It should generally be considered a sign of maturity when political leaders fight over governments' performance and actually use data to back it up.
Sadly, it appears that also depends upon the individual maturity that the leaders in question display.
On September 23, BJP leaders Narendra Modi and Yashwant Sinha and the Congress' finance minister P Chidambaram did not exactly set shining examples.
Modi began the discussion, by declaring to an audience of adulatory NRIs that while the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance had left power having taken growth to 8.4 per cent, the Congress' United Progressive Alliance governments had sunk it to below 5 per cent.
His claim was misleading or based on outdated data at best; at worst it was plain wrong and deceptive.
Text: Mihir S Sharma, Business Standard