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Intellectuals across every media platform within and outside of India analyze the positive political change witnessed with Shri Narendra Modi’s victory in Gujarat Elections. 

The optimism displayed by Shri Modi’s vision has appealed the urban middle-class and youth. 

This Election distinctly stands out for nurturing hopes of the upcoming urban- middle class and youth of Gujarat!

 

With the third consecutive victory of Shri Narendra Modi in Gujarat, intellectuals all across the country and worldwide have written about this impressive win. Here is an overview of the various intellectuals on the remarkable triumph of the BJP and the anchoring role played by Shri Modi in the victory.

 

Narendra Modi’s victory an emphatic political achievement, intellectual debate around him changing and the change is real as well as palpable!

Noted intellectual and expert on public policy Mr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta has described Shri Modi’s victory as an emphatic political achievement. Mr. Mehta writes, “He, like a handful of other chief ministers, brilliantly grasped the fact that Indian politics is deeply aspirational. It rewards governance.”

Columnist and avid blogger Mr. Shashi Shekhar cites the above remarks by Mr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta and what he calls a subtle expression of strong endorsement by Professor PV Indiresan (his article dated 14th December 2012 in the Hindu Business Line) to show how the intellectual debate on Shri Narendra Modi has shifted. He calls it a shift that is both real and palpable.

 

Data reflects Gujarat story is for real! Stellar leadership of Shri Modi inspires people 

Author and reputed public policy doyen Mr. Bibek Debroy wrote in India Today (issue dated 31st December 2012), “There is no getting away from Narendra Modi’s leadership role in social sector push, empowerment of bureaucracy and insulation from political interference, clamping down on corruption, decentralization, and emphasis on the private sector.” He adds that Gujarat’s growth story was considered as “hype” but since the growth is now reflected in concrete data, it is no longer contested.

Senior fellow at CSDS and founder of Manushi Sangathan. Dr. Madhu Purnima Kishwar is all praise for Shri Modi’s victory in the 2012 Gujarat election and she goes a step further to berate the anti-Gujarat elements who have only indulged in negativity for so many years.

Dr. Kishwar lauds Gujarat’s development in agriculture and attributes it extensive irrigation facilities, building of check dams, Khet Talawadi programme, drip irrigation etc. She also notes the success of Jyotigram Yojana and Gujarat’s wonderful roads network. All these factors played a major role in the wide scale support generated for Shri Modi and the BJP, which made the historic victory in 2012 polls possible.

 

Shri Modi’s popularity gave BJP the cutting edge 

Noted columnist Mr. Swapan Dasgupta opined that Shri Modi’s popularity among the people gave the BJP a cutting edge in the 2012 Gujarat elections. He also writes about Shri Modi’s ability to draw votes from outside the core ideological fold of his party, thus suggesting that people cutting across all communities voted for Shri Modi and the BJP. Mr. Dasgupta concludes by saying that the BJP not only needs Modi but the Modi model to get votes and rejuvenate the party.

Writing about the BJP victory in the 2012 Gujarat polls in the Hindustan Times, Ketaki Ghoghe takes note of role played by the neo-middle class in this victory, arguing that its role was even greater than aspects such as caste and community. She states that Shri Modi stands for this class, which is focused on better living through jobs and enterprise opportunities not food security or employment guarantee schemes offered by the Congress.

 

Narendra Modi the only leader with a clear economic vision- it’s a vision that glorifies prosperity not poverty

Furthermore, noted political writer, Ms. Tavleen Singh has aptly described Shri Modi as the only Indian political leader today with a clear economic vision. It is a vision that glorifies prosperity and not poverty.  Additionally, she asserts that Shri Modi has elevated the aspirations particularly of the youth and middle class of India. Moreover, Ms. Singh has said that he is nurturing a new dream of India thereby overcoming the previously triggered American dreams among the youth.

Reports in The Organiser  too have re-emphasized the uniqueness of Gujarat’s Election Campaign in these words, Modi’s success lies in the fact that he has reinvented, reinforced and rejuvenated the core ideological moorings and converted it into vibrant election machinery, attracting fresh blood and dynamism.  The report has also asserted that no other Chief Minster within India has grabbed so much international and national attention.

Some interesting facets of the Shri Modi’s Election campaign have been affirmed in the report. Firstly, Shri Modi is one of the few politicians who has not given a single interview while campaigning and yet effectively outreached his audience with his positive image.  Secondly, he won the hearts of his voters without assuring any freebies like his opponents. Thirdly, while the assets of other politicians keep multiplying, Shri Modi’s have remained constant until now clearly depicting his high standards in politics. And last but not the least, without any personal attacks on his detractors, he charmed his audience not only with his growth spirit but also by walking the talk i.e bringing his words into action.

Finally, the crux of Shri Modi’s success has been well examined by famous journalist Mr. Sandeep Bamzai of Mail Today. With the gloomy national atmosphere of price hikes and corruption scandals, the writer said that India awaits a hero like Shri Modi who is the silver lining of optimism.

To summarize, Shri Modi is the first Indian politician to talk about “the neo-middle class” and is probably the only leader who has positively assured to safeguard the interests and needs of this emerging section of Indian society. As realized by many intellectuals across political forums, political discourse has undoubtedly undergone a paradigm shift with the Gujarat Elections by replacing vote-bank politics based on caste and religion with ambitious and development- oriented principles.

 

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MoS Dr. Jitendra Singh’s Statement after meeting with the political parties of Jammu-Kashmir under the leadership of the Hon'ble Prime Minister
June 24, 2021
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A discussion with the political parties of Jammu-Kashmir under the leadership of the Hon'ble Prime Minister has just ended. This has been a very positive effort towards the development and strengthening of democracy in Jammu-Kashmir. The meeting took place in a very cordial atmosphere. All the participants expressed their full allegiance to the democracy of India and the Constitution of India.

The Home Minister apprised all the leaders of the improvement in the situation in Jammu-Kashmir.

The Prime Minister listened to every party’s arguments and suggestions with all seriousness and he appreciated the fact that all the people's representatives shared their point of view with an open mind. The Prime Minister laid special emphasis on two important issues in the meeting. He said that we all have to work together to take democracy to the grassroots in Jammu-Kashmir. Secondly, there should be all-round development in Jammu-Kashmir and development should reach every region and every community. It is necessary that there should be an atmosphere of cooperation and public participation.

Hon'ble Prime Minister also pointed out that elections to Panchayati Raj and other local bodies have been successfully held in Jammu-Kashmir. There is improvement in the security situation. About 12,000 crore rupees have directly reached the panchayats after the conclusion of elections. This has accelerated the pace of development in the villages.

The Prime Minister said that we have to approach the next important step related to the democratic process in Jammu-Kashmir i.e. assembly elections. The process of delimitation has to be completed expeditiously so that every region and every section gets adequate political representation in the assembly. It is necessary to give a proper representation to the Dalits, backwards and people living in tribal areas.

There was a detailed discussion in the meeting regarding the participation of everybody in the process of delimitation. All the parties present in the meeting have agreed to participate in this process.

The Prime Minister also emphasized the cooperation of all the stakeholders to take Jammu-Kashmir on the path of peace and prosperity. He said that Jammu-Kashmir is moving out of the vicious circle of violence and moving towards stability. New hope and new confidence have emerged among the people of Jammu-Kashmir.

The PM also said that we will have to work day and night to strengthen this trust and work together to improve this confidence. Today's meeting is an important step for strengthening the democracy and the development and prosperity of Jammu-Kashmir. I thank all the political parties for attending today's meeting.

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