The Rise of Modi
Modi Favorite Among Youth, Rural Voters
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  • Rajdeep Sardesai

    If the economist has reservations about modi being the prime minister of india, then he certainly is the right man for india.

  • Jaldhar Vyas

    It is only surprising to those who have no clue about the realities of life in India today. My family have been urban since the 1920s and increasingly international today but whenever we return to India we make a pilgrimage to our ancestral village in Gujarat where the shrine of our patron Goddess is located. Previously this required taking a taxi to a desolate spot on the highway and then walking down a dirt track through the fields that vehicles cannot negotiate to actually reach the place. But the last time I was there, there was a paved road. The mayor who we visited after completing our rituals said there is now also twice daily bus service to the nearest town. He also proudly showed us the pipes that carry water to this perennially drought stricken place from the Narmada dam project (another bugbear of gentry liberals.) The mayor who is Congress attributed all of these improvements to Modi. In fact he said there isn’t one person in the whole village who wouldn’t vote BJP as long as Modi is its leader. And this is a place that has been solidly for Congress since 1947.

    From reading the MSM one might think he single-handedly invented political demagoguery but in fact all the factions in Indian politics have blood on their hands. The difference is that they have all kinds of schemes and lofty talk of uplift but only Modi has actually delivered. And this is why he is going to win no matter how uncool the Economist thinks he is.

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