Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Modi to the rescue

So, is Narendra Modi a national hero for rescuing the Nano -- the car for the common man? The one lakh car? How does one feel about the fact that Ratan Tata, known to be one of the most honest businessmen in India, is sharing the stage with Narendra Modi, one of the most villified politicians by the educated elite (a crowd that ironically, Tata belongs to, although I have no idea if he ever vocally criticized Modi). Are we to forget Modi the communal evil now, since he has recently been exonorated from some communal carnage in the state? Is his new avatar the saviour of capitalism? Even his toughest critics will have to praise him for this move.

This story is as much about the Nano, capitalism and industry in India -- as much as it is about Narendra Modi, the good guy.

Mind boggling.

13 comments:

rossoneri said...

Even with all the communal stuff going on, his state is the best place in the country to do business. Makes us think, its something like China. You can complain all you want but they have their better sides.

mahima said...

yeah a friend of mine was posted in gujarat for over a month he was telling me its amazing what the place looks like. .

IR said...
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IR said...

its business nothing personal


modi has his fundamentals in place , if the tatas were so responsible they would not have in the first place messed up with singur , farmers were forced to give their land away for pittiance and when the left butchered people in nandigram , they kept quiet

modi is increasingly going to be come the poster boy of the hindu middle class ( for right or wrong , time will tell ) , his charisma works even in karnataka ,

mahima said...

truly. hes smart.. instead of remaining yet another leader who resorts to communal violence to remain relevant, hes decided to become this poster boy for the india success story.. makes it easier to reach that coveted throne in new delhi!

Dantedownunder said...

A small comment may be in order here. While it is true that the Nano deal went sour in West Bengal, it isn't the case that it needed rescuing. It remains an incredibly profitable venture for any state in India. The fact that Mamata Banerjee did not / (did not want to) understand this is quite a different matter(perhaps a study of counterexamples to evolution may help). Consequently Modi, comes across as an individual who is aware of the benefits of such a project to his state, and who has sufficient clout to keep moronic oppoosition leaders out of the way. However, do note that it is the sorry decision making abilities of some leaders which have made leaders making almost trivial judgements a rarity and as you suggest, possibly enough to make national heroes.

humanobserver said...

It is all about business. Some people will remember him as a good leader, while others will abhor him for his role in riots.

Nirvikar said...
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egg style said...

"... maybe we all are," says one federal agent in a reflective moment to another in Mississipi Burning, whilst discussing who's guilty.

He was making a point about wider social responsibility. But in strict judicial terms, there is no such thing as 'guilt by association', and justly so. Ratan Tata should be free to associate with Narendra Modi on an investment plan without eyebrows being raised.

Business is business. Dhanda chhe. Even before the Nano, the Tata Group has had several projects in Gujarat, the Tata family's place of origin. Tata Chem, for example, has something happening there, and it's certainly not creating industrial-scale Zyclone or anything.

Nor has Tata endorsed any industrial/engineering initiative (ask shareholders or engineers) to render inoperative (pardon the technical jargon) the advocacy of equity via the de-awe-ification of everything conceptually mouldable. If the Nano project succeeds in Gujarat, so be it.

Devanathan said...

What has this got to do with Modi's Communalism. Linking it and trying to prove a point seems strange. The TATAs did not criticize left for Nandigram either. Why is Modi the only unethical person for the Educated Elite Press (Not the people).

mahima said...

just find it ironic, thats all. but what is life without irony, right?

Anonymous said...

If Modi is wanting to be Yashoda Ma to Krishna Nano, who will be Sandeepan Rishi, the bigger influence?

1conoclast said...

Hi,

Just wanted to make a few points.

1. Gujarat has been prosperous from the time narendra modi was in his shorts. They're an industrious people. Gujarat is one of the 6 states that together contribute 50% of India's GDP. modi is just taking credit like the bjp tried during their failed "India Shining" campaign. If development on it's own won elections in India, Dr. Manmohan Singh will never lose, right?
2. Guess which the other state is among the illustrious 6? West Bengal!
3. The Tatas aren't above anything. Anyone who drives a Tata car will know that!!!
4. Please read this or the expanded one here.