Originally Posted by Roger the Dodger
If find you more tolerant than the OP for sure. I am not saying focus on economic progress is wrong per se; I mean India's core problems are socio-economic in nature. I recently read somewhere that though the caste related issues have been "sorted" in "modern" India; when one actually looks at the figures, those employed in the better jobs are still the Brahmins, while the backward castes are given the worse, menial jobs. So creating steel & glass buildings in the metropolitans is a facade of progress if the real problems that lie below reveal a mentality that's as bad as racism. That's all I meant when I said focus on the real core issues such as education, women-empowerment, corruption in bureaucracy, etc before erecting buildings and bridges. Though I am not saying the latter is bad or not required. But the OP has taken Modi for a mascot to shape his own personal vendetta against other religions and "scums". India's greater than that!
Well, let's leave the OP's agrendas out of our discussion.
As you said, socio-economic problems. The two are connected. Many of the issues you mentioned are still prevalent even in urban India(as you point out), but it is undeniable that the severity of the issues is much much lesser than that in rural India. Economic growth helps in "urabanizing" rural India, which indirectly will help with the "real issues" that you mention.
I think you are mistaking economic development with infrastructural. The former includes the latter, but is not limited to that. It includes a lot about policies on encouraging business, foreign investments, trade, agriculture, creating SEZs etc. All points in which Modi has made a big difference during his period as Chief Minister(CM) of the state of Gujarat. An important example of which is that Gujarat now has the highest foreign investments of India(between 15-25% of the total, depending on the way you look at it).
Also, infrastructural growth is not limited to bridges and glass buildings in the big cities. It includes making roads for easy access in and out of the rural parts. (A past non-Modi example: Easy road access between Mumbai and Pune played a big role in making Pune into the flourishing city that it is now). Infrastructural growth is what facilitates bringing water and electricity to parts of India which doesn't have it. So, yes, this is extremely important and should be a first priority. Important examples of Modi in Gujarat woth mentioning is the Can-top solar power plant
, something that generates solar energy while preventing evaporation of very important rivers; Gujarat has the infrastructure to provide E-services to rural parts
, both of which are the only ones of its kind in India. Things like this on a national level will go a long way in solving all the problems you mention.
Modi-critics will say that Gujarat is lacking in so many areas(and many of their points are very true), but (irrespective of his stance on far-right Hindutva) nobody can deny that he got very important things done. And India needs someone like that.