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In the 2012 assembly elections 31% Muslims voted for BJP. Before this election, numerous Muslims have won on BJP ticket at all levels - Zila Parishad, Municipal Corporation and Panchayat. Salaya is on the western coast. Once upon a time, this area was famous for smuggling. It was one of the most neglected areas as far as economic and infrastructure development is concerned. It had no electricity, no roads. Modi brought in an ambitious coastal development plan. In that area, there are a lot of Muslim villages. You can see for yourself that the development activity in the region which has Muslim dominated villages.
However, in my view, a certain number of Muslim candidates winning elections are far less important than the economic development of Muslim community. When a certain number of Muslims or SCs win elections...Read more...
When we make a statement about young India and say that 65 per cent of Indian voters are below the age of 35, it becomes imperative to know the aspirations of these youths. And the aspirations of any Muslim youth are no different from those of the others belonging to any other faith. India has the largest aspirational middle-class in the world and the Muslims are very much a part of this. Muslims have always been in the minority in this country, even during almost 1000 years of Muslim rule in India.
Although Muslims are a minority community in India, the absolute number is so large that it cannot be neglected; at least when it comes to electoral mathematics. India is home to a whopping 180 million plus Muslims, which is second largest after Indonesia. Muslims in India have always carried the...Read more...
Whenever would-be prime ministerial candidates of the country for the 2014 elections is being discussed, it cannot be complete without mentioning Narendra Modi, who is, by far, way ahead of any other person across the political spectrum. It is also equally important to make an intellectual analysis as to why Modi, who took charge of a communally surcharged state being a non-starter as a politician in 2002, has reached this level of popularity across the country where no other politician has been able to reach.
You may hate him or you may like him but you cannot ignore him. The journey which Narendra Modi has covered - from being the most hated figure in 2002 to a probable prime ministerial candidate in 2014 - is astounding. Modi's approach has undoubtedly given him the status of a statesman and the architect of the Gujarat...Read more...
More about Zafar Sareshwala
Zafar Sareshwala is the CEO & MD of Parsoli Motors.
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