LSE Professor: Modi's Gujarat model is questionable
Gautam Appa, a professor at the London School of Economics, has decried the notion that Modi's leadership and vision has contributed to Gujarat's economic growth model, which has been the crux of his prime ministerial campaign.
In fact, the evidence just doesn't stack up, Appa, an author and a member of secular UK group Aawaz network, says. He cites statistics from Gujarat that show Modi is not at all the kind of "legistlative miracle worker" that his well-orchestrated campaign is representing him as.
The UK division of commentary and analysis website, "The Conversation," published his article in its entirety.
"For example, at 918 females per 1000 males in 2011, the gender imbalance was worse in Gujarat than the all-India average of 937 (and also worse than China’s average of 926)," he says. "Only four out of 21 Indian states perform worse than Gujarat in this regard. The reality on the ground was even worse as there were only 886 girls per 1000 boys under the age of six."