Updated: September 15, 2011 10:44 IST

U.S. report lauds Modi

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“Gujarat has become a key driver of India's economic growth”

Identifying Gujarat as perhaps the best example of effective governance and impressive development in India, a congressional report has showered praise on Chief Minister Narendra Modi, saying the State, under him, has become a key driver of national economic growth.

Gujarat's example is followed by Bihar and its Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, says the latest report of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) on India.

“Perhaps India's best example of effective governance and impressive development is found in Gujarat, where controversial Chief Minister Narendra Modi has streamlined economic processes, removing red tape and curtailing corruption in ways that have made the State a key driver of the national economic growth,” said the report.

An independent and bipartisan wing of Congress, the CRS prepares periodic reports on issues of interest to lawmakers.

The 94-page report was released by the CRS for U.S. lawmakers on September 1, a copy of which was made public by the Federation of American Scientists.

“Seeking to overcome the taint of his alleged complicity in 2002 riots, Mr. Modi has overseen heavy investment in modern roads and power infrastructure, and an annual growth of more than 11 per cent in recent years,” the CRS said.

Gujarat, the CRS said, had attracted major international investors such as General Motors and Mitsubishi and with only five per cent of the country's population, the State now accounted for more than one-fifth of India's exports.

After Gujarat, the report mentions Bihar as a model of good governance and says such examples may have inspired Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati to turn her focus on infrastructure and energy development in her State.

“Another positive example in 2011 has been Bihar, one of India's poorest States, where Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has won national attention through his considerable success in emphasising good governance over caste-based politics. He is credited with restoring law and order across much of the State, as well as overseeing infrastructure and educational improvements of direct benefit to common citizens' projects,” the report said.

It said Mr. Kumar's Janata Dal (United), in alliance with the BJP, won an overwhelming re-election majority in November 2010 State elections, and the examples set by Mr. Modi and Mr. Kumar might have inspired the popular leader of India's most populous State, Uttar Pradesh.

“Chief Minister Mayawati, who is widely believed to maintain national political ambitions and was at the forefront of a nascent ‘Third Front' in 2009, has shifted her own focus much more towards infrastructure projects such as road-building and improving the State's poor energy grid,” the report said.

The CRS also refers to the ongoing Telangana movement in Andhra Pradesh, and the new Trinamool Congress-Congress rule in West Bengal as its new Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee faces the task of repairing one of India's poorest States.

Modi's tweet

Reacting to the report, Mr. Modi said this was another recognition for six crore Gujaratis of the State.

He has tweeted: “Another recognition for 6 crore Gujaratis. U.S. report hails Guj's effective governance.”

“Jay Jay Garvi Guj [Hail, Hail Gujarat],” he further said.

In May 2005, Mr. Modi was denied visa by the U.S. after the 2002 post-Godhra riots.

The tone of the report indicates, that the writers of the report were not just forecasting, but also wanting Modi and BJP to have a bigger role, and Congress and UPA to have a lesser role to play in India's future, wonder why ? Is it that Modi takes better care of the interests of big business ?

from:  Grenville
Posted on: Sep 16, 2011 at 05:02 IST

Nitish kumar,should also be given credit in this forum to have saved people of bihar from jungle raj/gundaraj/ corrupt Laloo n family. In fact i consider him genius for having introduced a totally favorable governance in Bihar that let bihar to jump from the state with least GDP in 20 years of Laloo dynasty rule to state with 2nd highest GDP in his 5+ years of rule (next to Guj). Its also interesting to note that Bihar is already at 2nd spot and it has not even used properly its plan for Industrialization, Foreign investment and all high end grossing development plans as of now. Just imagine Bihar's future once Nitish starts with other developmental activities once he is done with much required reforms at grass root level.

from:  Amit
Posted on: Sep 16, 2011 at 02:32 IST

India and Indian can reach on remarkable post but why US is falling in his nation out of six person one person is living in poverty and ratio is increasing.Their certification having no means for us because we can feel our good and bad, we can feel our real growth and inflation.They need thorough analysis of themselves. Why they are going into deeper and deeper economical and financial crisis as well as moral too.

from:  Rehan
Posted on: Sep 15, 2011 at 19:59 IST

Now, why doesn't the US mind its own business and try to rejuvenate its wrecked economy? We all know that Narendra Modi is an able administrator and has led Gujarat to progress. The US will do well to just mind its business and we Indians will do well to just ignore the US in this issue. Was it not the same country which refused a visa to an elected representative of the people?

from:  Deepan
Posted on: Sep 15, 2011 at 19:47 IST

I am really impressed that Gujarat having only 5% of Indias population has made such a great impact.Not only other leaders but corporate managers should learn that Bureaucracy is such a waste of time! Many Indians have to go with a very lengthy process just for simple things.. Mr.Modi has done a appreciable task and kudos to Mr.Kumar to help in improving the state of Bihar towards clean and liveable place....

from:  Hariom Purbey
Posted on: Sep 15, 2011 at 14:27 IST

Just because Ford and other Amercican MNCs were accomodated in Gujarat suddenly US started pleasing Modi at the instance of pressure from their own home grown American MNCs. Though it must be admitted Modi has done extremely well from a Backward state of Gujarat to the forefront . No one can deny it. In TN , under DMK, all sort of loot and loot ,and terrible arrogance comes to the fore whereever DMK comes to power , Its happening right from Feb 1969 ,until now ie 2011 May. Under Jaya a hope is there in sight for the people.

from:  Krishna N
Posted on: Sep 15, 2011 at 13:38 IST

Most people in India know what is Modi. Mallika Sarabhai knows too. Even Anna Hazare revised his opinion about the administration in Gujarat after personal verification. Even the US govt once denied visa to Modi. Now, can we believe that the US is so naive as not to be able to perceive these things? My best guess is that the report is a manipulated plant by vested interests.
Rahul Gandhi never showed any qualities of leadership or enlightened thinking. His lack-lustre speech in the Parliament at the time of Anna Hazare's fast shows his calibre and immature thinking. Even that speech must have been written by somebody. He didn't say a word against corruption. With his govt steeped in corruption it is too much for him to aspire to to become the PM.

from:  Narasimha Rao Jakkamsetty
Posted on: Sep 15, 2011 at 13:35 IST

He may be giving good governance to Gujarat - but that alone cannot take away the blot of the 2002 communal riots. It should not be forgotten that it is the very same U.S. that has denied him entry in to Country. No other leader in post-independent India had to face this ignominy.

from:  Hariharan
Posted on: Sep 15, 2011 at 13:07 IST

There are many mistakes in this report.In 2010 crimes are increased in Bihar compared to past ten years.That one is recorded in Bihar police website. About Modi`s contribution in Gujarat prosperity.One thing we must remember from very beginning Gujarat is prosperous state.In middle age also Gujarat was rich Provence that is why Shivaji, great Maratha king, plundered Surat twice. Gujaratis are hard working people,very clear traders. Wherever they went they established themselves as successful tradersincluding Kenya, Ugnada and other parts of Africa. In U.S. they created monopoly in Motel business..Same story they repeated in England. Modi taken advantages of psyche of Gujarati people.I challenge to him rule on U.P and bring prosperity in that Provence.

from:  Ramesh Raghuvanshi
Posted on: Sep 15, 2011 at 12:45 IST

Okie .. Now US has touched a new bottom.It forgot all the human right violations that happened in the state and foregone the values it is expected to stand for to please it's big MNCs and ailing industry bodies..

from:  Rahul
Posted on: Sep 15, 2011 at 10:31 IST

The whole of India could also make equally impressive growth but unfortunately most of our politicians are focussed not on governance but on 1) amassing undeclared wealth through corrupt means and 2) perverting the system so that they can continue to be in power. Pity India.

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Sep 15, 2011 at 09:49 IST

The US report merely confirms what India observers have noted for years. Modi and Nitish have indeed administered excellently in comparison with their counter-parts in other Indian states. There is no excuse for CMs in other states for not replicating their methods. Their bad governance (euphemism for corruption) coupled with educated class apathy have contributed to the problems. One hopes that Modi and Nitish can grow out of regional roles and play strong roles on the national stage.

from:  EruD
Posted on: Sep 15, 2011 at 05:41 IST

There is no denying the fact that Gujarat's and Bihar's economy improved tremendously under the leadership of an excellent and result oriented CMs, who are well aware of efficienct and effective resource utilization. This fact is not tolerable to Congress.Hence they are framing one allegations after the other.Mere common sense is that people will pelt stones on ripe fruits and not kachaa ones.Congress right from inception has misruled the country under the leadership of undeserving PMs/MPs/ministers.Now the people have woken up and corrupt leaders are being identified at every place. Only when all the corrupt politicians are punished without exception and debarred from contesting the elections for ever,including impeachment,the country can prosper. By this action there will be no congress party in the conuntry.Gandhi's Satyagraha is now Asatyagraha.

from:  Dr.G.G.Rajan
Posted on: Sep 15, 2011 at 05:38 IST
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