Apr 2 2014, 3:58pm CDT | by Forbes
Land Grabs and Progress in India
Regarding Gautam Adani’s use of special economic zones (Doing Big Business in Modi’s Gujarat): Today Kutch’s tourism is flourishing, its deserts are being put to use to generate sustainable solar energy and the high winds are being used to produce power. Mind you, the SEZ policy and its advent across India has largely become a legalized land-grabbing mechanism. While Adani perhaps may have unduly benefited from the allocations, it is not the only industrial group to have gained across the Indian economic landscape. Land prices in and across various parts of Mundra and other parts of Kutch have constantly risen, and urban centers today have much better infrastructure. POSTED BY DARSHAN PARIKH
Any idea what the total agricultural output of Mundra or Kutch was prior to 2002? Can you compare it with the total net benefit after Adani’s activities? Indeed, if someone is at a disadvantage as a result of society’s overall progress, proper steps must be taken to compensate them. But if and when it comes to choose one among today’s politicians, I’d vouch for Narendra Modi, not out of blind love but only because his net output to his people is many times higher than any other leader’s. POSTED BY VISHAL KOTHARI
Pollution is not something unique to Gujarat. Regarding land given to Adani at cheap rates and then Adani subleasing it to other government entities at very high rates: I think you have totally ignored the fact that it takes money to set up SEZs. Even the central government (that is ruled by the Congress Party) has given many such benefits and incentives in the form of tax holidays to SEZs. Who gave all those subsidies? Definitely not Modi. POSTED BY SATISH DUBEY
The laptop on which you typed your one-sided report was probably charged by the same power plant that you are against. It is this attitude that is against any progress in India and wants a substantial population to remain poor. At least Gujarat has 24/7 power. POSTED BY NIKHILESH JOSHI
Governments should let all businesses thrive, especially the small ones, which is the best way to keep an economy healthy. The worst businesses involve crony capitalism–what Gujarat and the rest of India is full of nowadays.
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