[Reader-list] Gujarat's secular development

Rajendra Bhat Uppinangadi rajen786uppinangady at gmail.com
Thu Jun 3 18:43:39 IST 2010

it is very fashionable to see an elected CM of democratically ruled state to
see Modi as dictator, and rake up Sohrabuddin "fake "  encounter, "genocide
' of riot victims as an excuse to bash the elcted representative,But moot
issue is what about that riotous act wherein 58 individuals died of burn
injuries, alive roasted in a train coach. / Why talk selectively about the
death of a particular group of followers of faith when police firing saw
much more deaths by bullet injuries and thus swiftly brought thew situation
under control. ?
Or is it that buddhadeb bhattacharya is some one special when a husband of
Priyanka Todi is killed he is above law, his administration is cleaner.? Is
he not a responsible CM duly elected by the voters of West bengal, or is he
also liable for similar expketives by Theesta and the baitors.? Why
Arundhathi Roy talks of human rights only when mamatha is on ascendency, but
not when naxalites support mamatha ?
And we talk of selective amnesia.!
love and regards,

On Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 3:33 PM, Bipin Trivedi <aliens at dataone.in> wrote:

> The Sachar Committee report indirectly challenges other states to emulate
> Gujarat chief minister's policy of secular development and ‘nationalise' it
> By Pravin Sheth
> http://www.ahmedabadmirror.com/article/59/20100527201005270359478766a84c375/Gujarat%E2%80%99s-secular-development.html
> In setting up the Sachar Committee, the UPA government had its own
> objectives. Contrary to the expectations of Chief Minister Narendra Modi's
> critics, the committee's comparative statewise statistics of parameters like
> education, employment and income of the Muslim population living in the
> country proves Gujarat is far ahead of other states, even those ruled by
> so-called secular parties.
> In terms of literacy, Muslims in Gujarat stood at 73.5% as compared to the
> national average of 59.1. The figure for urban males is 76, and 81 for those
> in rural areas as compared to the national average of 70 and 62 respectively
> in similar categories.
> The average literacy rate of Muslim women in urban Gujarat is five points
> higher than the national average, whereas those in rural Gujarat fare even
> better with a literacy rate of 57 per cent as compared to the national
> average of 43.
> A greater percentage of Muslims here have attained primary, secondary and
> higher-secondary level education. The national average is 60.9%. Muslim
> children in Gujarat are benefiting from equal opportunities to access
> secondary schooling as other children.
> Take other aspect of economic well-being of Muslims in Gujarat. Here also,
> the Sachar Committee dispels the myth.
> The report counters the propaganda that injustice is being done to the
> Muslim community in Gujarat
> The per month per capita income of Muslims in urban Gujarat is an average
> Rs 875 — more than the national average of Rs 804. In contrast, it is Rs 662
> in UP, Rs 748 in West Bengal, Rs 811 in Punjab, Rs 803 in Andhra Pradesh and
> Rs 837 in Karnataka.
> In rural Gujarat, the per capita monthly income of Muslims is 20-25% more
> than the Muslims living in rural areas of most other states. On an average,
> it comes to Rs 668 compared to the national average of Rs 553.
> In terms of Muslims living below poverty line, Gujarat improved from 54% in
> 1987-88 to 34% in 2004-2005, showing a healthy pace of improvement. Even in
> terms of share of Muslims in state employment, it is 5.4% in Gujarat while
> it is 2.1% in West Bengal, 3.2% in Delhi and 4.4% in Maharashtra.
> Overall, the total picture counters the propaganda that injustice is being
> done to Muslims in Gujarat. The Sachar Committee on educational condition
> clearly shows that the Muslims of Gujarat are progressing well in the field
> of education and economic well-being. They are well cared for. The facts on
> their economic conditions dispel similar myths about their being
> discriminated against or being denied equal opportunity.
> The fact is echoed by the Imam of Jama Masjid in Ahmedabad, who reportedly
> commented sometime back "Muslims have an opportunity to prosper in the
> peaceful environment that the Modi government has created. Modi has provided
> an atmosphere which is conducive for those who want to trade peacefully in
> Gujarat".
> The Sachar report indirectly challenges other states to emulate Modi's
> policy of secular development and ‘nationalise' it.
> Ironically, vociferous secularists are silent regarding the findings. They
> continue to focus on Modi-1 as branded during the 2002 carnage and
> Sohrabuddin encounter — a chief minister habitually noted to dishonour the
> rule of law, a friend of corporate magnets to the detriment of villagers and
> SEZ-affected disadvantaged.
> However, there is popularly a more accepted Modi-2 — a dynamic CM realising
> the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, the Special Investment Regions,
> port-based development, ‘Hopenhagen', BRTS, GDP, and much more.
> But the two Modis fail to merge as some anti-Modi ideologues refuse to
> discern the significant transformation in his leadership.
> Can Modi, hubris-free, demonstrate his transformation to abridge this
> perception-reality gap?
> Source Link:
> http://www.ahmedabadmirror.com/article/59/20100527201005270359478766a84c375/Gujarat%E2%80%99s-secular-development.html
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