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
Mar 10, 2009