December 21, 2017

What Gujarat Is Telling India

Shankkar Aiyar, Visiting Senior Fellow at IDFC Institute, writes in BloombergQuint on the Gujarat elections and what they mean for the future of India. Excerpts below:


"Context is critical for perspective. The Gujarat Model boasts of double-digit growth in agriculture and overall gross domestic product. Yes, it lags in health and human development indicators. A World Bank study shows poverty reduction has been slower in Gujarat than in some advanced states but faster than the national average. Over 42 percent urban, the state is among the most industrialised, with a huge presence of capital-intensive industry and a labour-intensive small and medium enterprises sector that tops the ladder for value addition. The state boasts of a per capita income of Rs 138,023.


There is no mistaking the anxiety and anger reflected in Gujarat. Voter expectations are located at the intersection of necessary and sufficient conditions, what is and what must be. And it is instructive that the issues thrown up by the results and through the campaign are not very different from the issues haunting India. The microcosm is reflecting the worries of the macrocosm."


Read the whole article here.

Topic : State Capacity / In : OP-EDS
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