What ‘Gujarat Model’?—Growth without Development—and with Socio-Political Polarisation

  title={What ‘Gujarat Model’?—Growth without Development—and with Socio-Political Polarisation},
  author={Christophe Jaffrelot},
  journal={South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies},
  pages={820 - 838}
  • C. Jaffrelot
  • Published 2 October 2015
  • Economics
  • South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies
As chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi claimed that his state was a ‘model’ of development. While his government achieved a remarkable growth rate, his public policies as well as his politics have been on par with growing inequalities. The collaboration between the state and the corporate sector—an old tradition in Gujarat—gained momentum under Modi, businessmen benefitting from low wages, acquiring land more quickly and at a better price, and obtaining more tax breaks, etc. Simultaneously… 

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