Narendra Modi’s work in Gujarat speaks for him, while Arvind Kejriwal just speaks for himself

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I came across this article on Indian Exponent (read here) when a friend decided to tell me why I should not vote for Modi. However, just after reading first few lines, I decide that this needed a strong ‘factual’ rebuttal devoid of any bias. So I present to the readers a point-by-point rebuttal to the author Raghav Gakhar and why I WILL still vote for Narendra Modi in Loksabha 2014.

Before I even begin rebutting Raghav’s criticism point-by-point, I’d ask the reader to watch this video, where AAP’s key-leader speaks about Gujarat’s growth. This was before he joined AAP.

1. Tickets to Criminal Candidates

The figure of 57 criminal candidates is exaggerated. Most politicians (including His Holiness Shri Shri Kejriwal) has criminal cases against them. Most of the cases are political in nature. At no point am I defending fielding of criminal candidates, but we must not forget Indian Constitution/IPC which says “Innocent till proven Guilty”.

These media reports (ET Report, IndiaToday Report) highlight the criminal cases against Arvind Kejriwal himself. He had declared 9 cases against him in the affidavit with election commission. Clearly, these cases are of not serious nature, which is also the case with many “criminal” cases he quotes – without verifying the nature of them – which most times is political. Yes, there’re serious cases as well – but does he or his followers ever wait to check the difference?

2. The issue of “Riots”

Author needs to be well versed with history of Gujarat. Riots were a common practice every few years (and large scale at that). Since 2002, Gujarat has NOT witnessed large scale riots. There have been small skirmishes in some areas, with minimal damage to the public. The key point is that the state has seen a peaceful time over the past 12 years.

This HT Report may help in understanding that Gujarat were not the first riots to take place in India … or the last.

Table 1: Who ruled the state when more than 100 people died in riots -1967 onwards

Riots in India - Statistics

Who ruled the state when more than 100 people died in riots -1967 onwards

Most intellectuals have failed to highlight the fact that Gujarat has a history of Hindu-Muslim riots. Of the 17 riots mentioned in Table 1, nine took place under Congress/Allies rule, three under President’s Rule, four under other parties and one under BJP rule. President’s rule includes Kanpur and Bhopal, which could be included under BJP rule because party state governments were dismissed in the aftermath of the events of 6 December 1992. But barring Modi, no Chief Minister has ever been demonised for the communal riots that happened during their watch. (FP Report)

3. The issue of “RTI”

Gujarat Govt trained more than 3550 people on RTI (for effective use) including NGO’s in 2011-12 (last annual report), a government which ‘hounds’ RTI activists will surely not create more of them!

During 2011-12: 
– 5224 Applications recieved (3803 appeals and 1421 complaints)
– 2699 Applications disposed/resolved (1887 appeals and 812 complaints)
Overall RTI Rejection Rate: 2.56%

Reference: Gujarat Government RTI Annual Report 2012-13

We must remember that 49 days of ‘new age political rule’, the RTI applications bounced more than the Gabba pitch! So it is easier to preach than to practice. And regarding the killing of RTI activists, it is sad, and investigations are being done on full-scale. At the same time, we must not forget that the member-of-parliament in question is under arrest and case is being followed up by CBI, which is under central government.

At th same time, please look up the pending RTI numbers in other states and you will be able to put things in perspective (For example, 33ooo pending RTI requests in Uttar Pradesh)

4. Gujarat Lokayukta Act

Factually incorrect representation in the blog. Raghav is just repeating what Media has been ranting about without going into the merits of the case. Chief Minister CAN’T appoint Lokayukta without consultation.

5. Education Sector

Most Indian states do not introduce English in govt schools till as late as class 5, so expecting them to read / speak / write English language sentences within the first year of being introduced to language is wrong. He should instead look at School drop-out rates. Girl enrollment – and water and sanitation facilities in schools.

6. Tourism

Even if the tourism growth is 13% and not 16%, it is still a commendable achievement and much higher than the national average growth.

7. Automobile / Industry Claim

One needs to look at the incremental and spin-off impact on local industry of having Automobile majors in vicinity. Auto Components, Logistics, Employee Cities, Construction Sector are just few of the spin-offs that such a step can provide to the local economy. The author shows his complete lack of economic understanding when he talks of benefits extended in form of tax sops, but forgets the greater impact it will have on the local economy.

8. Village Electrification

The author needs to look at the village electrification criteria in 1996. Even of a light bulb was present in a village, it was considered as ‘electrified’. However, 100% rural electrification now means, 100% households in a village receive electricity. Going by the annual report in question, most of India is almost 100% electrified in 1996 itself. One needs to ‘Apni akal lagaao’ for such stats.

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As per one of the author’s stats, 85% of RURAL households in Gujarat have electricity, more than any other large state; and dependence on Kerosene has come down from 26% to 12%, thus saving huge subsidy expense of the govt. The ranking too has been used wrongly. Most rankings in India take Large and Small states separately specially because of the large urban belts in Small states.

9. Elections Voting Percentage

Since 1996, BJP has always managed more than 45% of votes in every election held. Getting this kind of vote share in a non-presidential form of democracy, is itself a miracle. Congress which has been ruling centre for the last 10 years has managed barely 26.5% of votes in 2004 and 28.6% in 2009. In fact never has a party in India (Centre) managed more than 50% votes, including 1984. This is how electoral system works.

10. Agricultural growth

Changing stating and end years can have a huge impact on the final stats. The author cleverly talks about the years when India faced a massive drought (2009-10) and entire country saw negative agri growth. However, Modi has always maintained that AVG growth in the last decade has been 10%. This article gives you the correct picture. And this is based on a study by ASSOCHAM and not Gujarat Govt. (ET Report)

Infact, Gujarat has become FOOD SURPLUS instead of FOOD DEFICIT within just 10 years

11. High Speed Wireless Broadband

Author would be well-served to think why the central government got such a prestigious project to their ENEMY NO.1 state? Does it have to do something with the plan / vision that the state has (Mind you, I say state and not CM). And comparing Gujarat with Goa is foolhardy (Goa is a really small state).

12. Solar Plant

Again something to do with the vision of the state. Why is Maharashtra /Haryana /Andhra Pradesh not on the solar map but Gujarat is. Simple, state governments get money allocated exclusively when they submit a plan for utilization. Money is released in several tranches which is utilization based. Gujarat has scored over any other state in the country regarding this.

Canal-Solar cell coverage: The author gets into such petty arguments that it’s idiocy is difficult to comprehend. Modi claims it is the world’s first such project over a canal, and even if one exists in California, over a pond, that does not take away from the engineering feat achieved by the government of Gujarat in replicating such a model, AT A MUCH LARGER SCALE.

13. Social Sector expenditure

Social sector expenditure as a percentage of GDP might be lower in Gujarat compared other large states, but the fact remains, that with leakages being plugged, that itself is causing more large-scale impact on the people in Gujarat. In addition, spending on Education, Health, Infrastructure, does a lot towards improving social strata of people than populist schemes. Uttar Pradesh for example, has a bigger social spending than Gujarat’s entire spending. However, we don’t even need to go in details to see the difference in lives of people in two states.

14. Poverty Line

It is not decided by State but by Planning commission. Rs 11 was the only criteria given by Centre to decide on the BPL families. However, Modi govt added several other criteria (such ownership of durables, educations, dependents etc.) to arrive at actual BPL numbers. This is just a media spin (as has been the case in the last 13 years) to make a mountain out of a molehill when it comes to Gujarat.

15. Twitter/Facebook Army

Abuse on twitter is something everyone has to live with. AAPtards is the new breed. AAptards are some of the most vile abusers I have come across on twitter. And does the author mean to say people like Kiran Bedi, VK Singh, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Gen Bakshi support/promote such abusers by being with BJP?? All these people on the very same social media have criticized BJP too when required.

16. Article 377

BJP has stated that it is against article 377 abolition. There is more to article 377 than just gay rights. Only those who have not read it properly can make such a claim. (It also comes into use in Male Rape cases and plays an important role in the criminal justice system).

17. Asaram Case

Gujarat was one of the first states which had taken action against illegal ashrams of Asaram. His son is in custody because of prompt action by Gujarat police. And whether author likes it or not, Asaram does have a huge following, and such cases need to be handled in a sensitive manner. “NO BJP LEADER” said that Asaram should not be arrested. Just that again, he should not be ‘declared a criminal before charges stick in court’ (Same law should be applied in the case of Tarun Tejpal also, for whom liberal heart cries because he is an ‘elite journalist’ in jail).

18. Criticism of Baba Ramdev and Subramanian Swamy

Author brings in his personal bias here rather than objective criticism.

19. Wikileaks / Juliane Assange

Those claims have never been made by Modi and it is some Modi fans who have attributed that statement to Julian Assange. Wikileaks did say that Modi is not corrupt. Communal – yes they said it, and so have many others. Does it make Modi non-corrupt or communal – NO. It is his actions over the past 13 years in power that make him non-corrupt or secular while dealing with his state. Who gives him that certificate – PUBLIC / SC / INVESTIGATION AGENCIES – It seems all three have done that (Atleast Gujarat public, Nation we will get to know in 2 months and 10 days time)

20. Other issues

Modi followers as Fake: It seems the author is unaware of how Internet works. ALL MAJOR ACCOUNTS – of political leaders, rock stars, celebrities – have active and real follower base of 45-50%. Rest all are spam accounts. 35% of Modi followers are fake; 28% of Tharoors followers are fake; So the numbers are evenly matched. Just as a reference, Justin Biebers ‘Beliebers’ form just 30% of ‘followers’ Rest all are fake.

21. BJP being transparent about funds

As per the current laws, it is transparent. If the laws change, they need to be more compliant. All parties will need to be compliant in the same way, else it will send out a wrong picture to the electorate. In addition, AAP, which claims to be the new age politics messiah, has itself been avoiding responding to Government and Court regarding its foreign funding (Including ford foundation funding for its core members). AAP too is open to corporate funding now, which it had been abusing till date. AAP till date doesn’t even have a PIO to attend to RTI requests. Have you even checked, how many RTI requests are pending with AAP till date? I shouldn’t even talk about the ridiculous and self-serving measures like internal-lokpal and convenience-based referendums.

22. Dow Chemicals

BJP did not let DOW escape, it was Congress. And this donation (of Rs 1 Lakh) being in public domain itself shows the authenticity of the donation …Transparency someone mentioned. Plus, had Raghav Gakhar bothered to check it wasn’t Dow Chemicals which was responsible for Bhopal Gas Tragedy, but Union Carbide. Bhopal Gas Tragedy occured in Dec 1984. And Union Carbide became a subsidy under Dow Chemicals in 2001. It’s like saying Tatas are responsible for the pollution caused by Jaguar cars a decade ago before the acquisition.

23. Historical References

Mohandas and Mohanlal was a slip of tongue. He never said Takshila was in Bihar. He said, during a speech in Bihar. “When we talk about education, two educational institutes come to mind, Takshila and Nalanda”. Never did he say that both are in Bihar. One was in Bihar and the other in present day Pakistan. Alexander coming upto Bihar was also not said by Modi, he read out a poem, which referred to ‘great sons of Ganga defeating Alexander…. resulting in his death’.

Narendra Modi for PM

One has to stoop really low, to consider such petty facts to make judgment on somebody’s capabilities. I’m not against Arvind Kejriwal, but making a comparison between “baaton ka sher” Kejriwal and “Karm-veer” Modi is childish. Arvind Kejriwal talks louder that doesn’t make him right – in the end, it only shows, that all he knows is to point fingers. But till date hasn’t shown the commitment to get down and do the dirty work that is required to run a country. Had his intentions were really honorable, he would have given his full attention to Delhi and fulfilled his commitments there. Instead he chose to present some BS argument, which only full-fledged AAPtards can digest – and resigned. Now, he wants to run the country? At least Modi, continuously and dedicatedly worked in Gujarat for 15 years, before deciding to take bigger responsibilities.

Narendra Modi’s work speaks for him while Arvind Kejriwal just speaks, a hell lot of nonsense . I will let him prove himself first, till then I’ll stick by Narendra Modi. India deserves mature leadership, not half-baked experiments.

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  • Raghav Gakhar

    This is Raghav Gakhar

    1. your 1st point is 57% criminal candidates in Gujarat , to be noted i never said 57% Criminals in Gujarat Cabinet . i said 57 Gujarat MLAs ,there is huge difference.

    2. The issue of Riots – Clarification :- India has since independence seen many Communal Riots,no doubt on that but i haven’t seen Congress saying that no riots happened in our tenure in Gujarat but i see Narendra Modi bashing Congress about 1984 and saying that there is no Riots in Gujarat ,the speech where Narendra modi was claiming that there is no riots in gujarat in past 12 years i have posted in my article. and you are welcome to tell me that Congress saying in our rule in Gujarat there were no riots .i just cleared what Modi claimed. and when you say that Riots happen everywhere it means Gujarat is like every other place in India.

    3.Gujarat has trained RTI Activists ? they don’t hound RTI Activists , for you i am attaching the links where RTI Activists are threatened in Gujarat apart from Murder of Amit Jethwa which i already mentioned. And when you claim that Gujarat has trained RTI activists ,kindly post your link also .

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/surat/Cops-take-RTI-activist-on-fast-to-hospital/articleshow/8349616.cms?referral=PM Cops take RTI activist on fast to Hospital.

    Villagers thrashed for using RTI ,Surat, Gujarat.. they exposed a housing Scam. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/surat/Villagers-thrashed-for-using-RTI/articleshow/7636570.cms?referral=PM

    RTI Activist Attacked in Porbandar ,Gujarat. http://ibnlive.in.com/news/rti-activist-attacked-in-porbander/162353-3.html

    Another RTI Activist assaulted,Rajkot. http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/another-rti-activist-assaulted-now-by-jetpur-nagarpalika-chief/840534/0

    Another RTI Activist attacked in city,Rajkot. In yet another incident of attack on Right to Information (RTI) Act applicant in Gujarat, Parshuram Kishanlal (48) was assaulted by four persons here on Wednesday. The victim, who was admitted in a local hospital for treatment, later filed a police complaint against four persons. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/rajkot/Another-RTI-applicant-attacked-in-city/articleshow/9915385.cms

    RTI Activists have always been targetted in Gujarat . http://www.dnaindia.com/india/comment-rti-activists-have-always-been-targetted-in-gujarat-1608315

    Read the above article clearly . ” Four RTI activisits have been butchered and six have escaped murder attempts, as authorities continue to wink at the culprits.”

    RTI Activist beaten and in COMA.Ahemadabad http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-12-03/ahmedabad/30471505_1_rti-activist-coma-sarpanch

    Man thrashed for Seeking info under RTI,village memka,Gujarat http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/Man-thrashed-for-seeking-info-under-RTI/articleshow/4738846.cms

    How many more proves you want ? i am not a google search expert but atleast i read , i gave my links for 15000 RTI pending which is very much the same , you said that RTI activists trained , ok i agree RTI activists trained then why so many attacked?

    Blind RTI Activist getting death threats http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Blind-RTI-crusader-gets-death-threats/articleshow/6703286.cms

    Now , if you say RTI activist are attacked everywhere ,then you are saying that Gujarat is like every other state in India.

    Talking about 49 days rule of AAP in Delhi, Independent surveys are saying that Corruption has gone down in Delhi .refer these both links -> http://www.hindustantimes.com/specials/coverage/myindia-myvote/chunk-ht-ui-myindiamyvote-countdownto2014/50-respondents-said-bribe-seeking-in-retail-reduced-during-aap-govt-survey/sp-article10-1191005.aspx

    half of the Delhi says Corruption Reduced in AAP govt http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2570546/Half-Delhi-thinks-AAP-lowered-corruption.html#ixzz2ulNnzuo8

    Now, tell me how many RTI activists attacked during Kejriwal’s 49 days and How many RTI pending During Kejriwal’s rule.

    Lastly,on this issue its good that You Compared Gujarat with Uttar Pradesh which has 33,000 RTI pending and Gujarat has 13,000 , it clearly tells that Gujarat is better then UP but not as good as developed Gujarat Claimed.

    5. what i was repeating ? i stated that Gujarat CM is insincere and wants whole of the power of Lokayukta under him ,thats why he was slammed by the Gujarat High Court and we cans see in 15 years what all Gujarat CM has done for Lokayukta.

    6. Even if Tourism is 13% but not 16% its commendable , a lie is a lie . if its 13% it should be told 13% not 16% , in particular this is known as fact fudging and making a lie so called truth.

    7. Many states have no English till Class 5th .. hahahha , here too you say that Gujarat is as same as other states and for your kind info the sex ratio in Gujarat is reduced , refer -> http://planningcommission.nic.in/data/datatable/2504/databook_182.pdf Sex ratio of Gujarat is decreasing . Gujarat has the worst record among all the states by leading the reduction in number of woman enrolment percentage into higher education. read page 317 of Ministry of Human Resources Developlment . http://mhrd.gov.in/sites/upload_files/mhrd/files/AR2011-12.pdf so, your claim that women is encouraged to study is busted.

    8.now ,coming back to your claim of Industries , man Small Scale Industries are suffering in Gujarat due to lack of interest of Govt and Corruption and no subsidies to them . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2tPalkKC6g <–

    Ceramic industry in Morbi is suffering losses to the tune of crores of rupees every day because of the shutdown since last Thursday. Around 1 lakh people may lose their jobs over the next two weeks if the strike continues, said sources.
    Around 600 ceramic units in and around Morbi stopped operations indefinitely in protest against the state government's failure to reduce the price of expensive natural gas supplied by the state-owned GSPC. The strike is already against the disparity in gas prices in Saurashtra and north Gujarat. This, after the units were forced to switch to expensive natural gas following a public interest litigation in the Gujarat high court over the pollution caused by cheaper coal gas. (The GSPC reduced gas prices the day the strike started, though it was rejected by the Ceramic Wall Tiles Association.) http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/Ceramic-strike-1-lakh-may-become-jobless-in-2-weeks/articleshow/26967203.cms

    Gujarat's small scale industries are suffering and now for all the so called your claims , read this http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/opinion/edit-page/Gujarat-Myth-and-reality/articleshow/14032015.cms this article explains that modi has done a good job but he still is behind many other states and hence claiming that Gujarat is the only state in India to give development is very funny, because Even Rajasthan is ahead of Gujarat in development.

    "First, about the rate of economic growth. During 1995-2000 and 2001-10, Gujarat increased its annual rate of growth from 8.01% to 8.68%. But so is the case with other major states such asAndhra Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. In fact, Gujarat was ranked second after Rajasthan (8.34%) in the first period and third afterUttarakhand (11.81%) and Haryana (8.95%) in the second period. What is remarkable, Bihar and Orissa, the two most backward and poverty-stricken states, have also shown growth pick up from 4.70% and 4.42% in the first period to 8.02% and 8.13% in the second period. Even smaller states like Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh have registered growth of 11.01% and 8.96%, respectively.

    During 2001-04, the rate of industrial growth for Gujarat was 3.95%, and during 2005-09, it was 12.65%. In isolation, this appears to be a phenomenal jump, but not so when compared to some other states. During these sub-periods, industrial growth for Orissa was 6.4% and 17.53%; forChhattisgarh 8.10% and 13.3%; and for Uttarakhand 18.84% and 11.63%. Thus, the hitherto industrially backward states have far surpassed Gujarat.

    In FDI, too, Gujarat has not been a leading state. During 2006-10, Gujarat signed MoUs worth Rs 5.35 lakh crore with potential of 6.47 lakh jobs. But Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu with Rs 4.20 lakh crore and Rs 1.63 lakh crore worth MoUs, expect about 8.63 lakh and 13.09 lakh jobs. To top it all, Chhattisgarh and Orissa have signed MoUs worth Rs 3.61 lakh crore and Rs 2.99 lakh crore more than Gujarat without much fanfare and Modi's much-hyped industrial summits.

    In the area of credit-deposit ratio, Gujarat is far behind other major states. In 2010, Gujarat's share in total deposits of the scheduled commercial banks was 4.70%, as against 5.42%, 6.20%, 6.34% and 26.60% for Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra, respectively. The share of Gujarat in total credit disbursed by these commercial banks was 4.22%; while the same for Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tami Nadu was 29.75%, 6.71% and 9.61% respectively.

    The amount of per capita deposit and per capita credit for Gujarat was Rs 37,174 and Rs 24,268; while for Tamil Nadu, it was Rs 42,580 and Rs 47,964; Karnataka Rs 49,598 and Rs 38,154; and Maharashtra Rs 1,10,183 and Rs 89,575. Even Kerala did better than Gujarat with Rs 43,890 and Rs 27,912.

    In terms of per capita income (PCI), in 2011, Gujarat ranked sixth among major states with PCI of Rs 63,996, after Haryana (Rs 92,327), Maharashtra, (Rs 83,471), Punjab (Rs 67,473), Tamil Nadu (Rs 72,993) and Uttara-khand (Rs 68,292).

    What about inclusive growth in Gujarat? Though Gujarat, with 31.8% people below the poverty line did better than Maharashtra and Karnataka, it still lagged behind Kerala, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana, where poverty levels were 19.7%, 20.9%, 22.9% and 24.1%, respectively.

    On three important social indicators, viz life expectancy at birth (LEB), mean years of schooling (MYS) and school life expectancy (SLE), Gujarat is far behind some other states. In Gujarat, the LEB during 2002-06 was 64.1 years and it ranked ninth among major Indian states. In the areas of MYS and SLE, during 2004-05, it ranked seventh and ninth, respectively. Kerala ranked first in all three indicators. Even Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka performed much better than Gujarat."

    9. as far as Agriculture goes,yes its remarkable that Gujarat has got from 7-9% ,no doubt in that but will you also see so many farmers and their families are dying ? 800 farmers have done suicide in past 10 years .. the land of Farmers have been given to Adani and Other Industrial purposed earlier the farmers used to get subsidy which they are not getting now ? i mean there must some reason behind why 800 farmers commit suicide . Again on agriculture issue you came to compare with Gujarat model and other state's models . man , if gujarat is developed why you have to make us feel that Gujarat is as same as any other state of India?

    read how investments from borrowing is turning bad and CAG blasts modi for this. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/slideshows/economy/8-holes-cag-picked-in-narendra-modis-gujarat-development-plan/average-return-on-investments/slideshow/19119192.cms

    10. WIMAX is not only in Gujarat and Goa. Interestingly , WIMAX the first urban state to get Broadband was Kerela, http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/bsnl-rolls-out-indias-first-urban-mobile-wimax-service/585229/ ,WIMAX is also in Punjab http://telecomtalk.info/bsnl-launches-wimax-broadband-services-in-punjab/23967/ Wimax is also in Maharashtra,and Andhra Pradesh . so stop saying that no other state in India doesnt have it. yes, i did not Compared Gujarat with Goa,the foolhardy was by you when you did not searched where all Wimax Broadband is there.

    11. Solar Plant – you say why Haryana,Maharashtra is not under Solar Plant . hahaha i am sure you had no knowledge of how many solar panels and solar projects we have in India(oh yes , i am mocking you but don't mind). World's largest Solar Plant to come in Maharashtra http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/world-s-largest-solar-project-to-come-up-in-maharashtra-111052000204_1.html and this plant is Started in May 2013 and its http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakri_solar_plant which is already started and generating the Energy.

    It's a kind request to read how many solar power plants india have . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_power_in_India You will know that AP,Rajasthan,Gujarat,Maharashtra and Haryana have solar power penals.

    12 Now these were the points , i am leaving the Twitter army of BJP and Congress or AAP . Well , i personally feel that BJP trolls are more violent ,now you can say AAPtards are more violent,no offence with that.

    13. Dual Nature of Subharamaniam Swamy- do you know Swamy ji Abused Vajpayee and called him womanizer and a drunk ? http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?205236 please read about the history of Swamy , he was the one responsible of falling of Vajpayee govt when he mixed with Sonia Gandhi . He mocked BJP As impotent ,Swamy accuses Vajpayee of Impotency http://m.rediff.com/news/1998/jul/20caver.htm and suddenly he has started loving BJP and RSS ,the man who said RSS Is disillusioned has started loving RSS ?" A disillusioned and dispirited RSS has set the ball rolling for mid-term general elections in which it hopes that the BJP will gain an absolute majority and implement the Hindutva agenda." THIS is an article written by Subharamaniam swamy . http://www.hindu.com/fline/fl1702/17020950.htm

    it was not a personal bias,but i love Vajpayee ji and i will always love him.

    14. Slip of Tongues of modi – Taxila is in Bihar and that Alexander had an encounter with the Biharis. http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/serial-gaffes-put-modi-on-back-foot/article1-1149613.aspx

    Article 370 is somehow restrictive to the rights of women. lol http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/narendra-modi-gaffe-on-article-370-stirs-hornets-nest/1/327968.html and i have many examples like that. guess you should do more research on modi .

    15. about the DOW chemicals , Congress and BJP both are responsible , both come together for stopping jan lokpal bill,both came together to make a new telengana state whereas BJP always opposed it ,On Section 370 Rajnath Singh made a u-turn ..

    Now you said Baaton ka sher and all that in last, i don't think that i should respond to that. i will just say All hail modi that he has brain washed so many innocents.

    • Rahul

      Hi Raghav,

      I see that you have indeed gone through my article, and it seems you did not like the fact that someone can have a contrarian view. Anyway, I respect your right to have an opinion and vote for anyone you want. I will be posting all the links you have asked for. (Wrt to mocking, I guess I will take it in my stride, and let the facts speak)

      Cheers!
      Rahul

      • Raghav Gakhar

        No offence mate , even if you post the link of RTI activists trained,that does not mean that RTI activists are safe in Gujarat ,they have been killed, butchered ,hounded and wrt to mocking you said a lot which was not required

        i quote you “One has to stoop really low, to consider such petty facts to make judgment on somebody& capabilities. I’m not against Arvind Kejriwal, but “making a comparison between baaton ka sher Kejriwal and ;Karm-veer Modi is childish”. Arvind Kejriwal talks louder that doesn’t make him right ; in the end, it only shows, that all he knows is to point fingers. But till date hasn’t shown the commitment to get down and do the dirty work that is required to run a country. Had his intentions were really honorable, he would have given his full attention to Delhi and fulfilled his commitments there. Instead he chose to present some BS argument, which only full-fledged AAPtards can digest and resigned. Now, he wants to run the country?”
        i havent said anything other then last line .

        you said ” making a comparison between baaton ka sher Kejriwal and ;Karm-veer Modi is childish” and all the time you were being childish because i never said the name of Kejriwal in my article”

        Please read a little more while you do a rebuttal. thanks and peace.

        • Anubhav

          Raghav, I didn’t read your article fully, and apologize if my question is already answered there. But can you give me a single state which has done better than Gujarat in *all* of the parameters you mentioned?

          Gujarat has done *better* than *most* of the states in *most* of your parameters. It is not a straight A+ student in all the subjects, but it is better than all when combined.

          • Raghav Gakhar

            i have clearly mentioned in the rebuttal of rahul’s article which all states are better then Gujarat and on which margin .. read –> defencelover.in/2014/03/09/rebuttal-to-the-questions-asked-on-facts-and-lies-reasons-i-will-not-vote-for-modi/

          • Joker

            Well, have you heard of a small state Kerala at the south most tip of the country?
            Well, we have a lot more ‘A’s than Gujarat..

        • Themask007

          Why aaptards think everyone other’s logics are childish??
          .
          Now you own the standard certificates with non-Corrupt ones.

        • DPPDazzle

          If RTI activists really are being butchered in Gujarat, why does Kejriwal need to offer ‘shraddhanjali’ to the RTI martyrs who are still alive?

    • Sai

      Since you vouch for them so much, I am asking you a straight-forward question- Do you vouch for their anti-national agenda too?
      AAP’s corruption.
      http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/lok-sabha-elections-2014/more-stories/AAP-ticket-for-ex-officer-who-reversed-Khemka-orders/articleshow/31864417.cms?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=timesofindia
      AAP website shows Kashmir in Pakistan(a good reason to investigate report that they are being funded by ISI. Their pro-separatist stance is well known but this is outrageous), part of Arunachal in China!
      http://zeenews.india.com/news/nation/now-aap-website-shows-kashmir-in-pakistan_917198.html
      AAP’ Pro-terrorist stance:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVcXbvTEDIU
      Raza Muzafar Bhat who resigned to protest death sentence of AFZAL GURU joins AAP
      http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/aam-aadmi-party-raja-muzaffar-bhat-rti-activist-farooq-abdullah/1/345987.html
      Their Pro-Maoist stance
      http://news.oneindia.in/bhubaneswar/most-wanted-maoist-leader-sabyasachi-panda-joins-aap-report-1405654-lse.html
      And ofcourse achieving what they want to achieve through violence
      http://udayavani.com/news/445307L15-%E0%B2%AE–%E0%B2%AC—%E0%B2%86%E0%B2%AA—%E0%B2%95-%E0%B2%B0-%E0%B2%AF%E0%B2%95%E0%B2%B0-%E0%B2%A4%E0%B2%B0–%E0%B2%A6-%E0%B2%A6–%E0%B2%A7%E0%B2%B2-.html
      This is a dangerous anti-national trend and is reason enough for me not to vote for Anti-national Aatankwadi Party(AAP)!

    • Sai

      Since you vouch for them so much, I am asking you a straight-forward question- Do you vouch for their anti-national agenda too?

  • Raghav Gakhar

    This is Raghav Gakhar

    1. your 1st point is 57% criminal candidates in Gujarat , to be noted i never said 57% Criminals in Gujarat Cabinet . i said 57 Gujarat MLAs ,there is huge difference.

    2. The issue of Riots – Clarification :- India has since independence seen many Communal Riots,no doubt on that but i haven’t seen Congress saying that no riots happened in our tenure in Gujarat but i see Narendra Modi bashing Congress about 1984 and saying that there is no Riots in Gujarat ,the speech where Narendra modi was claiming that there is no riots in gujarat in past 12 years i have posted in my article. and you are welcome to tell me that Congress saying in our rule in Gujarat there were no riots .i just cleared what Modi claimed. and when you say that Riots happen everywhere it means Gujarat is like every other place in India.

    3.Gujarat has trained RTI Activists ? they don’t hound RTI Activists , for you i am attaching the links where RTI Activists are threatened in Gujarat apart from Murder of Amit Jethwa which i already mentioned. And when you claim that Gujarat has trained RTI activists ,kindly post your link also .

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/surat/Cops-take-RTI-activist-on-fast-to-hospital/articleshow/8349616.cms?referral=PM Cops take RTI activist on fast to Hospital.

    Villagers thrashed for using RTI ,Surat, Gujarat.. they exposed a housing Scam. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/surat/Villagers-thrashed-for-using-RTI/articleshow/7636570.cms?referral=PM

    RTI Activist Attacked in Porbandar ,Gujarat. http://ibnlive.in.com/news/rti-activist-attacked-in-porbander/162353-3.html

    Another RTI Activist assaulted,Rajkot. http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/another-rti-activist-assaulted-now-by-jetpur-nagarpalika-chief/840534/0

    Another RTI Activist attacked in city,Rajkot. In yet another incident of attack on Right to Information (RTI) Act applicant in Gujarat, Parshuram Kishanlal (48) was assaulted by four persons here on Wednesday. The victim, who was admitted in a local hospital for treatment, later filed a police complaint against four persons. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/rajkot/Another-RTI-applicant-attacked-in-city/articleshow/9915385.cms

    RTI Activists have always been targetted in Gujarat . http://www.dnaindia.com/india/comment-rti-activists-have-always-been-targetted-in-gujarat-1608315

    Read the above article clearly . ” Four RTI activisits have been butchered and six have escaped murder attempts, as authorities continue to wink at the culprits.”

    RTI Activist beaten and in COMA.Ahemadabad http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-12-03/ahmedabad/30471505_1_rti-activist-coma-sarpanch

    Man thrashed for Seeking info under RTI,village memka,Gujarat http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/Man-thrashed-for-seeking-info-under-RTI/articleshow/4738846.cms

    How many more proves you want ? i am not a google search expert but atleast i read , i gave my links for 15000 RTI pending which is very much the same , you said that RTI activists trained , ok i agree RTI activists trained then why so many attacked?

    Blind RTI Activist getting death threats http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Blind-RTI-crusader-gets-death-threats/articleshow/6703286.cms

    Now , if you say RTI activist are attacked everywhere ,then you are saying that Gujarat is like every other state in India.

    Talking about 49 days rule of AAP in Delhi, Independent surveys are saying that Corruption has gone down in Delhi .refer these both links -> http://www.hindustantimes.com/specials/coverage/myindia-myvote/chunk-ht-ui-myindiamyvote-countdownto2014/50-respondents-said-bribe-seeking-in-retail-reduced-during-aap-govt-survey/sp-article10-1191005.aspx

    half of the Delhi says Corruption Reduced in AAP govt http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2570546/Half-Delhi-thinks-AAP-lowered-corruption.html#ixzz2ulNnzuo8

    Now, tell me how many RTI activists attacked during Kejriwal’s 49 days and How many RTI pending During Kejriwal’s rule.

    Lastly,on this issue its good that You Compared Gujarat with Uttar Pradesh which has 33,000 RTI pending and Gujarat has 13,000 , it clearly tells that Gujarat is better then UP but not as good as developed Gujarat Claimed.

    5. what i was repeating ? i stated that Gujarat CM is insincere and wants whole of the power of Lokayukta under him ,thats why he was slammed by the Gujarat High Court and we cans see in 15 years what all Gujarat CM has done for Lokayukta.

    6. Even if Tourism is 13% but not 16% its commendable , a lie is a lie . if its 13% it should be told 13% not 16% , in particular this is known as fact fudging and making a lie so called truth.

    7. Many states have no English till Class 5th .. hahahha , here too you say that Gujarat is as same as other states and for your kind info the sex ratio in Gujarat is reduced , refer -> http://planningcommission.nic.in/data/datatable/2504/databook_182.pdf Sex ratio of Gujarat is decreasing . Gujarat has the worst record among all the states by leading the reduction in number of woman enrolment percentage into higher education. read page 317 of Ministry of Human Resources Developlment . http://mhrd.gov.in/sites/upload_files/mhrd/files/AR2011-12.pdf so, your claim that women is encouraged to study is busted.

    8.now ,coming back to your claim of Industries , man Small Scale Industries are suffering in Gujarat due to lack of interest of Govt and Corruption and no subsidies to them . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2tPalkKC6g <–

    Ceramic industry in Morbi is suffering losses to the tune of crores of rupees every day because of the shutdown since last Thursday. Around 1 lakh people may lose their jobs over the next two weeks if the strike continues, said sources.
    Around 600 ceramic units in and around Morbi stopped operations indefinitely in protest against the state government's failure to reduce the price of expensive natural gas supplied by the state-owned GSPC. The strike is already against the disparity in gas prices in Saurashtra and north Gujarat. This, after the units were forced to switch to expensive natural gas following a public interest litigation in the Gujarat high court over the pollution caused by cheaper coal gas. (The GSPC reduced gas prices the day the strike started, though it was rejected by the Ceramic Wall Tiles Association.) http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/Ceramic-strike-1-lakh-may-become-jobless-in-2-weeks/articleshow/26967203.cms

    Gujarat's small scale industries are suffering and now for all the so called your claims , read this http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/opinion/edit-page/Gujarat-Myth-and-reality/articleshow/14032015.cms this article explains that modi has done a good job but he still is behind many other states and hence claiming that Gujarat is the only state in India to give development is very funny, because Even Rajasthan is ahead of Gujarat in development.

    "First, about the rate of economic growth. During 1995-2000 and 2001-10, Gujarat increased its annual rate of growth from 8.01% to 8.68%. But so is the case with other major states such asAndhra Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. In fact, Gujarat was ranked second after Rajasthan (8.34%) in the first period and third afterUttarakhand (11.81%) and Haryana (8.95%) in the second period. What is remarkable, Bihar and Orissa, the two most backward and poverty-stricken states, have also shown growth pick up from 4.70% and 4.42% in the first period to 8.02% and 8.13% in the second period. Even smaller states like Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh have registered growth of 11.01% and 8.96%, respectively.

    During 2001-04, the rate of industrial growth for Gujarat was 3.95%, and during 2005-09, it was 12.65%. In isolation, this appears to be a phenomenal jump, but not so when compared to some other states. During these sub-periods, industrial growth for Orissa was 6.4% and 17.53%; forChhattisgarh 8.10% and 13.3%; and for Uttarakhand 18.84% and 11.63%. Thus, the hitherto industrially backward states have far surpassed Gujarat.

    In FDI, too, Gujarat has not been a leading state. During 2006-10, Gujarat signed MoUs worth Rs 5.35 lakh crore with potential of 6.47 lakh jobs. But Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu with Rs 4.20 lakh crore and Rs 1.63 lakh crore worth MoUs, expect about 8.63 lakh and 13.09 lakh jobs. To top it all, Chhattisgarh and Orissa have signed MoUs worth Rs 3.61 lakh crore and Rs 2.99 lakh crore more than Gujarat without much fanfare and Modi's much-hyped industrial summits.

    In the area of credit-deposit ratio, Gujarat is far behind other major states. In 2010, Gujarat's share in total deposits of the scheduled commercial banks was 4.70%, as against 5.42%, 6.20%, 6.34% and 26.60% for Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra, respectively. The share of Gujarat in total credit disbursed by these commercial banks was 4.22%; while the same for Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tami Nadu was 29.75%, 6.71% and 9.61% respectively.

    The amount of per capita deposit and per capita credit for Gujarat was Rs 37,174 and Rs 24,268; while for Tamil Nadu, it was Rs 42,580 and Rs 47,964; Karnataka Rs 49,598 and Rs 38,154; and Maharashtra Rs 1,10,183 and Rs 89,575. Even Kerala did better than Gujarat with Rs 43,890 and Rs 27,912.

    In terms of per capita income (PCI), in 2011, Gujarat ranked sixth among major states with PCI of Rs 63,996, after Haryana (Rs 92,327), Maharashtra, (Rs 83,471), Punjab (Rs 67,473), Tamil Nadu (Rs 72,993) and Uttara-khand (Rs 68,292).

    What about inclusive growth in Gujarat? Though Gujarat, with 31.8% people below the poverty line did better than Maharashtra and Karnataka, it still lagged behind Kerala, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana, where poverty levels were 19.7%, 20.9%, 22.9% and 24.1%, respectively.

    On three important social indicators, viz life expectancy at birth (LEB), mean years of schooling (MYS) and school life expectancy (SLE), Gujarat is far behind some other states. In Gujarat, the LEB during 2002-06 was 64.1 years and it ranked ninth among major Indian states. In the areas of MYS and SLE, during 2004-05, it ranked seventh and ninth, respectively. Kerala ranked first in all three indicators. Even Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka performed much better than Gujarat."

    9. as far as Agriculture goes,yes its remarkable that Gujarat has got from 7-9% ,no doubt in that but will you also see so many farmers and their families are dying ? 800 farmers have done suicide in past 10 years .. the land of Farmers have been given to Adani and Other Industrial purposed earlier the farmers used to get subsidy which they are not getting now ? i mean there must some reason behind why 800 farmers commit suicide . Again on agriculture issue you came to compare with Gujarat model and other state's models . man , if gujarat is developed why you have to make us feel that Gujarat is as same as any other state of India?

    read how investments from borrowing is turning bad and CAG blasts modi for this. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/slideshows/economy/8-holes-cag-picked-in-narendra-modis-gujarat-development-plan/average-return-on-investments/slideshow/19119192.cms

    10. WIMAX is not only in Gujarat and Goa. Interestingly , WIMAX the first urban state to get Broadband was Kerela, http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/bsnl-rolls-out-indias-first-urban-mobile-wimax-service/585229/ ,WIMAX is also in Punjab http://telecomtalk.info/bsnl-launches-wimax-broadband-services-in-punjab/23967/ Wimax is also in Maharashtra,and Andhra Pradesh . so stop saying that no other state in India doesnt have it. yes, i did not Compared Gujarat with Goa,the foolhardy was by you when you did not searched where all Wimax Broadband is there.

    11. Solar Plant – you say why Haryana,Maharashtra is not under Solar Plant . hahaha i am sure you had no knowledge of how many solar panels and solar projects we have in India(oh yes , i am mocking you but don't mind). World's largest Solar Plant to come in Maharashtra http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/world-s-largest-solar-project-to-come-up-in-maharashtra-111052000204_1.html and this plant is Started in May 2013 and its http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakri_solar_plant which is already started and generating the Energy.

    It's a kind request to read how many solar power plants india have . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_power_in_India You will know that AP,Rajasthan,Gujarat,Maharashtra and Haryana have solar power penals.

    12 Now these were the points , i am leaving the Twitter army of BJP and Congress or AAP . Well , i personally feel that BJP trolls are more violent ,now you can say AAPtards are more violent,no offence with that.

    13. Dual Nature of Subharamaniam Swamy- do you know Swamy ji Abused Vajpayee and called him womanizer and a drunk ? http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?205236 please read about the history of Swamy , he was the one responsible of falling of Vajpayee govt when he mixed with Sonia Gandhi . He mocked BJP As impotent ,Swamy accuses Vajpayee of Impotency http://m.rediff.com/news/1998/jul/20caver.htm and suddenly he has started loving BJP and RSS ,the man who said RSS Is disillusioned has started loving RSS ?" A disillusioned and dispirited RSS has set the ball rolling for mid-term general elections in which it hopes that the BJP will gain an absolute majority and implement the Hindutva agenda." THIS is an article written by Subharamaniam swamy . http://www.hindu.com/fline/fl1702/17020950.htm

    it was not a personal bias,but i love Vajpayee ji and i will always love him.

    14. Slip of Tongues of modi – Taxila is in Bihar and that Alexander had an encounter with the Biharis. http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/serial-gaffes-put-modi-on-back-foot/article1-1149613.aspx

    Article 370 is somehow restrictive to the rights of women. lol http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/narendra-modi-gaffe-on-article-370-stirs-hornets-nest/1/327968.html and i have many examples like that. guess you should do more research on modi .

    15. about the DOW chemicals , Congress and BJP both are responsible , both come together for stopping jan lokpal bill,both came together to make a new telengana state whereas BJP always opposed it ,On Section 370 Rajnath Singh made a u-turn ..

    Now you said Baaton ka sher and all that in last, i don't think that i should respond to that. i will just say All hail modi that he has brain washed so many innocents.

  • Jignesh

    a gujrati knows better than what u have written….this time NO TO MODI

  • Anurag Singh

    Totally AGREE – NAMO – The Agent of Change…

  • Shekhar

    1) Dr Subramiyam Swami has been defending Asaram from quite a long time & there have been posters everywhere here in Pune !! ‘Jaago Hindu Jaago’2) Any inquiry in Gujarat will be needing CM’s permission, its not Jantantra , its Autocracy !
    3) CAG is a bigger department to slam Mr Modi than any of us.
    4) Neither this guy nor 90% of Modi supporters have visited Gujarat (as a matter of fact ) & last time I checked Google Street View is not there for 99.9% of India !
    5) One more BPL rate is $1.25 per day ! Is dollar value different in “so Developed” Gujarat ? or Modi goes to a Parallel Universe & states the figures & things from that dimension!!

    • Raghav Gakhar

      true

  • Sauvik Sarkhel

    very nicely written and aptly pointed out.

    While it’s very easy to talk about improving the system and bring a sea change from the outside what matters is the results when the power is given to you and Kejriwal fared very poorly in that. Modi is a proven performer and has strong administrative skills unlike Kejriwal who resigned at the first sign of trouble.

    We need a strong decision maker and a visionary like Modi to improve the current situation

  • Arun Singh

    Raghav Gakhar has relied upon the Hindustan Times report which cites the Transparency International survey conducted to claim that corruption went down by a whopping 50% during the brief AAP regime in Delhi. Sadly, the Transparency International clarified that no such survey was carried out during the period by them. Actually it was an effort orchestrated by Shazia Ilmi and she later gave a lame excuse trying to clarify her statement. The latest expose on You Tube of Kejriwal collaborating with Punya Prasoon Vajpayi to fool the middle class and 80% vote bank through some tall talks does give out the state of mind of AAP.

    • Raghav Gakhar

      if at all you will read that article , you will know that Anupama Jha who did that survey was also working for transparency international and resigned from there i never said transparency international nor does the article says transparency .. Shazia ilmi got little confused when she said that .Anupama jha was working with transparency international a few months back

  • guest

    Thanks, for a nicely written post, with correct facts and perspective.

  • Rahul

    Hi Raghav.

    I concede to you that Modi was wrong when he said that Gujarat tourism growth was double of National tourism growth rate. Infact it is almost 3 times!! Gujarat tourism has seen a growth of 13.6% in tourist arrivals whereas India has seen a growth of 4.3%!! Source is mentioned underneath.

    http://tourism.gov.in/writereaddata/CMSPagePicture/file/Primary%20Content/MR/FTAs/comparative%20figures2012.pdf

    http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/tourists-to-gujarat-expected-to-go-up-by-20–in-201314/1147597/

    Thanks for correcting me.

  • ThinkFreer

    What about Babu Bokhiria? Radadiya?

    • Raghav Gakhar

      they are manageable baggage as per Kiran Bedi.

  • Deepak Dhyani

    Do not miss the 11 seconds of the video in which YY is talking about Gujrat Development!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFDgyXfabxM

  • Shantanu

    1) Its easy to look up the list of candidates facing criminal cases and find out what criminal cases are faced by them. In case of arvind kejriwal and AAP members 100% of these cases are filed by the govt. or BJP
    Cases against Kejriwal: defamation(nitin gadhakari, Reliance) or unlawful assembly(some of it from IAC days and the other from his protest in Delhi against Delhi police high handedness)
    Cases against BJP leaders: 23% of them face serious criminal cases of murder, rape! against a total of 41% candidates facing relatively minor cases of cheating,fraud and corruption.

    16) Sorry but you have rose tinted glasses on, point 16) is extremely weak given the long list of statements made against LGBT rights by BJP top shots. When it comes to BJP opposition to 377 is about religious nutjobs opposing gay rights.

  • Ritesh

    Mr. Raghav, I did not read your post after watching Yogendra Yadav’s video that you posted. I am not sure if you deliberately doctored the video by removing the first few sentences or you have not seen the full video yourself. I am providing you the link to the full video and request you to update the video. No point reading any further when the start itself is not credible. The link to more complete video is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFDgyXfabxM

  • AlpineNJ

    Modi is not perfect but better than all other prospects. Gujrat is no shangrila but at least its better than the gobar belt and north indian parasite states.

    India should be divided into many smaller nations – NE & kashmir going to China, North India gobar belt forming its own medieval state, and the rest -including guj, orissa, rajasthan, maha, and all south renamed as Bharat

    Bharat will prosper and be at par with China in 35-50 years

    Throw the caner out of India and see the progress.