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Gujarat - Non Indian State of India

posted 25 Mar 2012, 22:11 by olnf Admin   [ updated 25 Mar 2012, 22:45 ]

Author: Suparas Singhi

Gujarat – “Non Indian State of India”

16th May 2010, the day, I landed in Gujarat (to be specific – Vadodara) after nearly 14 hrs drive in Neeta Volvo from Aundh, Pune to appear for a job interview.

16th May 2012, I will be completing 24 months stay here in Gujarat.


The Land of the Legends, stands bordered by Pakistan and Rajasthan in the north east, Madhya Pradesh in the east, and Maharashtra and the Union territories of Diu, Daman, Dadra and Nagar Haveli in the south. The Arabian Sea borders the state both to the west and the south west.

The State took its name from the Gujjars, who ruled the area during the 700’s and 800’s. Stone Age settlements around Sabarmati and Mahi rivers indicate the same time as that of the Indus Valley Civilization while Harappan centres are also found at Lothal, Rampur, Amri and other places.

Rock Inscriptions in the Girnar Hills show that the Maurya Emperor Ashoka, extended his domain into Gujarat in about 250 BC. With its fall, the control of the region came under the Sakas or Scythians.

During the 900’s the Solanki Dynasty came to power and Gujarat reached its greatest extent.

Then followed a long period of Muslim rule. Ahmed I, the first independent Muslim ruler of Gujarat, found Ahmedabad in 1411. The Mughal Emperor Akbar conquered Malwa and Gujarat in 1570s.

In 1600’s, the Dutch, French, English and Portuguese had all established bases along the coast of the region.

The British East India Company set its first footsteps in Surat in 1818 and the State came in control of their rule.

Gujarat was divided into princely states. After the Indian Independence in 1947, all of Gujarat except Saurashtra and Kutchh became part of Bombay State until May 1, 1960, when the Government split Bombay state into the States of Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Ahmedabad became the chief city of the new State and housed the State Government Offices. They remained there until they were transferred to Gandhinagar in 1970.

Fact File
Area: 1,96,024 sq Km
Population: 6,03,83,628
Literacy Rate: 79.31%

*Source: Gujarat State portal –

What I knew**?

Gujarat, birthplace of Mr. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Father of India), the state which solely believed in Nonviolence, peace & prosperity. The state, rocked & shocked by earthquake with massive destruction of property and thousands of casualties.

Later, estranged and frayed between two religions, the riots that still sends shivers down the spine. The riots that left humanity way behind, barbarism was on loose everywhere. The goons on the loose and the heinous act in action were derailed only after 72 hours. The man made catastrophe had struck and loss of life and property was irreparable.

I too have witnessed two riots (short duration) when I was in Nagpur 2004 and Kathmandu 2001, those small incidents were enough to shake me. 72 hrs bloodshed... (just can’t even dare to imagine)!!!

What I saw***?

23 months time is a long duration and based on my personal experience, I take liberty to comment on VIBRANT Gujarat.

1) Gujarat is only state in India with double digit growth rate which is not even comparable with India (itself) and other Indian states. (State competing is Bihar – only after Nitish Kumar came in power)

2) CM who is loved by the entire Industrial community for his speedy thought process and lightning fast decision making.

3) Awesome road connectivity which will keep you spellbound. Roads free of potholes, ditches  and open man hole.

4) Only Indian state which has religiously implemented e-governance, which is superbly efficient. I don’t think even central government is that efficient.

5) Only state where CM personally resolves citizen’s problem/issues/complaints through CM online services.
6) Most of the government offices are equipped with advanced IT.

7) Unlimited continual power supply for both (Residential & Industrial) area.

8) SEZ & GIDC coming up with speed of light.

9) Well planned residential and Industrial Area.

10) India’s first Expressway from Vadodara to Ahmedabad (NE1).

11) Best of all, (officially) only dry state in India (The best and the very best reason why I love Gujarat). “Though there’s always, a black/parallel market but since it’s officially banned nobody will dare to come out drunk in public.”

12) Safe havens for every individual (male or female) 24 hrs. of the day.

13) Traffic system is quite a mess as nobody cares to oblige.

Though stained by media during 2002 riots and repeatedly alleging Mr. Narendra Modi as non secular, what I feel is that he is truly a businessman who is passionate about Gujarat and its prosperity. He is the one, who can truly change the face of India. He made Gujarat, Vibrant/Vivacious, a state with a soul.

That’s why I would term Gujarat – “Non Indian State of India” land of never ending opportunities.

(In Gujarat a state transport bus takes 1 minute 11 seconds to travel every single kilometre whereas in other states of India it takes 2 minutes 50 seconds)***

What I see***?

Present & Future will witness, Gujarat being led by true intelligent leader who have a vision and a mission. Mr. Narendra Modi knows what he wants to achieve for his Gujarat, our Gujarat.

I am in no way promoting Mr. Modi but there is no harm in praising the goodness of a true leader. A true leader guides and wants his follower to be beneficiary for each & every single decision he makes.

Mr. Narendra Modi is such one leader that INDIA needs. I am too selfish because I need him to lead India not only Gujarat. Not only me, but most of the youth of this county will like him to lead India with vision and mission.

The day he decided to campaign for Prime Minister Candidature, I will vote and my vote, our vote will matter the most.
We want a visionary leader and there is only one in India from Land of never ending Opportunities – Mr. Narendra Modi.

**Source: History books, newspaper, magazines, news channel, etc.
***Personal Experience and personal views. The article and the view expressed are not meant to hurt any community, society or government authority.