Modi and the guys in business suits



Anil Ambani, the industrialist and 7th richest Indian by Forbes estimates, confirmed his man-crush on Narendra Modi (Click here for my favourite Modi profile). Last Friday, at Modi’s ritzy investor carnival, Ambani publicly professed that Modi’s birth in 1950 was an event equal in importance to Mahatma Gandhi’s in 1869. Greatness was never this small and flattery never so daring.

In Gujarat, a relatively new idiom in Indian politics is potently playing itself out. It’s being called Moditva, or literally Modiness, for want of a better word. It’s an improvisation over Hindutva, the right-wing Hindu ideology, and one that seeks to legitimize Hindu conservatism with the able help of the free markets.

In Gujarat, it works by keeping fat-cat tycoons (to borrow a word from Obama’s dictionary) happy by granting them the power to “over-leverage” a market. In other words, big corporations get access to easy terms and conditions to conduct business, which are sometimes seen as being lopsidedly favorable to the investors.

The point to make, however, is this: how does an over-leveraged free market in Gujarat fundamentally alter our opinion of politics and society with Modi at the helm?

The lavish praise of Modi by almost all of our biggest industrialists was stunning. (For some help on how they paid tributes, click here. ) “King of kings,” said Anil Ambani. Ratan Tata, the former patriarch of the Tata group, said he would only be “stupid” not to invest in Gujarat. So, those who haven’t boarded the flight to Ahmedabad yet can be rest assured about his or her idiocy.

In a Freudian hint, Ambani summed up the essential Modi: a “king”. Only kings can be as totalitarian.

Gujarat has a robust two-digit growth rate, but it isn’t progressing anything like it is pretending to be. Its human development indicators are just as bad or even worse than in some other Indian states with comparatively lower growth. A comparison between Gujarat and Kerala is sufficient to bear this out.

GDP, or Gross Domestic Product, or quite simply, growth, is a key economic statistic. It’s an output measure (the value of the goods and services produced by all sectors in an economy); an expenditure measure (the value of the goods and services purchased by households and by government, investment in equipment and real estate); and an income measure (of income generated by all sectors, and mostly in profits and wages).

However, growth in many ways is just a number. It tells you how much a country’s income has gone up by, but does not tell you whose share fuelled this growth. For example, a high-growth rate could result from profits and wages earned by a small part of the economy.

Unless growth is made to result in development, which must be defined by greater access to health, schooling and alleviation from poverty, growth means nothing, as Amartya Sen has often argued. He therefore calls for “growth-mediated development”. I can’t help recalling an aptly titled essay on the subject by Sen and Jean Drèze: Putting growth in its place. They write: “We referred to this process as “growth-mediated” development in our 1989 book, Hunger and Public Action. This can indeed be an effective route to a very important part of development; but we must be clear about what can be achieved by fast economic growth on its own, and what it cannot do without appropriate social supplementation.”

Gujarat (44.7%) has more children with poor health than say Ethiopia (34.6%) precisely because of Modi’s single-minded worship of growth that lacks “appropriate social supplementation”.

Industrialists cannot be expected to worry about malnourishment. They will flock to whichever state that gives them freedom to do business the way they find it most useful. In fact, this becomes an acceptable norm, if we presume that industrialists should not be judged from a moral standpoint. So, no matter if Modi had been called a Nero, no matter if human rights remains highly questionable in the state, no matter if a key aide and minister is doing prison time for abetting an anti-Muslim pogrom – it is possible to argue that these cannot be reasonable deterrents to responding to Modi’s business allurements.

However, in economics, there is something called “pricing out of democracy”. Citizens are said to be “priced out of democracy” when the globalised finance capital gives and take incentives from and to political parties as well as governments.

The question to ask is, are citizens being “priced out of democracy” in Gujarat because tax sops, cheap power and land are evidently being exchanged for neo-liberal economic goodwill? (Click here for a discussion on NDTV)

Economy rides religion?

Modi is not at all a historical exception in combining religious nationalism with a push for economic growth.

Modern social theories have pointed to an agreeable relationship between nationalism and capitalism. The rise of most modern economies has been found to be concomitant with a rise in nationalism.

In 1929, hit by an economic depression, America rolled back its foreign aid and investments, ruining Weimar Germany. Its unemployment rose to 6 million, leaving the economy in doldrums and middle-class Germans disenchanted. This would go on to serve as perfect conditions for the Nazis to claim power.

With the rise of Hitler’s nationalism, jobs were back. By 1939, unemployment in Germany was nearly wiped out. Public works were run efficiently and industrialists backed Hitler with money and investment. Déjà vu?

Workers could buy a Volkswagen Beetle for small weekly installments. The Nazis set up the SdA (Beauty of Work) to help Germans see dignity in work. They abolished trade unions and gave more power to the industrialists. Then came the Autarky — an attempt, though unsuccessful — to make Germany self-reliant. The KdF (Strength through Joy) scheme rewarded good workers with entertainment facilities and free holidays. There were so many good things about life in Nazi Germany. In a nutshell, Germany was a strong and successful economy.

In The Spirit of Capitalism: Nationalism and Economic Growth (Harvard University Press, 2001), Liah Greenfield contends that nationalism served as a vehicle for economic might by committing “masses of people to an endless race for national prestige”.

She takes off from Max Weber’s Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, a canonical, if contested, work that looks at the role of religious affiliation, such as Protestant theology, in firing the spirits of capitalism.

Greenfield has argued that nationalism as “a unique form of social consciousness” is the key impetus to the rise of modern economies, having emerged in 16th-century England to spread across the world, including France, Germany, Japan, and the United States. R.H. Tawney in Religion and the Rise of Capitalism, shines the light on “why Christianity continues to exert a unique role in the marketplace”.

Is Modi’s Hindutva then an essential ingredient for Gujarat’s economic rise? India’s economic rise? If yes, then what is the price that we are ready to pay? India’s economic progress should ideally come from a careful avoidance of mistakes developed economies made. That’s why economic history is so important. India must rise to power by dint of economic determinism, not on the back of an ideology that is against the very idea of modern India.

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  • shekhar gandotra

    This sound more like a rant of a jealous sulking woman who is seeing progress in others home.

    Why not learn from Modi? Even your papers owner invests in Gujrat. Soon all industry will be in Gujrat while other state will just drive them away by corrpution and strikes.

    Your party Spokesman Manish Tewari say that Modi is like Nazi germany. But he may rmember that Sonia gandhi father is big votary of Mussolini and Nazi germany.

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  • sam

    yor sucking loser, man grow up, your hatred shows towards the people of Gujarat and NaMo, man please go and make a living in Pakistan, India does not need you.

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  • Indian

    Every HITLER has his day. Period

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  • Anonymous

    How and why did Jehadi journalist Zia Haq missed Akbarudding episode? Is the deliberate or oversight? The answer is obvious. Our media is now infilterated by terrorists pretending to be journalists.

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    raj Reply:

    obsolutely.. the true , ugly, ungrateful, seditious, envious , shameless muslim character is on full display by this traitor.
    zia- if you so dislike india and hindus why dont you go to your parent country pakistan. as per recent report by UN pak tops in all terrorits and i human indicies. why waste your life in india? your pronographic jiurnakustic skills are of much needed for your jehadi brothers.

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    Impi Reply:

    That’s exactly it. Modi and Akbaruddin are two sides of the same dumb rightwing coin.

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    raj Reply:

    a stupid n uncalled comment by impi………… there is no comparison…infact Modi cannot b compared with a mindless demon like owaisi

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    Anonymous Reply:

    That’s a muslim apologist in you speaking.

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    Impi Reply:

    Nope. Just the truth. Look at their career graphs and speeches.

    Surbhi Reply:

    true! excellent comment!

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  • pankaj#1

    Last Friday, at Modi’s ritzy investor carnival, Ambani publicly professed that Modi’s birth in 1950 was an event equal in importance to Mahatma Gandhi’s in 1869. Greatness was never this small and flattery never so daring.
    Zia, My child, have you forgotten, a fellow Assamese, immortal words: India is Indira and Indira is India: Grow up. intellectually, you are a pigmy. you just wear that victimhood. Can you engage with me?? I will show you the mirror.

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  • kanishka

    Zia you are acting like a Jehadi with rabid anti-Hinduism. You have no idea that Gujarat today is the largest employer in India. Every month more than 40,000 skilled and non-skilled labor force migrates to Gujarat for job opportunity from states like Bihar, UP, Rajsthan, Odisha, WB, NE states and even Maharashtra. All are welcome with open arms and live their amicably while enjoying the fruits of Modi’s Gujarat is developing every year. Modi has not declared that Gujarat is a developed state; it is still developing and has long way to go but it is NOT Somalia. It is much better managed than your model states like WB, UP, Kerala or many other states run by UPA.

    Based on per capita, Gujarat state contributes the largest money in the central government in the form of Excise, Customs, Income tax and other fees which exceed rs 60,000 crores in 2010-11 and numbers increasing on daily basis. This money is used by the UPA government to susidise J&K, UP and WB states while giving less to Gujarat. This is the miracle of Modi. This is in addition to the salaries that migrants sent to their native places. Many of Gujarat statics are skewed by the constant migrant workers majority of whom are poor and do not want to spend in the state where they make money.

    How many migrate to Kerala? Keralites are spread all over in search of jobs. The development starts step by step starting with peace, development of infrastructure (roads, power and skilled labor), good governance, corruption free system, willingness of indusustry to establish big units followed by meduim and small scale industries, education institutes, etc. It does not happen otherway round as Jehadis like you think. Once there is enough income to spread, people would spend on health and other social indicators.

    Another point I would like to mention that there is an ANTI-MODI industry which has fudged many statistics to feed pseudo-secularist and jehadis like you. So take a chill pill and talk about OWAISI BROTHER and stop villifying Modi and Gujarat. You have been proven wrong and bigot many time before on the issue of MODI.

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  • Aarti

    Well in most of Muslim world, when Muslims had a chance to elect a government after decades of dictatorship, their choice was Islamists like Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. Is Modi worse than Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas that openly calls for genocide of Jews and second class status for non-Muslims… etc?

    Would Muslims in India prefer Muslims are treated they way they treated native Hindus in Kashmir?

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  • Arun Kumar

    Such morons will never alter their mindset, which is stuck in the 7th century. That is the time when a complete totalitarian ideology was born, so the less Mr Haq talks about totalitarianism, the better. As regards the progress, the state is making, it needs no certification from such sceptics, who peddle outdated statistics. I suggest he read Bibek Debroy’s latest treatise on Gujarat and its development story. Mr Haq, you can choose to remain in an Ostrich mode, if you wish, but the world is passing you bye.

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  • prem

    lets have look at Modi “ he has a big mouth on him but no Idea what he taking about he model his self on the Nazis, dose he not know the Nazi were most blood thirsty people in Europe. they murdered million and millions of Israelis, they gassed them? they started the second world war.

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  • ge

    Modi is a low life murderer

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    Pakko Reply:

    stop looking into the mirror …. we are not talking about you here. ;-)

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  • raj

    no wonder they call you a muslim!!!!

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  • Sumit Bose

    If these “fat cat tycoons had lavished the same “praise” on our beloved Italian ex-maid this jihadi nut-case would have applauded or resounded it with an acquiescing silence.
    Mian, why this “thundering silence” on Owaisi’s 15 minutes of time out from the police to show your community’s strength to the coward community? We all would love to hear your “conspiracy theory” on that

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  • Babu

    HindustanTimes is run by pakistani terrorists. This article is one of the best evidence. Just the mere tone of the article makes me puke. Keep barking and the day will soon come when you are put in place.

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  • TRUTH

    MODITVA MODITVA MODITVA….AND JUSTICE FOR BHARAT MATA….THE REST, LIKE THIS “JOURNALIST” DON’T EVEN EXIST.

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  • Pradeep Tumati

    The author should explain what India is paying now?… remember, India went in the way the author aspires for the past 60 yrs and achieved nothing and now, when Modi is trying to make a change, he is being compared to Hitler.

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  • Rahul

    Thanks Zia ul Haq (or whatever), I’m rooting for for Modi. Had enough of your Pakistani bro Mickey Mouse Singh.

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  • zia haq

    The grapes are so extremely sour that we have no recourse, but to resort to lies. lies amd more lies – like our Maha Mad taught us 1400 years ago.

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    zia haq Reply:

    . …and Maha Mad conveniently formulated it as “taqiyya”.

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  • K.C.sekhar

    OK sir agreed . Gujarat is bad – most backward state – and the people there are dumb – in fact it is very very bad and most inconvenient as well as it is very dangerous to live in Gujarat. One does not know how people live in such conditions that can be compared to Uganda as compared to other states which resemble the rich Texas or California in US.

    All the industrialists who come to the states are dumb and foolish and they are wasting their precious money which they got from their parents by investing in Gujarat. Unfortunately almost all the industrialists fall in this category – even Tata – who has taken over foreign companies in their country.

    what a shame – you see the Gujaratis in this state live their life in darkness unlike other states in India – no electricity – no power and live in medieval times.

    Very good analysis. let us all urge people to leave Gujarat.

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    aryan Reply:

    ha ha ha ha …………… i feel pity on the IQ level of such generalist…. i wonder whether they have any brain or not

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tony-Varadaraj/1243167347 Tony Varadaraj

    Last I heard, Ratan Tata, Godrej and many others who attended the summit and are singing Modi’s praises are Parsees who practiced the Zoroastrian faith that was decimated in their home country of Persia by, you guessed it, Muslims. There are many, many industrious non-Muslims and Muslims like the Bohras who are benefiting from the Gujarat experiment that puts industrialization, infrastructure, development in the forefront to achieve prosperity rather than the utterly failed policy of re-distributing the economic pie through electoral maths based on caste, religion etc.. These very same Muslims would be blown to bits like the Hazaras in the land of the pure. But take it from a Muslim crab to turn it into a Hindu hate-fest in disguise. Muslim extremists have learned the art of Goebbelsian propaganda very well to use any and every method, including the pretense of “oppression” if their obsession to make their ideology dominant is thwarted like it has been in Gujarat.

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  • Dr.V.Mahadevan

    HT has in its stables horses like this author. Obviously he cannot stomach the appreciation showered on Modi by the industrial elite of India, How to denigrate and downgrade the same ? Development is not the be all and end all of lifeTHe unholy partnership of nationalism and . religious fundamentalism is what has propelled many cultures, but our author has only Nazi Germany in mind and ipso facto Modi is a Hindu HITLER!!Mind you similar idiots have in the past derided the Hindu rate of growth in India !The author wiill find it difficult to point to any Islamic regime which has developed without allowing its natural resources being exploited by the West. Poor in resources and the Islamic countries are prone to dictatorship and the richer ones are dependent upon slave labour..Clearly the desire to make Islam the central force in the world has been stymied by historical factors. Reversing them by force is one cause of terrorism which is funded by rich Islamic dictatorships.Muslims in India are a restless lot for in their case there is a nostalgic desire for times past when Islamic rule prevailed here.That the British created one Islamic state when they left, which divided itself in two, is not consolation enough as both have become failed entities. Animosity and hatred of India is the driving force in Pakistan and acquiring more living space is the motivation in Bangladesh.In the middle India is doing relatively well despite the many problems ,,some created by our neighbors is cause for heartburn, for our ‘friends’..

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tony-Varadaraj/1243167347 Tony Varadaraj

    On another note, I remember Indian socialists of the ’60’s and ’70’s who wanted every private industry in India to be nationalized (a policy that nearly bankrupted India in the early ’90s) holding their noses at the emerging South-East Asian economies like Singapore, Taiwan, Hong-Kong etc. as practicing screw-driver technology of just assembling things for the rich West. Today those countries have moved into the first world and India is now looking up to their story as a model for growth. Even forgetting the obvious “oh-we-poor-Muslims-are-so-oppressed-in-India-by-evil-Hindus” slant of this article, this is similar attempt to pull down anyone who is actually leading so that those who are incapable of leading but want all the fruits of leadership continue to prosper in India.

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  • sanjay vikram

    agreed….she should ask this question from Sonia and her congress party…who has ruled this country for almost 50 years…..they had and have all the inpowers..to change this nation for better…..why ppl like Zia have problems with the concept of hindu and hindutva…this is comedy and farce in India ..when I say I am hindu and believe Hindutva is being dubbed as communal

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    aryan Reply:

    No need too feel ashamed of that………..the more mindless owaisi speak …the more n rigid we will become…………. I always considered myself as Indian first n everything last……………but now I have to change this attitude….. Let me remind myself that I am Indian n Hindu…. n proud to be that………….. I am happy that I am not any convert (by fear from gulf looters) unlike many of convert mindless owaisis who r spreading the hatred in our beloved country without realising that their history doesnot begin 1400 years ago……. n time has come to remind these mindless convert that learn from the mistakes which their forefathers commited by converting out of fear from gulf looters n recall their trueself

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  • sanjay vikram

    Not sure what prompts Shobhana Bhartiya and her joker editor _ Vir Sanvghi to allow traitors like Zia to publish her blog in “”HINDUSTAN TIMES”"…

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  • Ankit

    I was hoping Zia will follow up on the Owaisi episode this time. It was an opportune moment to denounce his hate speech in no uncertain terms- to tell us he does not believe in insulting Lord Ram or Hindus- and to make a case for why people like Owaisi should be marginalized in the Indian society. However, Zia is on his usual rant.

    This is revealing, because it tell me Zia is not about better community relations. In fact people like him are more dangerous than Owaisi, because their hatred in cloaked int the sophistication of English columns and blogs.

    I hope the youngsters of our country can see people like Zia for who they really are.

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  • Abu Ahmed

    When so many of our industrialists are singing praises of Narender Modi, surely Modi must have done something worthwhile to earn such accolades. My problem with Modi is regarding the way he opted for to grab power – it was a very sinister plot indeed. He sacrificed the lives of Hindu women in that train at Godhra through a mercenary mob; then, within no time (as it was all pre-planned) attacks on Muslims took place in a very organized manner. This type of large scale and wide spread murder established Narender Modi as a champion of Hindus. With the BJP in power at the state and center in 2002, every aspect of the pogrom was minutely stage-managed, with all the requisite cover-ups in place. Dawood Ibrahim does the same thing too; he is ruthless in all executions and as a businessman – legal, illegal, legimate or illegimate they are basically businesses – he is more efficient than Ambani, Tata or Birla. The issue therefore boils down to that age-old question : whether end justifies the means – that is the big moral, ethical question facing us all.

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    Tony Varadaraj Reply:

    Over 45,000 Muslims have been blown to bits in the land of the pure over the last decade to make it even purer most of it with the connivance of authority. Just two days ago, over a hundred Hazaras were sent to kingdom come in Quetta and their kith and kin are even willing to commit the sacrilege of not burying their dead according to Islamic rights to seek justice. And yet, the only hate you can pour is about a fraction of it that happened 10 years ago that was instigated by the same kind of Muslim hatred that does not overflow like next door because it is kept in check by authority. Go shed a few of your crocodile tears across the border; maybe they’ll serve some useful purpose.

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    Indian Reply:

    i feel pity on ur IQ level……………. u don’t want to digest the fact that muslims can also do the train burning episode….. u don’t accept the fact that muslims looters from gulf destroyed so so many temples and looted crore of property from our country…….. Infact u may not b digesting the fact that ur forfathers might have been converted to islam due to fear of death from muslims looters of gulf…………….Recall ur history …. it is not just 1400 years old but millions of years…. n feel pride in that history which is millions of years

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tony-Varadaraj/1243167347 Tony Varadaraj

    An article in 2011 about the man who supposedly hates Muslims. I am guessing that the Bohras are persona non-grata in the eyes of their brethren who are instigating such hatred not only in the sub-continent but around the world. It just goes to prove that there is no contempt towards Muslims but it is towards those Muslims who cannot live peacefully not only amongst non-Muslims but those that they think are not Muslims in the first place:

    Chief minister seeks bigger role of Bohras in Gujarat development
    Published: Sunday, Feb 20, 2011, 15:30 IST
    By DNA Correspondent | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: DNA

    If, ‘He came, he spoke and he conquered’ can sum up the one-and-a-half hours that he spent at the Burhani Expo, chief minister Narendra Modi did a Caesar on Saturday morning.

    Members of the Dawoodi Bohra community participating in the event from across the country as well as the globe seemed very impressed with Modi after he finished his 20-minute speech. In between showering praises on spiritual leader Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Saheb, Modi spoke at length on how the Bohra community had contributed to the state’s growth and appealed them to continue doing so.

    While saying that development was the only answer to all social ills, he urged
    Bohras to play a bigger role in the state’s development.

    The two-day expo is a trade exhibition of Dawoodi Bohra community, the first
    of its kind in the country where more than 150 exhibitors from various industries are taking part.

    Modi began his speech by praising the Bohras who he said have brought a good name to Gujarat from every place they have been to. Describing Syedna Saheb as a karmasheel person the CM said that the community has been fortunate enough to get Saheb’s blessings and good wishes every year.

    “Today Vibrant Gujarat Summit has become a big event but few people know that first Vibrant Gujarat Summit in 2003 had started off in Surat with Syedna Saheb’s
    blessings,” Modi said.

    Earlier, Saheb’s son Huzefa Saheb praised Modi for taking Gujarat on the fast track of progress. He asked the Bohras to be a part of the state’s development and that the Burhani Expo will strengthen the community links. This will serve as a platform for
    Bohras to grow.

    Textiles, chemicals, hardware, pharma, machine tools, construction, glass, metal and jewellery are some of the sectors which were presented at the expo.

    More than 2,000 Bohra community members were rapt in attention as Modi delivered his speech, and frequently lauded the CM’s words. This, even though, most of them had to remain standing, on account of limited seating arrangement.

    Modi said that Syedna Saheb’s 100th birthday (on March 25 as per Islamic calendar) was being celebrated in the state’s Golden Jubilee Year.

    He said that Syedna Saheb was turning 100, and he had requested him to remain in Gujarat for his birth centenary celebrations.

    The CM praised the importance Dawoodi Bohra community had laid on education. He noted that while Mahatma Gandhi established Gujarat Vidyapith in 1930, Syedna Saheb’s father had established Arabic University in Surat long before that in 1920 itself.

    He praised the community for having been able to keep itself away from various ills, and attributed it to the spiritual guidance provided by Syedna Saheb. He said that the Bohras, while being open to change, had managed to retain their culture and preserve the Gujarati language.

    He said the community had vigorously taken up the task of building check-dams in the state. He urged Bohra community women to educate pregnant women about the importance of proper nutrition to prevent malnutrition among them. Modi also released a souvenir of the Expo at the end of his speech.

    It was announced that Burhani Foundation India would distribute 52,000 bird feeders on March 6 to protect sparrows and other small birds which were on the verge of extinction. He also took a round of the stalls showing keen interest in the businesses exhibited.

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    Faulitics Reply:

    But Zia wouldn’t consider bohras as Muslims but heretics to be in line with his ummah.

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    Tony Varadaraj Reply:

    Indeed, when you consider what the Hazaras, Shias, Ahmediyyas and others are going through in Pakistan having to face the threat of being blown up by the hundreds, the Bohras wouldn’t stand a chance at the hands of the jihadis if they are not protected by the rule of law in India.

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  • Raghavendra

    Mia Zia Haq what the hell you mean by a MYSTERIOUS FIRE in that train in GODHRA?

    you dont want to blame MUSLIM mobs for setting that train on fire in GODHRA but you have already decided HINDUS as CULPRITS in riots that followed?

    you betray your bias towards your community so openly by writing like this.

    i advise you to grow up MIA dont be a baby.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    What he is trying to say is that-
    1. Karsevaks burnt the coach themselves.
    2. or Some hindu elements from Godhra burnt the coach.
    3. or martians carried out this act.

    4. Muslims are clean and can never do such this as non-violent mohammad never killed a fly in his life.

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    engrich Reply:

    What he is trying to say is that-
    1. Karsevaks burnt the coach themselves………yes
    2. or Some hindu elements from Godhra burnt the coach. vhp burnt the coach.riot was preplanned this was part of plan.court also released .
    3. or martians carried out this act. this was carried out by hindu fascist to unite middle class hindu votes and win election.gujrat is richest stte of india.SINCE THEY 1969 THEY WERE EXECUTING COMMUNAL RIOT AT LEAST TWICE A YEAR.

    4. Muslims are clean and can never do such this as non-violent mohammad never killed a fly in his life.riots are part of hindu agenda to captur hindu votes.

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  • Faulitics

    Zia is a coward and always goes for low hanging fruits. Strange that a “Muslim affairs” writer could not write about the treacherous akbaruddin Owaisi story but focus on a Hindu nationalist whipping boy instead.

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  • Raj

    no wonder you are called a muslim..zia, you epitomise what a muslim is.

    1. muslims cant see the truth. truth for them is what is convenient to their religion. They can lie through their teeth without a shame all in the name of religion – al takiya.
    2. muslims do not have sense of gratefulness. They do not have any sense of allegiance to the country that gave birth to ther fathers and forefathers in the past and going to feed them and sustain their future generations.
    3. Patriotism is an alien concept to muslims. Muslims can never be patriots. If they are patriots they can never be muslims.

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  • Ramesh Kumar

    THE BLOGGER MAY ANSWER ONLY ONE QUESTION.WHY IN ALL THE STATES RUN BY SONIA’S CONGRESS ,THERE IS NO SUCH INTREST IN INVESTING ?
    RIOTS TOOK UNDER RAJIV GANDHI IN DELHI -1984,DID THIS BLOGGER EVER WROTE ON THAT,IF NOT WHY NOT?

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  • bluewrox

    well …”fat cats” lavished praises…this “thin dog” lavished gaalis….

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  • vijay !

    Fantastic article in DAWN by a Pakistani Punjabi. It just details why Pakistan is a failed ideology. In fact it frankly admits that the mohajirs had just no chacne of being treated as equals. While the Bengalis were thoguht to be short, dark and Ugly.

    ———– to quote DAWN———–

    The educational level of India’s Muslims had been generally poor, but that of the Punjabi Muslim was simply pathetic, particularly the business community and the army men had no taste for useless pursuits such as learning and intellect; wealth came as Fazl-e-Rabbi, self-confidence came from the success of the Pakistan Movement, aggressive attitudes were genetic to us as Muslims.

    It has been natural for us to dismiss all our other nationalities with contempt if they disagreed or challenged us. So we evaluated our national diversity like this: Bengalis are black, small, ugly, disloyal crooks, Sindhis are lazy, hateful parasites living off our hard work, Balochis are unclean, lazy, ignorant, pagan fools whom we feed, God knows why. And well, Pathans? They are funny homosexuals and deeply jealous of our high merit. We never stopped our loud claims of everything good and right.

    We lost the defining part of our identity with disgrace and shame in 1971, although we have never admitted to this day that the Bangla Pakistanis were Pakistan’s identity much more than we were. We supported an illegal and immoral massacre by our army, which was illegal because it acted under orders of an illegal government and immoral because it attacked the elected majority. We externalised our guilt instead of bowing our heads in shame; we blamed India and the world for our disgrace. Today, we are again at a similar crossroads with deeper internal chaos and greater international isolation.

    We do not lose an inch of our honor if we submit to the wishes of the units that form tha

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    Tony Varadaraj Reply:

    Don’t expect our indigenous Muslim crabs to embark on such a self-critical exercise any time soon because every ill that they suffer from is always the fault of the Hindus. Remember those of them who emigrated to Pakistan now are making a nuisance of themselves there too, blaming the hapless Sindhis for not adjusting to them in Karachi.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Don’t know why bangladeshis shud favor pakistanis as the pakis think them to be short dark and UgLY
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    Bss Reply:

    Is this why Advani was kicked out of Pakistan? He is after all a B L O O D Y Pakistani!

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    Tony Varadaraj Reply:

    Don’t expect our indigenous Muslim crabs to embark on such a self-critical exercise any time soon because every ill that they suffer from is always the fault of the Hindus. Remember those of them who emigrated to Pakistan now are making a nuisance of themselves there too, blaming the hapless Sindhis for not adjusting to them in Karachi.

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  • DrM

    Virulent hate-mongering among Muslims against other religions is not new. It doesn’t matter whether the target is Narendra Modi. It is just a manifestation of a deeply twisted mindset.

    Let me present arguments in my favor.

    1. As far as the current crisis is concerned, no Muslim condemns the Godhra train burning, which was the tipping point in an already communally-sensitive Godhra. Stupid arguments like ‘was set on fire by RSS/BJP’ is the standard line of the Indian Muslims and a lot of Hindus who want to parade themselves as ‘Secular’. The fact that the local councilor a Muslim, was instrumental in burning the train and prevented help from reaching the victims is already on record. Probably he was aware that the backlash that would follow would play Muslims right into the hate stream of the Jihadi elements, and may have had political and financial backing to do so.

    2. Communal riots are not new to India. They have happened right since the time of partition. And the majority of Hindus were comfortable living their own peaceful lives. Muslims, whenever in power, however, always have wanted to establish a separate geographical and political space for themselves. The only way they could do so was to eliminate the remainder of the population in that area. Kashmir is a prime example, and the Pandits and Buddhists are still refugees. Long before the flaring up of the J&K situation, can anyone forget what the MIM and the erstwhile Nizam do in Andhra Pradesh, raising Razakars and butchering poor hindu peasants? There was no Babri Masjid, no J&K at that time. Does anyone condemn that? The events of Babri Masjid and Godhra are just covers for Muslims to justify hate-mongering and violence.

    3. Everyone says- Muslims are poor. I agree. But what is the root cause? Has anyone prevented them from going to schools? Anyone prevented them from pursuing higher education? Anyone preventing them from voting? No. These problems stem from a combination of high birth rate, polygamy, putting a twisted religious view before family, non-implementation of scientific education, and rabid opposition to any alternate interpretation of Islam and the Quran. Case in point- why did the Sufi ideology not penetrate the masses? The reason is that the hardliners have always threatened them with violence, and have usually followed up on their threats. We could barely hear a reaction from the Muslims when a Kerala professor got his hands chopped off for setting up a discussion in an exam paper. Really tolerant and peaceful guys, aren’t they?

    4. All Muslims talk of a bias against them. The reverse is also true. Try walking the lanes of the Old city in Hyderabad or Lucknow, you’ll realise what I am talking of.

    5. When rabid hate-mongerers like Mr Zakir Naik say openly that Islam is the only true religion, and there is nothing wrong with Muslims not allowing any temple or church to be constructed in their vicinity, there is no condemnation of that, no showing placards of equality to him, no sloganeering from the ‘moderate’ Muslims, nothing. This shows that there is no place for ‘moderate’ Islam in today’s society.

    6. Development is the best way to keep a society from internal conflict. The hope for progress, better facilities, and a safer life appeals to everyone, so that kids and the youth go to schools and colleges, and are kept off the streets and from drugs. This is how the world, by and large, maintains order. The police are just there to keep the few rowdy elements in check, and not the masses. Keeping a whole state subjugated by violence is the sole provision of Muslims, North Koreans and a few other dictatorships. This idea of progress is not digestible by the likes of Mr Haq, and why? Narendra Modi is the only man in India currently capable of pushing the agenda of development and keeping Muslims interested in anything else apart from violence. That doesn’t serve the Imams, Mullahs, the Owaisis, and the controllers in the Middle East. The sole aim of these groups is to establish an Islamic Caliphate globally, and are unfortunately served by the polished slime consisting of ‘educated’ people like Mr Naik and Haq. A lie repeated too many times over starts sounding like truth. That is what these guys are experts at.

    Anyway, I feel that it is time for Indians to wake up, show all extremists, especially Muslims, their place in society, and establish the firm rule of law, without fear and favour. When a socirty goes astray, it is the duty of the law to force them to comply with the rule of law. This is sadly missing in the society. We can reflect on that sometime later.

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  • Hitesh

    If the present progress of Western World is due to Christianity(esp. Protestant) and future progress of India would be due to Hindutva then why Muslim countries failed even though they have declared their respective states Islamic based on Shariah only ? In Pakistan there are 20 crore Modidopplers , why they couldn’t progress ?

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    agnivesh Reply:

    KILLER MODI IS EX-TEABOY OF ROADSIDE RESTRANT IN GUJRAT.heis darling of international and local copitalist media brcause he is selling our land to multinational.riots are perpetuated tovacate muslims and dalits frm prime land so that their land can be sell to foreigners.corporates brings hunger and poverty not prosperity.read the history of latin america.americam president cannot go anywhere.

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  • kpbhatt9

    Development kise kehte hai yaha Gujarat me aake dekh jao. Aur rahi baat Muslimo ki to Gujarat ke Muslims pure India me se sabse Sukhi Muslims hai. Modi Sher hai. Use PM banna hi chahiye aur ek Gujarati hone ke nate mujhe pata hai uski Governance Skill. He is a Combination of Brilliant Brain, Superb Speech & Megical Memory. I m Proud to be an Indian & I m a Proud to be Gujarati.

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