Narendra modi on time's cover
The world wakes up to India's next Leader! 'Modi Means Business: But Can He Lead India' says the cover of TIME Magazine's Asian edition.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Narendra Modi on TIMEs CoverThe world wakes up to Indias next Leader! Modi Means Business: But Can He Lead Indiasays the cover of TIME Magazines Asian edition.An American weekly news magazine published since 1923, TIME is the worlds largestcirculation news weekly with a readership of 25 million, of which 20 million are in the US. Itslatest edition puts Modi in the erstwhile company of past Indian greats like MahatmaGandhi, Vallabhbhai Patel, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi - who also adorned its cover.Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat; has transformed Gujarat into a developmentalsuccess story appreciated the world over! TIME endorses this 10-year-long journey ofprogress - of the state becoming "Indias most industrialized and business-friendly territory".It further identifies the drivers of this success as "good planning - exactly what so much ofIndia lacks", and a leader with the "ability to get things done".Appreciating how Gujarat has "largely escaped the land conflicts and petty corruption thatoften paralyze growth elsewhere in the nation", the article talks of how "Modi has set aboutrevamping the States economy" leveraging on Gujarats natural advantages. Amongst theStates many strengths that the article mentions, is Gujarats being the only state in Indiawhere both big businesses and small farmers can expect 24 hours uninterrupted powersupply - with "the premium rates paid by big business used to subsidize rural electrification."Further examples include the establishment of a "streamlined bureaucracy", as well as theStates emergence as an Auto-hub over the last 10 years - with Gujarats auto industry Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2013 Page 1
growing "from one modest plant to an expected capacity of 700,000 cars in 2014".Praising Narendra Modi the person as well, TIME highlights how unlike many otherpoliticians, "Modi doesnt put his faith on display", having no religious icons in his office -which instead has only statues of his hero, Swami Vivekananda. It further points out how "ina country where nepotism and dynastic politics are the norm, Modis family is invisible."TIME acknowledges the public perception of Modi being seen as a "firm, no-nonsenseleader who will set the nation on a course of development that might finally put it on parwith China". Maybe its about time, the Indian Media takes a cue from Americas TIME -giving credit where it is due, and recognizing the winds of change as they flow by ...Listed below are sections from the article, copied verbatim:"Whats certain is that during his 10 years in power in Gujarat, the state has become Indiasmost industrialized and business-friendly territory, having largely escaped the land conflictsand petty corruption that often paralyze growth elsewhere in the nation.""Gujarats $85 billion economy may not be the largest in India, but it has prospered withoutthe benefit of natural resources, fertile farmland, a big population center like Mumbai or alucrative high-tech hub like Bangalore. Gujarats success, even Modis detractorsacknowledge, is a result of good planning - exactly what so much of India lacks.""But when others think of someone who can bring India out of the mire of chroniccorruption and inefficiency - of a firm, no-nonsense leader who will set the nation on acourse of development that might finally put it on par with China - they think of Modi.""Modi has set about revamping the states economy by attracting high-value manufacturingcompanies, whose bosses are now among his staunchest backers.""Modi took Gujarats natural advantages - its long coastline, nonunionized labor force and adevelopable land bank of thousands of acres - and added the streamlined bureaucracy andreliable electricity supply that big industry craves. Today Gujarat is the only state in Indiawhere both big businesses and small farmers can expect an uninterrupted power supply fornearly 24 hours a day, with the premium rates paid by big business used to subsidize ruralelectrification.""In 10 years, Gujarats auto industry has grown from one modest plant to an expected Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2013 Page 2
capacity of 700,000 cars in 2014, including billion-dollar investments announced last year byFord and Peugeot. "It is not luck," Modi says. "Its a carefully devised process."""His ability to get things done is in stark contrast to the Congress-led central government inNew Delhi.""In a recent opinion poll by the magazine India Today, 24% of those surveyed thought Modishould be the next Prime Minister; Rahul Gandhi polled 17%.""His successes at the state level - two re-elections with solid majorities and an unmatchedrecord on economic growth"Unlike many Indian politicians, though, Modi doesnt put his faith on display. There are noreligious icons in his office; the only adornments are two statues of his hero, the philosopherSwami Vivekananda.""In a country where nepotism and dynastic politics are the norm, Modis family (he is themiddle child of nine siblings) is invisible. One younger brother works in the stategovernment but "he has never come to my office in the last 10 years," Modi says. "This isthe discipline in my family, and I feel proud of it."For More Information about Narendra Modi on TIMEs Cover visithttp://www.vibrantgujarat.com/ Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2013 Page 3