Is India Really Looking for Gujarat Model? Gujarat Compared with Other States
After failing to come to the centre two times in a row, BJP is making all efforts to use the current anti-incumbency environment to its advantage with a strong leader who has an established vision for the country. Failing with India Shining campaign in 2004, and then failing to project strong leadership in 2009, this time BJP has put forward its Gujarat model of Development.
Will BJP be able to implement the Gujarat model all over India? Is it applicable all over India? Does India really need a Gujarat model?
When in past 10 years India had a governance full of corruption, Gujarat was marching ahead in development. Today Gujarat is arguably the most advanced state in India. Why arguably? Because the statistics say another story. From Human Development Index, to electricity, to transport network, Gujarat does only slightly better than the average of India.
The coming general elections in India are going to be different. It will not be a usual Congress led alliance VS BJP led alliance election. With the strong emergence of AAP and possible formation of third and fourth front, there can be unexpected results. In such scenario, BJP needs to come up with some new ideas, which can pull the crowd. Abolishing income tax and reservation based on economic condition could be some revolutionary ideas, which BJP has been already debating internally.
Gujarat Model and Human Development Index 
Opening the National Human Development Report of 2011 gives an unexpected insight of how various Indian states are doing compared to each other based on Human Development Index. Kerala and Delhi are the only states that shine in dark green sitting proudly in the High HDI group. Gujarat sits at the end of the Medium HDI group much below North East India (excluding Assam), Jammu and Kashmir and Haryana. For those who are unaware of HDI, it is a composite statistic of life expectancy, education, and income indices. Interestingly it was created by the Pakistani economist Mahbub ul Haq and the Indian economist Amartya Sen in 1990 and was published by the United Nations Development Programme. However, in the year 2011 report, the data of 2007-08 was used when Narendra Modi had only completed his 6-7 years in the office. Assuming that number takes at least 10 years to reflect, may be today the situation of Gujarat is much better.
Sex Ratio 
Census report of 2011 gives another discouraging picture of Gujarat when it comes to Sex Ratio. Gujarat is one of the very few states in India whose sex ratio has gone down compared to the census of 2001. While Kerala and Pondicherry are the only states/UT with favourable sex ratio, Gujarat lies much below with 918 females per 1000 males, which is even lower than the national average (940).
Coverage of Vaccination 
Coming to the Healthcare Sector, National Family Health Survey 3 Report gives another shocking image of Gujarat. NFHS-3 ranked states of India in order of percentage of children between 12-23 months of age who received all recommended vaccines. The report ranked Gujarat (45%) 19 out of 28 states, much below Jammu and Kashmir (67%), Haryana (65%), Odisha (52%), Tripura (50%), Chhattisgarh (49%), and Mizoram (46%) and only above the national average (44%). Tamil Nadu (81%) topped the chart and Nagaland (21%) came at the bottom. Although this is the latest report, but it was released in October 2007, which contains data from 2005-06. The situation of whole India must have changed by appreciable amount now and Gujarat might be doing much better.
Literacy Rate 
Going by the census report of 2011, Gujarat (79.3%) is placed at 12th position when it comes to Literacy rate falling behind states like Tamil Nadu (80.3%) and Maharashtra (83.2%). While Bihar ranked the least in the list at 63.8%, Kerala maintained the top position with 93.91%.
Electricity Usage 
Narendra Modi claims the meaning of Gujarat is 24/7 electricity. However, when it comes to electricity usage, 24/7 electricity claim is not helping much. Again in the census report of 2011 it was studied how many households are using electricity as the source of lighting. Union territories such as Lakshadweep (99.7%), Delhi (99.1%), Daman and Diu (99.1%), Chandigarh (98.4%) and Puducherry (97.7%) do extremely well to occupy the top five positions in the chart. Gujarat (90.4%) was ranked at 16th position below Punjab (96.6%), Tamil Nadu (93.4%), Andhra Pradesh (92.2%) and Haryana (90.5%). If Gujarat gets 24 hours electricity that means 9.6% of households in Gujarat do not get electricity at all.
Underweight Population 
There has been debates on malnourished women and children in Gujarat, when it comes to underweights, Gujarat falls below Indian average, only above the states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. Nearly 26.2% of men and 30.3% of women were found to be underweight. Punjab, Mizoram, Sikkim, Meghalaya topped the chart with least number of underweights, Punjab had only 2.2% of men and 2% women underweight. Measure DHS Demographic and Health Surveys published this report in September 2007 with the data from 2005-06. This is again an outdated report, and the condition in Gujarat must have improved and could be better than many other states.
Much can be commented on the development level of a state from its transport network. Unfortunately, Gujarat does not do well here as well. While length of the roads may depend on the area of the state (UP being at the top), we took road density (m/km2) for our comparison which positioned Gujarat at 21st position out of 28 states in India, above the states like Jammu and Kashmir and Sikkim which have difficult terrain. However, the data is unconfirmed and the source cannot be verified. For more information, click here.
Life Expectancy at Birth 
The figures from the 2011 Human Development Index Report by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) India puts Gujarat (69.4) slightly above the national average (68.9) on the scale of Life expectancy at birth. Much below Kerala (76.8), Punjab (74.5) , Haryana (72.9) and Tamil Nadu (72.4).
When it comes to nominal GDP then Gujarat displays great performance. Gujarat is one of the top five economies in India after Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu as per 2011-12 data.
Gujarat does have some of the first of its kind big projects in India that displays its economic strength; however, the numbers do not reflect it. Since much of the data is outdated, probably today’s Gujarat is really one of the best states in India. Nevertheless, those who want to argue on Gujarat model of development will question based on this data since these are the only latest figures. We are not anti BJP or pro any other party; please do not take this article as an attack on any politician or political party. We only believe that BJP must come up with more revolutionary ideas, like those listed at the beginning of the article, in their manifesto. Solely relying on Gujarat model might not give the desired results.
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 “Economic Survey 2011-12” (PDF). Union Budget & Economic Survey, Ministry of Finance, Government of India. pp. 310–311. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
 Population and Sex Ration by States (Excel)
 “National Family Health Survey 3 (2005-2006)”. National Family Health Survey. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
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 “Source of Lighting” (PDF). 2011 census of India. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
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 “Inequality-Adjusted Human Development Index for India’s States 2011”. (PDF) United Nations Development Programme. 2011. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
 GDP by states (PDF)
Government Changing Syllabus to Include Sikh History in India
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, most populous state in India, has announced inclusion of Sikh history in the state syllabus. Students of all schools under UP State Board will see the new chapters. The announcement came when Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath (BJP) was observing Sahibzada Diwas.
Why do we Observe Sahibzada Diwas?
Sahibzada Diwas marks the martyrdom of four ‘sahibzada’ (or sons) of Guru Gobind Singh (10th Sikh Guru) and his mother Mata Gujri. In the year 1705, Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb had ordered torturing of youngest sons of Guru Gobind Singh aged 5 and 8. He later executed the little sons by burying them alive into a wall. The reason for this act was that they refused to convert to Islam. Soon after this event Guru Gobind Singh’s mother, Mata Gujri also martyred her life under Aurangzeb’s captivity. The cause of her death is still unclear. Guru Gobind Singh’s other two sons martyred their life in the Battle of Chamkaur Sahib. Thus the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh had lost his whole family by 27th December. This is an important event in the Sikh history in India and UP Government is finally keen on observing Sahibzada Diwas every year.
Why UP Government is Changing the Syllabus?
Soon after the independence of India in 1947, the school education came under tight grip of far left and communists. Most of the Indian history in the recent past has been written by Romila Thapar and Irfan Habib. They have close ties with left wing ideology and Irfan Habib has delcared himself as Marxist. They wrote history text books by either phasing out sections of Indian history or diluting certain events. The motivation to soft alter the history has been to propagate left-wing/communist ideology. Historian Koenraad Elst once highlighted that Romila Thapar is comfortable neither in Sanskrit nor in Farsi language. The knowledge of these two languages is a must to understand India’s history.
In the recent years, various public opinions have gained momentum to rewrite Indian text books to include more content on Indian rulers and native ideas. Currently, Indian text books mainly teaches about foreign rulers of India such as Mughals and British.
With this announcement of inclusion of Sikh history in history text books, the government is bringing historical facts in mainstream.
27th December as Real Children’s Day
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also reached out to the Education Minister to declare Sahibzada Diwas as Children’s day. He further added that “The history of Sikh gurus will be a part of the syllabus. Apart from this, we should observe December 27 every year as Sahibzada Diwas in all schools. Today is the day to pay gratitude to the sons of the Guru and mother who martyred their lives for the motherland, country and religion.” Yogi Adityanath also said that “No society can move ahead if it forgets history. The Sikh society is known for its hard work. The Sikh gurus sacrificed their lives to defend the Hindu religion. The country will always remember this.”
Yogi Adityanath added that learning about the sacrifices by Sikh Gurus would inspire future generations to dedicate themselves into nation-building. He emphasized that we should make future generations realize that India and Indian culture was safe because of sacrifices of Sikhs.
What Should We Do On Sahibzada Diwas?
Sahibzada Diwas should be an important day for every Indian regardless of their region, culture or religion. On this day, we are in the Holiday mood as it falls right between Christmas and New Year’s eve. However, we should remember that a Guru and his entire family sacrificed their life for the well being of India and the idea of India.
On this day we can fast, do sewa (service), visit a nearby Gurudwara and sleep on the floor at night.
Nepal Hindu Rashtra: Time to Wrap Up Communism?
Nepal abolished the Constitutional Monarchy in May 2008 and declared itself as a Federal Democratic Republic. There was a new hope in Nepal as it was becoming world’s newest democracy even though it had dissolved the Hindu Rashtra. However, the democracy in Nepal immediately got into the tight grips of leftists and communists backed by China. It has been almost 12 years since monarchy was abolished in Nepal. Interestingly, the Himalayan country has already seen 11 Prime Ministers in this period. Thus, leaving the Nepalese people still yearning for good and stable governance.
Re-establish Hindu Rashtra
As the political instability is growing in Nepal, people are demonstrating concerns about the future of the country. In fact, Nepalese citizens are unhappy with frequent interference by China and India influencing its unstable communist regime. More voices are now growing in support of reinstating the Monarchy and declaring Nepal as world’s only Hindu Rashtra (which by default offers full religious freedom to other religious minorities as per Hindutva concept of Sarva Dharma Sama Bhava – all paths lead to one).
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal, Kamal Thapa said that if political parties do not recognize the seriousness of reinstating the monarchy, then the country will head for a period of darkness. “Recently, we’ve had high-ranking officials from India and China come to Nepal to try and solve problems within the ruling party,” he said. “We cannot let others dictate what we want to do.”
Communist Party All Set to Suppress Protests, By Force
Kamal Thapa has firmly demanded an all party meet to discuss reinstating of monarchy. Throughout the month of December, 2020 Nepal has seen anti communism protests across the country in support of reinstating the monarchy and Hindu Rashtra. Most importantly, the demand has become a nationwide mass people’s movement. So much so that the communist regime had to send a directive to 77 districts in 7 provinces. The directive suggests suppressing the protests by force. Nevertheless, Rashtriya Prajatantra Party and other royalist groups have ignored this threat from the communist regime. Protester groups have pledged to strengthen the protest in the coming weeks.
Nepal: Demonstration held in capital Kathmandu, demanding restoration of monarchy in the country. pic.twitter.com/TFjmKu9U9Z— ANI (@ANI) December 5, 2020
Role of China – Hope for Communism in Nepal
China’s ambassador to Nepal is known to have very close relationship with Nepalese Communist regime. In fact, She has been super effective in tilting Nepal’s posture towards its ideological partner, China. One of her greatest achievements in 2020 was artificially manufacturing a border conflict between Nepal and India. Consequently, souring relations between the two Hindu majority nations. In addition, she managed to silence Nepal’s communist government after China took one of Nepal’s border villages under its control. However, recent political turmoil in Nepal and a renewed demand for reinstating of Hindu Monarchy is showing that the situation is now out of Chinese hands
Role of India
Year 2020, was not a good year for India and Nepal relations. India was busy in controlling domestic Covid cases. On the other hand, China had launched an invasive campaign into Indian territory. In addition, India is always busy with Pakistan on its western borders. However, the surprise came to India when China was almost successful in creating a new border tension between India and Nepal.
Those who do not know about Indian government should note that the current ruling party in India finds itself ideologically opposite to communism. This further creates differences between the two countries.
Communist party in Nepal has blamed India for supporting the ongoing anti communism protests in Nepal. However, former advisor to Nepal’s PM has suggested there is no proof that India is fueling pro Monarchy, anti communism demand in Nepal.
Nevertheless, There are certain influencers in India who have, in their personal capacity, expressed support for reinstating the Hindu monarchy. Yogi Adityanath, who is the Chief Minister of an Indian state bordering Nepal, said in 2015 that Nepal should declare itself a Hindu Monarchy. Readers should note that in 2015 Yogi Adityanath was not the Chief Minister yet. However, today he is not only popular in south of Nepal, his popularity is growing in Nepal as well.
Will The World See the first Hindu Rashtra?
It is difficult to answer this question at this moment. However, Nepalese communist government could not resolve the political instability and in December 2020 Nepalese government dissolved the parliament. Nepal will see next elections in April – May 2021. Hopefully, the world will see Nepal’s 12th Prime Minister in 13 years or may be a Hindu King? Royalists and protester groups have expressed confidence in winning next elections. We have our eyes on Nepal for updates.
Humanity Endures During Coronavirus Pandemic
The world changed exponentially since the pandemic broke out. We changed too. Emotions are running high. We have learnt to take one day at a time and have stopped expecting changes to happen overnight.
“COVID19 is menacing the whole of humanity – and so the whole of humanity must fight back”
A clarion call from United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is a call to unity and solidarity. Already plagued by natural/manmade disasters and wars, many countries seem to bite the dust for want of resources in the fight against the virus. Warning each other against complacency is appreciable but never a blame game to cover up a dysfunctional response. Not all update themselves on the governments, new economic policies and R&D on Covid vaccine. Many we come across seem to be making wise individual choices. No matter how badly the tiers of government fail us, there will always be thousands of people working to make things better. Besides, finding reasons and faults on policies for the spread doesn’t help. A virulent strain of flu had managed to spread within a few months to the remotest corners of the world infecting half a billion people – more than a quarter of the human species in 1918 long before the current age of globalization.
Separating, alienating and forswearing the endless moments of contact that knit society together thrust us into frightening new realities. The good is still there. Social distancing is nothing but taking a step back to literally give breathing space to others. Going by news & views, we understand that amid concerns of rising numbers of positive cases in frustrating circumstances, acts of kindness and solidarity are burgeoning. Yes, it’s been extremely sad and sobering to watch this all unfold, but watching people share resources and supporting one another in every conceivable way has made us feel more connected to our local communities. Whether singing a song together out on balconies, getting groceries for the elderly or calling a friend to alleviate anxiety and fear, each one I know play a part and take comfort in a sense of togetherness. We are steadily aware of our limitations yet don’t hesitate to free our wells of compassion. Do we think twice and thrice to make an online contribution to save the lives of people we don’t know and will never know!
Sadly, it has taken an invisible virus to help us belive once again that we are strongest only when we have the welfare of others in our mind. Halfway through quarantine and self-isolation a phone call, a kind word, an opportunity to reach out, a breeze, bird calls, one good news and loss of a loved one, we are hit with the necessary humility and awe we ought to feel and appreciate just how beautiful our world is and precious life is.
Post pandemic recovery will be better and bigger if life goes on with this beautiful idea, of humility, inwardness – as an ethical relationship, for the sake of others. For better or for worse, we have learnt that one can’t be an island unto himself. Lives are intertwined and are bound together. We, humans produce more rubbish than any other species. The growth in the human population is part of the explanation, but cannot account for all of the extra rubbish, a result of haste and greed both which almost skinned humans of humanity.
Unity among countries must ensure that all countries are equipped to trace, isolate and treat people infected by COVID-19. Only a global effort can avoid the collapse of any country’s medical system. Sanctions that affect health care should never be imposed. Development in one part of the world should not rob another country of it’s resources. Humanity gains the upper hand over invisible predators through the sharing of reliable scientific information, global solidarity, vaccinations, antibiotics, improved hygiene and a much better medical infrastructure. Today,it doesn’t take too much to figure out that global sharing and caring is the best defense. The Jing Si aphorism, “Good actions require everyone’s cooperation. So let’s not cling to personal biases” holds good for all times.
Stories of good samaritans are aplenty. To know humanity is still alive and kicking and is at it’s best when united assures us that we’ll come out of this “abnormal” time with a new normal. In their own unique ways, humans respond to protect life and health and ensure respect for fellow beings. ‘single-nucleotide polymorphisms’ are no joke. From handing over meals, survial kits, medicines, home made masks to calling on an old couple across the street, everything is humanity in action and it is the power of this humanity – humane behaviour towards other humans – that we seek to celebrate, improve and increase, especially during crucial times. Remember “A person with a generous heart and compassion for all beings leads the most blessed life”.
With thousands of migrant workers taking it on their chin, vehicles filled with food and ration along highways reach the needy and stranded and canteens serve free food. Rays of sunshine! We see through hypocrisy and deceptions, hear excuses for inefficiency, inadequacy and inflexibility and within the tumult and uncertainty we are doing much, much better in life than we thought we can. Quietly. Kindly. Gently. Being able to spare a part of us to help someone live is worth being thankful for. ” Giving with an expectation for return brings misery”. May we give generously, but don’t guilt ourselves if we can’t. If we have nothing left to spare, let’s go slow and kind.
The world is being taught a lesson, the harder way. This lesson is not about rich and powerful versus poor and powerless but about leadership that treasure the common wealth and common good, above private greed and profit and above protecting the privileges of a handful elites.
None of us are actually going anywhere. Might as well stay. The conclusion we draw from this crisis is that all humans matter equally, that we need to give a hand, raise one another, flourish or perish together- no matter what our limitations are, we’re capable of a great deal. This virus backlash is nothing short of a fleeting lesson to all leaders about how sane, humane societies should function all the time. Those who regard themselves as wonderfully favored of leadership, power and pelf are called to do great things. Anything that constantly arise to cause conflicts or disunion must be questioned, criticized, denounced and judged.
Be it a forced contemplation of our mortality or a sudden urge of self denial or an awareness of the passage of time and life, this screeching halt is proof that humans are designed to be more productive when connected, even in isolation. So, not all hope is lost. The time has come when we must know for ourselves why we believe in humanity as we do.
“Do something good for somebody today; the people who are trying to make the world worst aren’t taking days off.”
Gestures to honor humanity are varied, aplenty. A flypast in India is a cruel joke on the already tumbling down economy and on the selfless humanitarians who spare nothing to reach out. We can only wish the trail of showered petals, if showered will guide the departing victims of COVID19. Flying past/over ground realities is a highly irresponsible act of governments. Also, a misuse and mismanagement of meagre resources.
Was it a premonition that urged saint Thiruvalluvar, celebrated Tamil poet and philosopher to get on with kural 578 which when translated into English goes as
” The world is theirs (Kings) who are able to show kindness, without injury to their affairs, (administration of Justice).
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