FE Editorial : My growth vs yours
While it’s not clear whether or not Modi’s central position in Election 2014 will polarise the nation along communal lines, the impact on election rhetoric may be a bit clearer. Though the BJP has been painted as anti-reform and obscurantist, Modi’s USP is very clearly development; indeed, going by popular imagery, he has come out with a Gujarat model of development. This includes being proactive about delivering irrigation to large parts of the state, being modern enough to understand that GM crops like cotton are the key to future growth—Gujarat is the only state in India to deliver a 10% per annum agriculture growth for close to a decade. Successfully wooing Ratan Tata and Suzuki with generous offers of land helped Modi establish his
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