point taken. Granting that country is far too complex, among the contenders who is better suited to tackle ? - a man who has been running a state as CM for > 10 yeras or someone who does not have the admin experience of a Sarpanch and whos only qualification is he is his mother's son?

......First of all, our democratic institutions are not all that strong. Our elections are vigorous, but other essential parts of a democracy, like some basic human rights and certain regular procedures of accountability are fragile, even after all these years....

It is the Congress which is squarely responsible for this. Name one major institution left untouched by Congress from its politicking - start from CBI

....a leader given to propensities for aggregation and concentration of power is potentially harmful to democratic proces­ses....

Really ? Who was the decision maker in UPA2 and Congress? Ask Sanjay Baru . Authority without responsibility is more dangerous any day

It is time this mindless demonsiation of Modi is put to an end. First they decide to hate Modi and then they manufacture evidence

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Narayan G N
Mumbai, India
7/D-113
Apr 20, 2014
09:15 PM

More than one visitor to Gujarat, including the social commentator Shiv Vishwanathan, have observed the absence of bribe taking on a day-to-day basis. Quite different from other Indian states.

Varun Shekhar
Toronto, CANADA
8/D-123
Apr 20, 2014
09:53 PM

  The IB is keeping an eye on eight to 10 such journalists with whom the Pakistani embassy is constantly in touch with. Of these, two are women who are working with an English news channel and are known for their aggressive journalism. The IB suspects that these journalists are more interested in showing the Pakistani point of view. So, they try to openly show Pakistan’s point of view through talk shows and news reporting. In the beginning the Pakistani embassy would stay in touch with them over email but when they were monitored, the embassy resorted to use courier companies. As a rule, these journalists get the point of view Pakistan wants. It is possible that in the days to come, some big journalists may trouble brewing for them.

Mohan
Kutch, India
9/D-144
Apr 20, 2014
11:54 PM

> "The 2002 massacres in Gujarat that happened under Modi’s watch suggest a disastrous governance failure. Even if his personal complicity is not legally established (partly because of destroyed evidence), there is no question that horrendous things happened under his watch in an administration he firmly controlled (he was not just a backseat passenger in the car when, sadly, a “puppy got run over”). Some of his close associates have either been indicted or are currently under investigation. The then prime minister of his own party, Atal Behari Vajpayee, rebuked Modi at the time for deviating from his ‘rajdharma’ (the Sanskrit word for good governance)." - Pranab Bardhan.

No major political party in any major democratic country in recent times has put up such a flawed character  as a PM candidate.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
10/D-145
Apr 20, 2014
11:59 PM

> "He (Modi) keeps to the theme of economy and strong India, while delegating the job of hate and fear-mongering to his minions, particularly in the all-important states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The BJP politicians implicated in the Muzaffarnagar riots have been given tickets in this election and Amit Shah has reportedly called for “revenge” against “those who have been ill-treating our mothers and sisters”."- Bardhan.

And our press does not have much to say about it! All that it does is report speeches, as if that is all that a healthy press has to do!

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
11/D-4
Apr 21, 2014
12:08 AM

> "Thirty years back, Gujarat was No. 2 among Indian states in industrial development, and under Modi it has remained No. 2. Even in industrial growth, much of it in recent years has been in the petroleum refineries sector... In the delivery of basic social services (health, nutrition, education, etc.), the performance of many other states (for example, Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pra­desh) has been substantially better. Taking growth and social welfare together, the best development performance in the last decade or so has been in Tamil Nadu." - Bardhan.

Modi's supposed credentials in the field of development are nothing but hype.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
12/D-5
Apr 21, 2014
12:16 AM

> "Above all, with a history of inter-community relations as fraught as in India and the discovery by Modi and his party over the years that, if necessary, mobilising fear and hatred among the majority community can pay good electoral dividends ......."

In a mature democracy such a despicable tactic would not work. But Indian democracy has been dumbed down by 65 years of RSS's hate prachar.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
13/D-37
Apr 21, 2014
04:23 AM

>> Above all, with a history of inter-community relations as fraught as in India

Liar. Hasn't our resident jehadi taught you about the peaceful, close, loving relationship between the communities, and the Ganga-Jamuna tehzeeb?

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
14/D-73
Apr 21, 2014
11:58 AM

for once Mamata B. is right. Gujarat's growth has reduced under Modi.

communalist
mumbai, India
15/D-85
Apr 21, 2014
01:06 PM
 

Mr. Bardhan,
It is easy for you to sit outside India and, with all basic necessities being met, lecture us. We do not know if Modi will be able to do all what he tells, but what is the alternative for us...Congress under an insipid Rahul or a "mai bap" Priyanka/ Roughian Mulayam Singh Yadav or Mayawati? Tell me who is there to take MY country forward? And also who is responsible for degradation of democratic institutions- the Congress party.

I would appreciate if you keep in mind that the YOUR country TOO is not a keeper of conscience and not as "FREE/LIBERAL" as it purports itself to be! So before you point your fingers at us INDIANS DO LOOK within.

Ravi Varma
Trivandrum, India
16/D-89
Apr 21, 2014
01:43 PM

>>Taking growth and social welfare together, the best development performance in the last decade or so has been in Tamil Nadu." - Bardhan.

TN has 6-10 hour power cut while Gujarat is power surplus.Does social welfare include eating food in the dark? That is why morons who use statistics without understanding contexts regularly come up with foolish conclusions.

RSM
Delhi, India
17/D-124
Apr 21, 2014
06:08 PM

"Taking growth and social welfare together, the best development performance in the last decade or so has been in Tamil Nadu." - Bardhan."

Do you have any idea how many industries, especially in the Tiruppur-Coimbatore belt have moved from TN to Gujarat?

By contrast, I have not heard one industry moving from other state to TN.

Enrico Fermi said that by properly choosing data points, he can make them look like an elephant. Our "experts" are doing the same with these numbers.

But talk to people who actually have to make a living and they tell a whole different tale.

Akash Verma
Chennai, India
18/D-142
Apr 21, 2014
08:05 PM

Yeah. We all despise Congress for corruption but who cares if in last 30+ years Congress/BJP couldn't enact a strong law to punish the corrupt in the states they govern in. Pick any state. Few states have ministers who were sentenced by court or have criminally charges pending and they can't find sack them and find clean people. No new Govt investogates/prosecutes corruption of previous Govts.

himanshu
New Jersey, United States
19/D-63
Apr 22, 2014
05:29 AM

The author writes garbage as if 2002 Gujarat riots were the first such riots in India.  Does he know whether other CMs under whose rule racial riots took place and how much (if at all) they were attacked just like he is attacking Modi?  How many times the author has travelled to Gujarat during last 14 years?  Those of us who have witnessed 'before' (Modi) and 'after' (Modi) Gujarat are very impressed by Modi.  So have the local Gujaratis who have repeatedly elected Modi.  Just one example, when I visited Ahmedabad in 1997, I barely could breathe as the city buses and auto rikshaws were using kerosene contaminated disel.  When I visited same city in 2007 and 2009, I saw two to three times many more vehicles on the roads but the air was surprisingly better as most city buses and most auto rikshaws were running on CNG.

P.B. Joshipura
Suffolk, Virginia, United States
20/D-64
Apr 22, 2014
06:16 AM

Sme of our institutions of democracy are still fragile for us to risk incompetent and corrupt congis led by even a bigeer thief Sonia and nikkama MMS.
 

Jitendra
Delhi, India
21/D-65
Apr 22, 2014
06:21 AM

How many days outlook is going to recycle the same trash ? Get over or find something new.

Maha
NJ, United States
22/D-79
Apr 22, 2014
10:02 AM

>> Just one example, when I visited Ahmedabad in 1997, I barely could breathe as the city buses and auto rikshaws were using kerosene contaminated disel. When I visited same city in 2007 and 2009, I saw two to three times many more vehicles on the roads but the air was surprisingly better as most city buses and most auto rikshaws were running on CNG.

That is the case for Mumbai too though no Modi!

R. Saroja
Bombay, India
23/D-127
Apr 22, 2014
12:47 PM

"aaaaaaaaeeeeeee" that was me yawning halfway through the article.

Abhijit Kane
Mumbai, India
24/D-20
Apr 23, 2014
03:51 AM

Mumbai also improved just like Ahmedabad?  Good.  Shiv Sena must be running Municipal government. 

P.B. Joshipura
Suffolk, Virginia, United States
25/D-109
Apr 23, 2014
02:58 PM

That is the case for Mumbai too though no Modi!
R. Saroja
Bombay, India

It's one of the positive features of Gujarat under Modi, to counter balance the negative reportage of 'riots under Modi's watch in 2002". There are many other pluses as well, including economic growth and infrastructure.

Varun Shekhar
Toronto, CANADA
26/D-110
Apr 23, 2014
03:00 PM

>>>well well so much for that naming his wife in his affidavit.

http://week.manoramaonline.com/cgi-bin/MMOnline.dll/portal/ep/theWeekContent.do?contentId=16673695&programId=1073755753&tabId=13&BV_ID=@@@&categoryId=-215961

According to sources in the Vishva Hindu Parishad, soon after Modi acknowledged Jashodaben as his wife, Hindu activists and security professionals dressed as pilgrims arrived on her doorsteps in three white SUVs. They told her that her long-standing wish for a Char Dham yatra had come true. Sources said the group took her to Ahmedabad, where she boarded a chartered flight to Aurangabad near the Uttar Pradesh-Uttarakhand border, and then to Ramdev's isolated mountain-top ashram at Rishikesh. Labourers in the ashram say a lady was seen arriving in a white vehicle on April 13.

“Jashodaben is protected by top-level security people with ties with the Gujarat security services. Perhaps, she does not even know that those with her are not pilgrims but people tasked with keeping her away from the public eye,” said a source close to Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati, the Shankaracharya of Dwarka Peeth, who recently spoke out against Modi.

kishoredasmunshi
Kolkatta, India
27/D-5
Apr 26, 2014
12:14 AM

To

The Editor

Outlook

Sir,

It seems that Modi is the de-facto P M of India (Hear That Hollow In The Drumbeat, April 28, 2014). The balloon inflated with the gas of his Mr. Development (Vikashpurush) image may be pricked any time by the sharp pin of his riotous image. If the NDA is far short of the magic figure required to form the government in the centre, it may find it difficult to make post-poll alliance with major regional political parties that are very protective to their secular bastion to woo the minority vote bank in future. The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has already expressed her sheer antipathy particularly to Modi by indirectly referring him as "Dangar Mukh" (face of riot). Even Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaraman is eloquent against Modi.

There is much possibility of all these regional parties to rise to the occasion of playing a decisive role to form government in the centre. L. K. Advani, Sushma Swaraj or such other comparatively less hardliners may be their choice as the Prime Minister. Then the BJP will perhaps find no other way but to sacrifice Modi to grasp the opportunity of forming the NDA government after a decade.

Again if Modi becomes the Prime Minister, there is much room of doubt whether he will be able to retain his Mr. Development image erasing his face of riot under the aegis of the RSS  and the VHP who seem optimistic of resurrecting the Ayodhya issue.

I shall be highly obliged if my letter is adjudged to be published in the columns of your esteemed magazine.

Yours faithfully,

Buddhadev Nandi

K.K.Bazar

P.o: Bishnupur

Dist: Bankura

West Bengal

PIN: 722122

(M): 9474992578

Buddhadev Nandi
Bishnupur, Bishnupur
28/D-50
Apr 26, 2014
09:36 AM

Fear-mongering is in full flow in outlook.

Maha
NJ, United States
29/D-59
Apr 26, 2014
10:16 AM

@Buddhadev Nandi - "Then the BJP will perhaps find no other way but to sacrifice Modi to grasp the opportunity of forming the NDA government after a decade."

In such a case, I expect Modi to accept the party decision without a murmur.

K.Suresh
Bangalore, India
30/D-60
Apr 26, 2014
10:18 AM

"This does not appear in print."

It would have if it had any substance.

K.Suresh
Bangalore, India
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