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The great land grab
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PTI Mango farmers at a protest meeting at Mithivirdi village, Bhavnagar, Gujarat on May 25, 2011.

The Gujarat “development” model depends on acquiring, often forcibly, huge tracts of land and making them available at below market prices to industries, destroying village economy and fraternity. By AJOY ASHIRWAD MAHAPRASHASTA in Gujarat

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This is clearly a biased article. I am from Kutch. Our Harijan community is the biggest beneficiary of the development in Kutch. Factories like welspun, AMD, various cement factories, ports like Mundra and Kandla have all generated vast amounts of employment. handicraft, construction, and transport industries have boomed directly benefiting us. Whilst I agree that fair price should be given for any compulsary purchases. This article gives a picture of doom and gloom in Gujarat.
from:  Valjibhai
Posted on: May 12, 2013 at 03:26 IST
Modi embraces corporates and wealthy and thinks very little about the poor.. The corporates in turn sing peans to him.. Any development which excludes the common man from its ambit is not advisable in a large democracy like India..Development has to be inclusive of all!!
from:  George M
Posted on: May 8, 2013 at 17:24 IST
Not surprised to see this article from a marxist magazine. These commies want people to live in abject poverty otherwise their ideology is of no use. Stopped even thinking of Frontline nowadays and wondering if it was still surviving till I saw a link on Twitter
from:  krishnan
Posted on: May 7, 2013 at 00:35 IST
@ravikumar: about your claim that there isn't an iota of evidence of Modi colluding with the corporates: remember the CAG report castigating the Modi government for giving undue benefits to industry houses like Adani and others?
from:  D N Mahto
Posted on: May 3, 2013 at 16:43 IST
@ravikumar -- a) ignorant of history that you are, you no idea that Left-ruled West Bengal was the first state to implement land reforms which empowered farmers. A Singur was only possible in West Bengal because farmers there are empowered enough and know the true value of land and the livelihoods tied to it. so is the state in Kerala which happens to have a better literacy rate and higher per capita income than Modi-ruled Gujarat. b)secondly, the people quoted in this report are from Gujarat AND the dissatisfaction with the Modi government is rising. So, so much for your claim Gujarat is better off than most states. @Samar i agree with you the situation is just as bad or worse in many states, no matter whether they are congress-ruled or BJP-ruled or Left-ruled. But the fact remains that there is no clamour for their chief ministers to be a prime ministerial candidate? if the failure of Gujarat and the other states is more or less similar why should we have 'Modi for prime minister'?
from:  Jignesh
Posted on: May 3, 2013 at 16:22 IST
Its sad state of affairs that the so called model of development in Gujarat excludes the poor . Malnourished ,pollution , very few new jobs created,less or no electricity for farmers and fewer children going to school .The ranking of Human development Index of Gujarat is at no 11 ,way below many other states in India. Percentage of poverty is high , Gujarat is at ranked at number 12,underweight children Gujarat ranks at number 15,vaccination coverage rank at 19,sex ratio at rank 11,infant mortality rate rank at 21...the list is long. So what exactly is development here? More farmers' land for cheap price for industrialists ?
from:  Omer
Posted on: May 2, 2013 at 16:50 IST
I think when we talk about progress in Gujarat, commies mistake it as
an endorsement of "land of milk and honey". No dear commies. Gujarat,
like any state has it's own set of problems. There are some novel
solutions, progress etc... but it is far from a complete state. But is
much much better than most of the other states.

Lets start with West-Bengal and commies 40 year (mis)rule!!! Oops. No
development, no progress, only rhetoric, right? What about China? The
three-gorges dam seems to be the most inclusive and democratic commy
model of development right?

Look at how the final para concludes that Modi colludes with
corporates and real-estate honchos, without an iota of evidence!!!

If this is an article about development/environment issues in Gujarat,
why does the author invoke "Hindutva" in the last para? Gujarat's
progress is clearly visible and so is the author's hatred for NaMo.
Probably for people like our "esteemed" author, Gujarat is not even
part of India!!!
from:  ravikumar
Posted on: May 2, 2013 at 15:04 IST
As if the 'development' model in congress ruled states and elsewhere in the world is any different
from:  Samar
Posted on: May 2, 2013 at 13:56 IST
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