This will give you some idea about what Mr. Modi has accomplished in the years he has been Chief Minister of Gujarat, where we were located in Ahmedabad. He has been elected Chief Minister for four terms. The video will show you the varied economic and academic successes( from 11 to 42 academic institutions built.) during his tenure. He has been criticized that he has not focused as successfully on human development of his state. There is much work left to do in the area of poverty, sanitation, nutrition, education, and health care. But honestly, from my observations during our time in India, these problems seem universal throughout the country and not just in Gujarat.
Na Mo has held two international economic conferences in Gujarat as a Chief Minister establishing his international presence. We were in the city last winter when there was a huge to-do with traffic and police as international visitors came to meet Mr. Modi and see his work.
A dark cloud still hangs over Mr. Modi because of communal violence in 2002 against the Muslim population after a train full of Hindu pilgrims were consumed but a flash fire. Sadly there were several thousand Muslims who lost their lives in retaliation of the Hindus who were burned on the train. Mr. Modi was accused of at the least turning a blind eye to the carnage and to the worst being directly involved. But after all these years, the Supreme Court of India has if not declared him innocent has declared that there is no concrete evidence to implicate him in the violence. Many countries including the US have been concerned about this situation, and going so far as not to give him a visa to visit America. I don’t know whether he was involved or not. He was a beginning Chief Minister and maybe he was paralyzed with inaction to stop the riots. Only God knows. But for me, I take him at his word that he plans to be the Prime Minister for all Indians and not just the 80% of the country who are Hindu. India is the world’s largest democracy and freedom of religion is very important. As a Christian, I am concerned for the 24 million or 2.3% Indian Christians, especially with their current persecution throughout the Middle East. Mr. Modi was named to be on the list for Time Person of 2013.
Is he perfect? No. Is he a strong and visionary leader? Yes. Is he worthy to lead India into the 21% century? The incredible Indians will decide in the May 2014 election.