Gujarat has capacity to create a niche for ‘Made in Gujarat’ goods in global economy, and build ‘Gujarat’ as a brand– Narendra Modi

Gujarat has the resources, location, entrepreneurship and leadership to become a global business destination – Prof Jagdish Sheth


Gandhinagar, Saturday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today asserted that the state has all the capacity and ability to create a niche for ‘Made in Gujarat’ goods in global economy as well as build ‘Gujarat’ as a brand.

Speaking at a lecture by international expert on marketing Prof Jagdish Sheth on the occasion of Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit-2013 at Mahatma Mandir, Mr. Modi said that Gujarat is situated at a strategic location where East meets West.

He said that the state took initiative in spreading Information Technology & Communication (ITC) around 2009 and connected 18,000-odd villages through broadband. In sharp contrast, the Centre could not do it for hardly 3,000 villages. Just as Gujarat has joined the world’s Ivy League of sorts in cracking cyber crime by establishing Forensic Science Library here, he said, Gujarat is now poised to embark on the next stage of Information Highway, onto the highway of human development.

Mr. Modi stressed on the need to take the Indian economy from being a ‘Market’ to become a part of ‘Market Economy’ for a win-win situation. He said that Gujarat is part of a ‘developing country’ but has the capacity to partner ‘developed countries’. The people of Gujarat already belong to the global community and have the global intellectual capacity to showcase its prowess.

Prof Jagdish Sheth said Gujarat has four plus points to compete in the global economic system, they being resources, location, entrepreneurship and leadership. These qualities could take Gujarat to eight advantageous situations: (1) to create a developed market from unorganized market, (2) to invest in business accounting infrastructure, (3) to attract the best domestic and global brains, (4) to develop a cosmopolitan culture, (5) to strengthen public-private partnership, (6) to set up world-class institutions, (7) to establish global mindset and international benchmarks, and (8) create its own positive image of ‘Gujarat’ as a brand.

He had a word of praise for the political stability, public-private partnership and good governance in Gujarat as has been put into practice by the Chief Minister for all round development of the state, marching onto the path of ‘inclusive growth’, according it more importance than economic growth.

Prof Sheth dwelt on what would be the socio-economic equations and what roles the Chinese, Indian and American economies would play in this competitive world by 2020. He said that China and India would transform themselves as the leaders of emerging economy in the form of ‘CHINDIA RISING’.

He also predicted that India would grow faster after 2020 and China’s single-child policy would make it an ageing country thereby reducing its working population and slowing down its economy.

The lecture was followed by question-answer session.

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PM participates in Kullu Dussehra
October 05, 2022

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi participated in the Kullu Dussehra celebrations at the Dhalpur Ground of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh today.

The Prime Minister was welcomed and facilitated upon his arrival. This was followed by the arrival of Bhagwan Raghunath Ji and it marked the commencement of the Rath Yatra. A huge crowd had gathered at the occasion to welcome the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister walked to the main attraction with lakhs of other devotees and paid his tributes to Bhagwan Raghunath. The Prime Minister greeted everyone present on the occasion with folded hands and witnessed the divine Rath Yatra along with the grand assembly of the deities in the historic Kullu Dussehra celebrations. A historic occasion, this was the first time ever that the Prime Minister of India had participated in the Kullu Dussehra celebrations.

The International Kullu Dussehra Festival is to be celebrated from 5th to 11th October 2022 at Dhalpur Ground of Kullu. The festival is unique in the sense that it is the congregation of more than 300 Deities of the Valley. On the first day of the Festival, the Deities in their well-decorated palanquins pay their obeisance at the temple of the Chief Deity Bhagwan Raghunath Ji and then proceed to the Dhalpur Ground.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Shri Jai Ram Thakur, Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Shri Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar, Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting, Shri Anurag Thakur, and BJP State President, Shri Suresh Kumar Kashyap among others.

Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister had dedicated to the nation, AIIMS, Bilaspur. He also inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of multiple projects in Himachal Pradesh in Luhnu, Bilaspur.