Silence the Critics / Disarm Them !
Why does any mention of Gujarat Model of development , immediately invites a lot of critics ?
Why does it create an allergic reaction , even amongst other BJP-ruled states ? And certainly amongst BJP leaders from other states ?
Such allergy and criticism from Congress and its allies is quite understandable , but nothing to worry about
What Narendra Modi â and his staunch supporters , must ask themselves is :
â By making too much noise about Gujarat Model , are we rubbing it in too hard ?
Are we projecting ourselves as â holier â than â thou â ?
By endless repetition of Gujarat story are we alienating , even our ardent admirers ? â
An emphatic answer is , â YES â !
And this attitude spells bad â very bad â omen for NaMo and his campaign , over the weeks and months to come
It is high time NaMo and his team start declaring publicly :
â Gujarat Model is NOT perfect
Like any other state , we , in Gujarat too, have corruption / scams / murders / dowry-deaths / suicides of farmers and the jobless / land mafias / illegal mining / malnourished children / school drop-outs / communal tensions , etc
All that we are saying is that , we have less of these now than what we had 10 years ago â and , in many cases , less than in other states
We even know that we may never succeed in eliminating these problems completely
All that we are saying is that , we are acutely conscious of our limitations / shortcomings . We are ashamed of what we do have , and are working very hard to reduce these problems still further
We are open to any constructive criticism , while admitting that we are bound to have slipped-up , here and there
We welcome â from friends and foes â sharply-worded specific suggestions as to what we need to do going forward
We are eager to learn from experiences of other states in tackling the problems of governance â even from currently UPA-ruled states ! â
I believe , only such candidness on part of NaMo team can win friends and silence the critics
You need to win over millions of fence-sitters who are suspicious of your tall claims â even fed up of your trumpeting it endlessly !
Only way you can do so is by giving up your â High Moral Ground â ! By placing NaMo on a very tall pedestal , you will make it almost impossible for him to live up to the expectations that you are raising !
What is so terrible to admit that even Gods have feet of clay ?
A generous dash of humility will earn you , peopleâs respect â and their votes
â¢ hemen parekh ( 22 Sept. 2013 )