Over the last few months, I have been terribly perplexed by both the fluff that has masqueraded as a discussion on the Gujarat model and the bewildering array of data that has been parsed endlessly and occasionally mangled.
In order to rectify this, I asked my bright young colleagues in HDFC Bank's research team - Tanvi Garg, Shivom Chakravarti and Rishi Shah - to put together a list of what they thought were the specific achievements of this governance model.
Here's what they thought and presented in the report "Modinomics: Reason to believe?" (HDFC Bank Research, May 22).
To start with, all three of them wanted to highlight reforms in Gujarat's power sector.
In terms of specifics, they liked the idea of separating the power feeder line to the rural households from the line that supplied (more subsidised power) for agriculture. This prevented the diversion of cheap power for household use, ensured better collection rates for power providers, and also improved the quality of power.
Rishi Shah emphasised the success of the policing of power theft with dedicated police stations for preventing pilferage. As a consequence, Gujarat's power tariff collection rates were close to 100 per cent.
Text: Abheek Barua
Images Courtesy: Narendra Modi's official site
The writer is with HDFC Bank. These views are personal