Follow us:
 
PTI Photo
Vibrant Gujarat: Big Biz Honchos Line Up to Hail Modi

'A Leader Among Leaders and the King Among Kings'

Fresh from his impressive win in assembly polls, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today received a resounding endorsement from Indian and foreign industry bodies for his "grand vision" for development with Anil Ambani putting him in the league of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel.

Notwithstanding the divided public and political opinion about him, captains of Indian industry and businesses hailed in one voice his leadership qualities and the "Gujarat development model" as he wooed investors from 30 countries at his bi-annual showpiece event -- Vibrant Gujarat Summit, which got off to a start here today.



"Narendrabhai has the Arjuna-like clarity of vision. Narendrabhai literally is the lord of men, a leader among leaders and the king among kings," said Anil Ambani, chairman of ADAG group.

He went a step further when he put Modi in the league of Gandhi and Patel, the two most illustrious sons of Gujarat.

"Let me attempt to paint another picture: October 2, 1869, Porbandar, Gujarat - the birth of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the father of the nation; October 31, 1875, Nariyal, Gujarat - the birth of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India's man of steel; December 28, 1932, Chorwad, Gujarat - the birth of Dhirubhai Ambani, India's greatest entrepreneur; and September 17, 1950, Vadnagar, Gujarat - the birth of Narendra Modi," he said.

'Grand Vision and Determination'

Mukesh Ambani, his brother and Chairman of Reliance Industries, echoed his views, describing the chief minister as a "leader with grand vision and determination to translate that vision into reality".



"We began from Gujarat and we come back here again and again to invest. We have committed investment of Rs 100,000 crore in Gujarat. We will expand our operations in Gujarat in Jamnagar and Hazira," he said, adding Reliance was proud to be called a "Gujarati company". 

Ambani also committed further investment of Rs 500 crore in Pandit Dindayal Upadhayay Petroleum University.

'Unique in Providing Industry-Friendly Environment'

Present among a galaxy of business leaders at the event was Chairman Emeritus of the Tata group Ratan Tata, whose dream car Nano saw the light of the day in Gujarat's Sanand after a political turmoil forced him to pull out the project from West Bengal.

"Earlier, I had said that it would be stupid not to be in Gujarat... It was only stupid that apart from the Tata Chemicals investment made earlier we were not here. But now Tata group has committed to invest or has already invested Rs 34000 crore here," Tata said.

He hoped the state will continue to be "unique in providing industry-friendly environment".

'Gujarat model of growth in China'

Anand Mahindra, of Mahindra and Mahindra group, said, "Today people are talking about China model of development in Gujarat but day is not far when people will talk about Gujarat model of growth in China."

Industry lobby CII's president Adi Godrej of the Godrej group, congratulated Modi on his electoral victory and and noted, "Not only Gujarat is the fastest growing state in the country but its example is being emulated across many states."

'Stunning'

Effusive praise also poured in for Modi from beyond the Indian shores with UK India Business Council (UKIBC) chair Patricia Hewitt, whose country ended decade-long boycott of the state imposed in the aftermath of 2002 communal riots in October last year, lauding Gujarat for having maintained a near double-digit growth rate in the last 10 years which was more than that of China.

Ron Sommers, representing US India Business Council (USIBC) called Gujarat's progress "stunning".

"Progress of Gujarat is stunning. It has set a new benchmark not only in India but across other countries in the world because Chief Minister Narendra Modi has shown that progress trumps politics. Gujarat has achieved double digit growth because of stability and sustainability," he said. 

Chairman of the regional government of Astrakhan, a province in Russia, Konstantin Markelov congratulated Modi on his electoral success and wished him good luck for "victory at the national level".

Japanese Ambassador Takeshi Yagi, whose country is a partner in organising the summit, said the number of companies from that country operating in Gujarat had swelled manifold due to good infrastructure and abundant electricity.

"Gujarat is one of the key states along Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) and it has good road connectivity and abundance of power. 10 years ago there were only six companies in Gujarat from Japan whereas today we have 60 companies here," he said.

Yagi is attending the summit with a delegation of over 100 representatives from 75 companies.

Ambassador of Denmark Freddy Svane described as "among the best in the world" conditions of doing business in Gujarat.

UK High Commissioner to India James Bevan said, "Britain is back. Gujarat is great and so is Britain. Let us work together."

'Global Gateway to the Country'

With top industry leaders, captains of foreign businesses and envoys affirming faith in his leadership, Modi said Gujarat, which was once the gateway to the globe from India has now become the global gateway to the country.

"Once upon a time, Gujarat was the gateway to the globe from India. Now it is becoming the global gateway to India. We will make such a Gujarat that whole world will make it their home," he said.

"I reiterate that this event is not just about investments, it is not just about projects which give financial returns. It is about bringing positivity in the economic environment. It is about inducting togetherness in our socio-economic activities. It is about bringing global and local inclusiveness in our economic process," Modi said.

Pitching for making the people partners in progress, he deprecated economic models based on exploitation.

"History has repeatedly shown us that the economic models based on exploitation will not work. Even exploitation of markets is not going to help unless the people living in those markets are empowered, unless the local capacities to produce are improved, unless people are made partners in progress," he said.

"I reiterate that this event is not just about investments, it is not just about projects which give financial returns. It is about bringing positivity in the economic environment. It is about inducting togetherness in our socio-economic activities. It is about bringing global and local inclusiveness in our economic process," Modi said.

Pitching for making the people partners in progress, he deprecated economic models based on exploitation.

"History has repeatedly shown us that the economic models based on exploitation will not work. Even exploitation of markets is not going to help unless the people living in those markets are empowered, unless the local capacities to produce are improved, unless people are made partners in progress," he said.

Emerging story. Watch this space for updates as more details come in
Follow us on Twitter for all updates, like us on Facebook for important and fun stuff
Translate into:
© Copyright PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of any PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without their prior written consent.


Post a Comment
Share your thoughts
You are not logged in, please log in or register
Must See
Daily Mail
Digression

24/D-120
Jan 13, 2013
11:24 PM

"Actually I will take any praise by Ambani et al with a pinch of salt."

Does the person really matter ? If Ambani is replaced by someone XYZ,  you are still going to carry bag of salt with you anyway. After all, Ambani is not the first one to do so. You can believe and find solace in the stories by Fr. Cedric Prakash in TwoCircles.net on how poor Ahemadabad is and how they have built a huge wall to hide the miserable condition of poors.

Maha, NJ
23/D-83
Jan 13, 2013
04:04 PM

 Wow! This was just a news snippet and the Congress-Commie-JihadiJati-philes bootlickers are already in high dudgeon! Welcome to the Modi Derangement Syndrome, i.e., a mental condition brought about by the inability to accept that NaMo is currently India's best politician and most successful economic manager, and one of the few political leaders the world outside takes seriously. Follo0wing NaMo's triumphant hatrick and Vibrant Gujarat Summit, the conventional political class of India and its hangers on here on Outlook look very shabby, dispirited, and pathetic. Gujarat's economic success and its socio-economic progress is a stunning triumph. Some of our best economists, Panagariya, Bhagawati and DebRoy have been through the numbers and delivered the verdict. Gujarat's march to the future under Modi's stewardship has no parallel in the last several decades. We are looking at a transformational leader in the mould of Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy, K. Kamaraj, Anugraha Narayan Sinha, Biju Patnaik, BG Kher and others of the 1950s. The rotten establishment and its bootlickers can quake and fume all they want. Irrelevant.

d.anjaneyulu, chennai
22/D-78
Jan 13, 2013
02:46 PM

@The Irreverent Indian 11/D-25
What is this shit about business hinchos going embarassingly shrill with their praise for Modi. Modi is the best CM we have today. That's a fact. But, please don't turn this into a cult worship.

Yeah, I felt that too. And the suspect were usual one, Brother-Ambani.
Praise is good and he earned it, rest of it is pure chamcha-giri.
I do hope it does not go up in Modi's head, just as it went up in Nehru-Gandhi clan's.
I remember that 2004's so-called "tyag" very much.

Santosh Gairola, Hsinchu
21/D-66
Jan 13, 2013
11:57 AM

 >> " I mean she is what Irreverent refers as sickular without understandind anything. " - Saroja

What nonsense is this? Second time. I am a big admirer of Madhu Kishwar, from long back - even before she wrote anything about Modi. Get that fact engraved somewhere inside your head.

In my opinion, barring her tendency to go overboard with her narraative, she understands secularism better than all the jokers who wear it as a mask to hide their pro-Congress or pro-Muslim biases.

The Irreverent Indian
Online, India
20/D-58
Jan 13, 2013
11:12 AM

Saroja Mami,

[[A huge wall has been constructed just opposite the Summit venue so that no one can see the miserable conditions of the people who live in the slums there.]]

Why don't you try and convince the people thronging to the summit - that there are no beggars at railway stations in AP and Karnataka, and that a huge wall has been constructed outside the summit venue to block the attendees' views to slums?

Alakshyendra, Hyderabad
Order by

Order by

Order by

ABOUT US | CONTACT US | SUBSCRIBE | ADVERTISING RATES | COPYRIGHT & DISCLAIMER | COMMENTS POLICY

OUTLOOK TOPICS:    a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   
Or just type in a few initial letters of a topic: