Reinventing Modi

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  1. Galaxy

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    Eye on PM’s job, Modi in image makeover mode

    Eye on prime minister’s job, Modi in image makeover mod


    Gujarat’s Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, is looking for an image makeover. And it is the first clear hint that he is preparing himself for a larger national role before the general elections of 2014.

    For the BJP’s prime ministerial prospect the move was long overdue. The Hindutva hardliner image was turning out to be an albatross around his neck. It was cutting him off from a larger national audience besides making him a political untouchable among NDA allies. His admirable performance as Gujarat’s Chief Minister and appreciable qualities as an administrator was getting overshadowed by his aggressive sectarian image.

    It needed to be changed.

    His letter on Tuesday announcing a three-day fast from Saturday, puts emphasis on words like ‘peace’, ‘harmony’, ‘brotherhood’ and ‘unity’ - not the words his current image is associated with.

    It said: “After 2002, Gujarat has not spared any effort to march towards peace, harmony and progress even amidst false propaganda, lies, conspiracies and allegations… I humbly submit before you that, as part of this responsibility to strengthen social harmony and brotherhood, I am thinking of starting a movement of ‘sadbhavana mission’…I deeply believe that this fast will further strengthen Gujarat’s environment of peace, unity and harmony.”

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    “The real strength of our country is its unity and harmony. Unity in diversity is the defining feature of India. It is our responsibility to strengthen unity in our social life. We have got an excellent opportunity to proceed with a positive attitude…,” it added

    The announcement comes a day after the Supreme Court avoided taking a position on a plea against Modi in the Gulbarg Society case in which more than 30 persons were killed during the riots of 2002. The court said it was up to a trial court in Gujarat to study the evidence and take a call whether the Chief Minister should be probed.

    The judgment, for curious reasons, was hailed as clean chit for Modi in a section of the media and the BJP.

    “It is not just a relief for Modi, but a victory for Modi,’’ said BJP spokesperson Balbir K Punj, adding, “Modi will now play a much larger role in the national political scene.”

    “Narendrabhai has passed agnipareeksha today. My heartiest congratulations to him. Satyamev Jayate. Varsho baad aaj satya ki vijay hui hai,” tweeted leader of opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj.

    While it was not immediately clear what the celebration was about—there could still be case against Modi if the lower court feels so and the final clean chit for him could be a long, long way off—today’s announcement reveal a well laid out game plan.

    The BJP, which has an acute leadership crisis at the top, needs to find a strong leader for the general elections of 2014. Modi, though a liability given his image and poor acceptability among NDA partners, is still among the most competent leaders in the party. He has the backing of the RSS and no strong opposition in the party. The only thing he needed was a change in image.

    The task for the BJP now was to project Modi as a softer leader with a pan-Indian appeal – note the ‘the real strength of our country is its unity and harmony’ part in the letter. It had to launch the process sooner than later keeping in view the time left for the elections. Modi’s announcement appears to be part of that design.

    But the task might not be easy. With the 2002 riots cases dogging him and defining his image in the public and political perception, it will take long for Modi to be acceptable. The is too much suspicion among the allies. There are too many prime ministerial aspirants too. If the Congress does not rake up his communal image, someone among the allies will do.

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    ‘I am starting a Sadbhavana Mission’: Modi’s open letter calls for harmony

    ‘I am starting a Sadbhavana Mission’: Modi’s open letter calls for harmony

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    My Salutations!

    Yesterday, the Apex Court of the country delivered an important judgment regarding the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat.

    Everyone is interpreting this judgment in his own way. For political analysts it has one meaning and for legal experts it has another meaning. Someone is interpreting it as victory someone else as defeat. Everyone has his own point of view.

    One thing is apparent from the Supreme Court’s judgment. The unhealthy environment created by the unfounded and false allegations made against me and Government of Gujarat, after 2002 riots, has come to an end. For the past ten years, it has become fashionable to defame me and the State of Gujarat. These elements who could not tolerate any positive development of Gujarat have not left any stone unturned to defame Gujarat. It is difficult to say whether this campaign of defamation will stop even after the judgment of the Supreme Court. But one thing is certain that the credibility of those who have been spreading lies and defaming Gujarat has come to its lowest ebb. The people of this country will not trust such elements anymore.

    After 2002, Gujarat has not spared any effort to march towards peace, harmony and progress even amidst false propaganda, lies, conspiracies and allegations.

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    After 2002, Gujarat has not spared any effort to march towards peace, harmony and progress even amidst false propaganda, lies, conspiracies and allegations, says Modi in the letter. Reuters
    ‘Six crore Gujaratis’ has not remained merely a word. It has become the mantra of unity and human endeavor. Every citizen of Gujarat has internalized peace, harmony and development. Gujarat has experienced an unparalleled phase of peace, harmony, and development in the last decade. Gujarat is committed to march forward on this path only.

    There is a famous saying, “Hate is never conquered by hate.” The real strength of our country is its unity and harmony. Unity in diversity is the defining feature of India. It is our responsibility to strengthen unity in our social life. We have got an excellent opportunity to proceed with a positive attitude. Hence, let us come together and contribute in enhancing the dignity of Gujarat. I humbly submit before you that, as part of this responsibility to strengthen social harmony and brotherhood, I am thinking of starting a movement of Sadbhavana Mission.

    As part of this Sadbhavana Mission, I have resolved to fast for three days from, Saturday, 17 September 2011. My fast will conclude on 19 September. I deeply believe that this fast will further strengthen Gujarat’s environment of peace, unity and harmony.

    Sadbhavana Mission is completely dedicated to the society and the nation. I hope that, our effort to take Gujarat to new heights of development through peace, unity and harmony will contribute immensely in the progress and development of the nation as well.

    Always at your service,

    Narendra Modi

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    A state on the offensive: Why the Gujarat formula works

    A state on the offensive: Why the Gujarat formula works​


    Over the weekend, the Gujarat Industry for Housing and Estate Developers launched a two-day exhibition in Mumbai to showcase Gujarat’s financial capital, Ahmedabad, as an affordable real estate destination. With more than 500 projects on offer, GIHED president Suresh Patel said that the industry body hoped to drum up sales of more than Rs 1,500 crore in Mumbai alone. Last year, the event generated sales of Rs 1,000 crore.

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    “We want to develop Ahmedabad as the next affordable destination for real estate development. We want more and more Gujarati developers from Mumbai to develop properties in Ahmedabad,” Patel said. “There is a shortage of over 1.35 lakh housing units in the city. We expect 32,000 houses and nearly 12,000 commercial properties will be developed this year.”

    Chief Minister Narendra Modi (C) speaks during the inauguration of the 5th edition of Vibrant Gujarat, 2011 Global Summit. AFP
    In his sales pitch, Patel pointed to the increasingly cosmopolitan nature of Ahmedabad, the rapid industrial development of the state, the transportation links between Mumbai and Ahmedabad (especially the ring route) and high realty prices in Mumbai as reasons to invest in Ahmedabad’s relatively cheaper property market. “The way the state is developing, prices will shoot up and they will make profits,” he added.

    At a time when the real estate industry across the country is reeling under the double blows of high interest rates and cooling demand, Patel’s statements sound strikingly different from the usual “oh, we are facing so many problems” complaint of property developers.

    But then, that’s the trademark behaviour the ambitious: they plow on with determination even when rivals have practically given up trying.

    And Gujarat is certainly plowing ahead. Already, in the past 30 days, the state might have garnered investments worth Rs 18,000 crore, with Ford, Peugeot and possibly even Maruti committing to investments to set up production facilities.

    As this report says, part of that may be attributable to the decision by the Maharashtra government to amend its value-added tax regime (VAT) by deferring tax refunds for sourcing and sales within the state, and limiting VAT setoffs to sales of vehicles sold only within the state.

    Be that as it may, Gujarat has certainly lost no time in rolling out the welcome mat to automobile companies.

    Drive to attract investors paying off

    Indeed, the Narendra Modi government has made attracting investments one of its key goals. To do that, it also has a hassle-free land acquisition policy — a big hurdle in many states. According to media reports, the state-owned Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation acquired at least 5,000 acres of land from farmers in villages around Sanand, a rapidly developing auto hub, to hand over to companies interested in expanding/launching operations there. The state has also been smart in marketing its industrial locations by claiming easier access to markets in west and north India — key auto markets locally — as well as ports.

    More impressively, Gujarat’s emergence as an auto destination has happened in a very short time. It first shot into the public spotlight in 2008, after Chief Minister Modi succeeded in persuading the Tata group to relocate its Rs 2,000 crore small car Nano project to Sanand, after the group ran into stiff political — and civil — opposition over the originally planned production site of Singur in West Bengal. At the time, the state stole the limelight from other contenders such as Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

    Experts acknowledge that Gujarat has done its homework in trying to figure out what car companies want when setting up a factory. ”The approach was much different from the other states who were trying to lure investments only on the back of incentives,” said a senior official with Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation. “We knew a car company is not looking at a five or even 10-year timeframe, hence tax breaks do not matter much. It was infrastructure and speed that they wanted and that is what Gujarat provides.”

    What Gujarat provides is not impressing just the car companies: American companies are likely to scale up their investment into Gujarat, according to a US diplomat. “Based on what I have heard…Yes,” US Consul General in Mumbai Peter Haas said, while replying to a media query on whether more investment is likely to flow in the industrialised state from the US firms. “What I have gathered from the American companies is that it (investment) could be across a broad range of sectors – ranging from oil & gas, to exploration, BPO, induction technologies….” said Haas on his maiden visit to Gujarat.

    Of course, he hastened to add that he was a “government official” and that his opinion did not make that much of a difference. “Ultimately, it’ the decision of the business houses.” Still, it’s interesting to note that an American government official thinks that businesses in his country have noticed the state’s potential.

    Hungry for more

    Admittedly,Gujarat is still a small player in the foreign direct investment (FDI) stakes: its share in the total FDI of about $19 billion received in the country was less than 4 percent in the 12 months to March 2011. In terms of ranking, it placed sixth after Maharashtra, the National Capital region, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Maharashtra remained the top leader during that period, claiming $6 billion or so.

    Officials pointed out that the annual FDI received in Gujarat has been in the region of $700-800 million over the past few years. There was one year – financial 2009 (April-March) – when the state received investments worth $2.8 billion, but that was an exception. In the past 10 years,Gujarat has received overall investments worth $7.1 billion – about 5 percent of the total FDI inflows.

    Yet, going by how the state has systematically gone about trying to encourage investments, it’s almost certain that the state will try its best to boost that share significantly in the future.

    A Tata Motors Nano car is loaded onto a goods train for shipment at Sanand railway station in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Reuters

    This year, it certainly wins high marks for effort. It started the year on an exuberant note, winning commitments worth Rs 1.5 lakh crore from Indian companies at its fifth global vibrant Gujarat summit.

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    In recent months, the pace of Gujarat’s drive to establish itself as an all-round attractive investment destination hub has quickened. One media report said the state was planning develop Surendranagar-Wadhwan, Morbi-Wakaner and Bharuch-Ankleshwar as twin cities, following the development of Surat-Navsari on those lines. The concept encourages a sharing of infrastructure of cities and a common town planning scheme. One civic authority will decide on the means of transport and development in the area, which should, in theory, hasten development. Each duo of cities will also have special investment zones. For example, given the flourishing ceramic industry in the Morbi-Wakaner stretch, these two cities are set to be developed as a special zone for the ceramic industries.

    What does all this suggest? It reveals that even as most other state governments are wringing their hands over the economic slowdown while doing precious little to bump up growth, Gujarat is busy trying to burnish its reputation as an investment destination with a vigour and drive that is sorely lacking in other states.

    It’s no surprise then that the state ranks prominently among those projected to become the most developed states in the country by 2020, according to a report by Dun & Bradstreet, an economic forecasting agency. The report, which predicts the Indian economy will become a $5.6 trillion economy by fiscal 2020 at current market prices, noted that Maharastra,Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh would contribute a cumulative 32 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.

    The limelight on the economic ascent of Gujarat comes comes against a backdrop of legal troubles for Chief Minister Modi, whose political fortunes could be affected by a Supreme Court ruling on one strand of investigations into the 2002 riots. In a verdict, due out today, the Supreme court will rule whether Modi should be investigated further for his alleged role in what has come to be known as the Gulbarga Society case. It relates to an attack on Gulbarga Society, a Muslim neighbourhood in Ahmedabad, on 28 February 2002, in the riots that followed the Godhra train fire.

    Looks like Gujarat, along with its ability to attract investments, also has a knack for publicity – politically or economically.


    http://www.firstpost.com/business/a-state-on-the-offensive-why-the-gujarat-formula-works-81309.html
     
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    IF Amul Rahul Baba,egomaniac Mayawati,Illiterate Laloo Yadav can aspire to become PM then Modi is in a much better position to be PM :)
     
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    Modi is maligned by English media, most of the political party, Pseudo Sickularist and what not ? I have never seen any leader standing at Top even after so much of negative and hatred against him. These sections forgot one thing that Modi has most important thing i.e. "Public Support". He is the only leader which can make our country strong !!

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    Why China is betting on Narendra Modi

    Two of a kind: Why China is betting on Narendra Modi | Firstpost

    Given their own domestic history, Chinese leaders find themselves in synch with Modi on many counts

    Ask any BJP leader about whom the party might project as its prime ministerial candidate in 2014, and you’ll likely be subjected to incoherent waffling that indicates great uncertainty.

    Media analysts given to reading the party tea leaves have focused disproportionately on Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj as being the moderate faces of the party with the best chances of carrying the party forward. If Narendra Modi’s name comes up as a potential candidate at all, it is only in hushed and defensive tones, since even the BJP reasons that it is still paying the political price of the 2002 riots.

    Yet, in faraway China where electoral politics as practised raucously in India, is an alien beast, Communist Party leaders and policymakers may have read their own tea leaves and come to two conclusions on the Indian polity. The first: given the changing political dynamics in India, the BJP stands a reasonable chance of coming to power in 2014. Second, in the event of the BJP coming to power, Narendra Modi’s chances of becoming prime minister are considerably better than headlines indicate.

    Chinese policymakers, who are pragmatic and far-sighted, may also be betting that — as happened under AB Vajypayee’s prime ministership — Sino-Indian relations may actually go beyond the day-to-day paranoid scaremongering that characterises bilateral relations today, and improve dramatically under a right-wing leadership. It is in that context that they perhaps find Narendra Modi a man that China can do business with.


    By rolling out the red carpet for Modi, in contrast to the US visa snub, Chinese officials are making a calculated investment in the future.

    Late last week, China’s ambassador to India, Zhang Yan, reached out to Modi and expressed China’s interest in working together to sharpen Gujarat’s industrial and manufacturing edge, which has driven it to the top of the charts of Indian states ranked on industrialisation. He also invited Modi to visit China, which the Chief Minister said he had accepted.

    Red carpet vs visa snub

    The Chinese invitation to Modi is an astute political move, and sends a very strong political signal, particularly in the context of the fact that Modi was in 2005 controversially denied a visa to travel to the US for his role in the 2002 riots – on the strength of lobbying by human rights activists in the US.

    By rolling out the red carpet for Modi, in contrast to the US visa snub, Chinese officials are making a calculated investment in the future, which they know will be well received by a leader who prides himself as an embodiment of Gujarati asmita (self-respect).

    And unlike US diplomats, who (WikiLeaks cables reveal) said they were sending Modi “a clear message regarding the US government’s concerns for the state of human rights and religious freedom in Gujarat,” the Chinese are open to doing business with him without offering lectures on human rights.

    Some of this springs from China’s place in the world. As a country that is at the receiving end of a lot of unwelcome advice from the US and others about its human rights record, China makes a virtue of its “non-interference” in the internal affairs of other countries. On occasion, of course, this has manifested in China’s mollycoddling of dictators around the world – from North Korea to Myanmar to Sudan to Zimbabwe. But since no major world power can today claim the moral high ground on that count, China has robustly pressed ahead with its single-minded pursuit of its strategic interests, unmindful of criticism.

    In synch with Modi

    Modi, as a democratically elected leader of one of India’s most prosperous states, doesn’t of course fit in with that group of despotic leaders. Yet, given their own domestic history, Chinese leaders find themselves in synch with Modi on many counts, which may account for why they are now ready to do business with him.

    For Chinese leaders, Modi’s involvement in the 2002 riots and his response as an administrator since then, have parallels with a defining moment in Chinese history: the 1989 massacre of student protestors and their supporters around the Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

    Right after the 4 June 1989 crackdown, China faced international criticism and was subjected to sanctions. Foreign investors, who had been warming up to the China story after the first round of reforms unveiled by Deng Xiaoping in 1976, no longer wanted to be associated with a regime that had blood on its hands. It was a particularly grim moment for the Chinese Communist Party. Yet, Deng Xiaoping successfully changed the China narrative by unleashing a second round of reforms, which was the cue for investors to return, overlooking the taint of Tiananmen.

    Similarly Modi has managed in recent years to change the narrative about Gujarat away from the horrendous 2002 riots. Today, Gujarat is widely acknowledged as the most reform-minded, business-friendly state, as the Guangdong of India (as the Economist recently termed it, citing the southern Chinese province that is the laboratory for many of China’s economic reforms). In word and in deed, Modi has been looking to China as the model for Gujarat’s industrialisation – and in fact, for Gujarat to “compete with China”. Ahmedabad figures only behind two Chinese cities – Chengdu and Chongqing – on Forbes’ list of 10 fastest-growing cities of the future.

    When Tata’s Nano project was hounded out of West Bengal, it was Gujarat, under Modi, that gave it a home – for which the Chief Minister earned high praise from Ratan Tata as a man who could “get things done”. That’s the kind of competition that China fosters between provinces, where each provinces offers more compelling incentives than the other.

    That was the reason why in 2009, Anil Ambani and Sunil Mittal said they yearned to see Modi — the “lambi race ka ghoda” – as Prime Minister.

    Which may also be the reason why Chinese leaders, with an eye on the future, are today perhaps willing to bet on this lambi race ka ghoda. When they sit across the table from Modi, it’s a fair bet they see themselves in him.
     
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    Surprised that the Pro BJP crowd here has nothing to say about this. I'm no Congress fan or for that matter a fan of any party in India_ because frankly I just don't know them much at all ( policies, stances etc).

    But I have seen here- many anti current govt advocates, Modi advocates, BJP advocates here ( which Is fine, I have no dog in this hunt), claim that India's foreign policy issues, it's soft on National security stances( including its passive policies on Pakistan and china's inflitrations) will no longer exist when BJP comes to power . Presumingly they BJP/ Modi being a more neo con ( not in the American way) of the two parties...

    So now that you have read this article that chinese actually favour Modi and BJP- what say you?
     
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    The Chitpavan Brahmin coffee club called the RSS would never want a OBC leader to be the PM.They are too casteist
     
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    ^^well regardless if they want whatever OBC stands for_ or not--- I'd be more intrested to hear from members here _about how China's view on BJP being so favourable, means to their meme that BJP will be more tougher on national secruity than Congress?
     
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    All this while I thought the BJP not projecting him as candidate was because of 2002 and "Secular" allies.
     
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    With the recent SC judgement as the backdrop and also the current political climate in the center Narendra Modi being the shrewd politician is all out to reinvent his image and in the process seriously challenge Rahul Gandhi for the 2014 elections.

    But his path will not be easy not only will have to negotiate through the jungle of politics within his party but also any adverse court judgement in the future.

    As Modi builds momentum, Congress betrays panic

     
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    @SOB
    The Chitpavan Brahmin coffee club called the RSS which is full of brahmin bigotry will never allow a OBC to become PM.They would rather prefer to have Gadkari as PM.There was a reason why Vajpayee was give the mantle instead of Advani who actually was responsible for building the national party called BJP.Advani was refused the mantle because he was a Sindhi
     
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    IMO Vajpaiyee was made the PM because he had the support of the allies and to a few of them Advani was not acceptable as PM. Also you have to remember that Advani Vajpaiyee combo was the one which had been instrumental for the rise of the party and it's smooth working. Between them there was never a leadership issue. Advani always knew and had accepted a secondary role to his more charismatic colleague.
     
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    You think Narendra Modi is needed to give a serious fight to Rahul bacha ? I seriously object to this :lol:
     
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    The RSS will never allow modi to become PM
     
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    I thought its RSS that is pushing for Modi, while the Delhi 4 opposes him.
     
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    RSS wants to push Gadkari the Chitpavan brahmin from Poona
     
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    How would you explain the fact that the same Advani, a sindhi, was made the prime minister candidate in 2009?
     
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    The Brahmin 4 were imbecile at that time relling from election defeats in Rajasthan and Delhi
     

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