Bangalore International Centre had arranged a Talk on “Gujarat: Challenges of growth and justice” by Prof. Ashoke Chatterjee, Former Director, National Institute of Designs, Ahmedabad, on Monday, 22nd July, 2013 at 6:30 pm. The talk was moderated by Mr. Chiranjeev Singh, Former Addl. Chief Secretary, Govt. of Karnataka.
In a wide-ranging talk, Prof. Chatterjee analysed the developmental model of Gujarat and observed that while there were indeed spectacular achievements in the development of infrastructure, the growth pattern was heavily skewed in favour of the corporate sector. The emphasis on industrialization has been at the cost of other crucial human development indicators like health, education, sanitation, employment etc. in rural Gujarat. He also felt that the minorities have been ruthlessly suppressed during the post-Godhra period. His conclusion was that in a multi-ethnic, pluralistic society like India, the Gujarat model of development had very limited applicability.
During the interactive session, queries were raised whether Prof. Chatterjee ignored the significant developments which have taken place in Gujarat and whether he was looking at it with a coloured prism. Prof. Chatterjee explained that he lauded the remarkable achievements in certain sector, but could not approve of the neglect of certain crucial social and human development indicators.
Mr. Chiranjeev Singh moderated the discussion with his customary elegance and erudite observations.