India is in a state of flux. Its institutions need urgent repair. Its bureaucracy has been lulled into inaction as more reports of corruption, which has eaten into the innards of governments at the Centre as well as in the states, come to light. The parliamentary logjam is threatening to derail governance. There is an increasingly growing section of society which believes that we need decisive leadership at the top, more than anything, to break through this period of stasis. And they invariably point to chief minister Narendra Modi’s so-called economic miracle in the state of Gujarat as an example of how strong leadership can bring about an economic and social transformation.
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Correction: This article has been updated with a correction. Ahmedabad is not the capital of Gujarat as stated earlier.
(This story appears in the 28 September, 2012 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)
Modi\'s development model is capitalist. It creates jobs and wealth. But inequities have widened rapidly in the last decade. Such a model is unsuitable on a national scale.on Sep 15, 2012
"Citizens praise him for the quality of infrastructure he has built in the capital city of Ahmedabad and elsewhere." Gandhinagar is the capital city. Reinforces my belief - everything that's written may not be true :)on Sep 14, 2012
Those who despise Mod is doing so, not on his quality of governance or development. It is obviously on the ideology that he stands for!on Sep 14, 2012
India would be really lucky if it gets a Prime Minister like Modi. And this is not only because of his development model in Gujrat but also his fearless approach and tough decision making.on Sep 13, 2012