Did you know that after we got Independence, a British team studied all the states and found that Bihar was the best governed state with the best bureaucracy? That it went into decline after that is another story. But what was the Bihar Model at that time and does it have relevance on India today?
Till the early 1960s, India never thought it would be reliant in food production. Then the Green Revolution happened, surprising us all. One of the states that capitalized on that big time is Punjab. So is there a Punjab Model? That could be more relevant as India is still predominantly an agricultural nation.
Till 1995 (when the Shiv-Sena BJP took power in the State), Maharashtra led India in many categories and was the pride of the nation. Is there such a thing as the Maharashtra model?
Till SM Krishna’s term in Karnataka in 2004, even that State was doing pretty well. Is there a Karnataka Model? I’m sure there must be many models better than the current Gujarat Model. But eminent economist Nobel Laureate Bharat Ratna Amartya Sen touts the Kerala Model! Seriously?
Kerala has the highest trade union strike rate, literacy rate, female-male ratio, money order economy from the Gulf, per capita alcohol consumption and gold consumption. If there’s any state different from the rest of India in that regard, then you couldn’t have picked a better example.
But the biggest problem is that Communism is still alive and kicking in Kerala while it is almost dead in the rest of the world. And that’s what you want the rest of India to adopt?
When we got Independence, West Bengal and Kolkata were at the top of the heap. Today they are somewhere near the bottom. Care to explain why? Could have something to do with the long long Communist rule? Is that West Bengal Model better than the Gujarat Model too?
Image: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi at Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) parliamentary board meeting in New Delhi, Monday, July 8, 2013.
Source: Sunil Rajguru