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Reading between the lines:

Reading between the lines:


The author of these tweets has often advised that his tweets should be read between the lines.  You may decide for yourself what the author is saying between the lines, to whom and towards what end.


Why have I put them here with my commentary?  Well, the author once wrote an article with the identical points and I asked in an RT what the definition of “good governance” was?  Upon which the author in his pique questioned my nationality without providing any basis for his subsequent assertions.  I am an Indian of course.



1.Debate on NaMo shd focus on right questions.He has proved himself to be an excellent administrator, good in implementation


The first duty of a government is to protect the life, liberty, and property of its citizens.  A little over 1000 people killed in riots in 2002 which lingered on for months.  Riot victims have not been rehabilitated.  Court orders to restore their properties have been ignored.


To frustrate the enquiries into the riots, the police force has been politicized, civil service has been split into rival camps, central services cadres have been sidelined in preference to more malleable officers from the State cadre, and statistics have been fudged to show higher agriculture and industrial growth.


But Modi, says B Raman, is an excellent administrator.  Good at implementing what?  Pogroms?



2.But is he a good thinker? What has been his contribution to policy-making—in the BJP & the nation.Is he a man of vision?


Relevant question no doubt.  But the real question should be about his attitude to economic reforms. Is Modi a reformer?  Has he pushed reforms or has he concentrated power in his own hands?  Mere quick allotment of land for industrial projects is not reform.  It may be efficient administration but it is not letting go of controls and allowing market forces to work.


On the contrary, Modi has given primacy to old school disruptive politics rather than support reforms.  He has opposed FDI in retail, thwarted implementation of GST and has done nothing to dismantle controls at the State level.



3. What vision he has for India & region?BJP leaders tend to have a better understanding of national security issues, but they overfocus.


That is again a good question.  But what is being suggested here to Modi supporters is to shift the debate to vision statements about India, economic growth and development.  A shrewd suggestion but it needs to be asked why, if such a vision exists, it hasn’t been articulated yet.  I hope Modi will lay out his vision and we will have the opportunity to study it.



4.NaMo’s contribution to Guj development has been widely accepted & commended, but his success was due to BJP’s dominance of power in Guj


As many recent well argued articles and recent data show, Gujarat’s growth story has been hyped out of proportion.  Its actual growth rate in agriculture for instance was half of what the Govt claimed.  Even on overall growth, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, with an industrial base larger than Gujarat have chalked up higher growth.  So has Bihar though from a lower base.


The point here is, States large and small, well governed or not, ALL, repeats ALL, have done significantly better in the 2001-2010 decade than in the decade before.  It wasn’t just Gujarat, or Maharashtra or Tamil Nadu or Bihar.  And if all states have done well, why should good performance in Maharashtra or Tamil Nadu be attributed to reforms, but in Gujarat to Modi’s excellence as an administrator?  If all are doing well should we not attribute all good performance to reforms?  Why this special love for Modi but not the other CMs?



5.Post-2014, BJP is going to be one among equals at the Centre.It wld not have a dominant hold on policy-making & implementation


6. Inter-party compromises& accommodation will be necessary.Will NaMo be able to make them & yet be effective.Such issues need to be debated


Excellent point.  Can Modi be a consensus builder?  Can a leader, who so polarizes society, carry a diverse nation together on such divisive issues like economic reforms?  Can Modi implement FDI in retail?



1.Cong has been perceived as weak in natl security issues, but overall it has a better policy culture & a better quality of leadership.


2.Cong understands better inevitability & inexorability of compromises & accommodation.ABV did in BJP, but not others


3.On basis of my limited knowledge & understanding, I feel RG has not been able to mobilise & galvanise.Time to give PG a chance.FINI


On the last 3 tweets I have nothing to say except to point to  the implicit acceptance of RG or PG’s claim to lead the Congress.  This “realist school of politics” accepts the “dynastic principle” as inevitable if not necessary.  Likewise, the realist school of politics also accepts the politics of “pogroms” of the sort we saw in 1984 or 2002 as an inevitable if not a necessary evil.


Try as I might, I can simply not accept either the necessity or the inevitability of either.  If we are to be democracy then we have to be seen to be  trying to live by its standards whatever the difficulty involved.  Else it becomes just another empty slogan.


Now if a normal person were to express these views they would be taken in stride.  Coming from somebody who was close to the heart of government, they are jarringly regressive.


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