Whose version of development ?

Yogi Adityanath has been appointed as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh by BJP because he is the best candidate available in the state. 

But best for what? Whose version of best? And what is best?

He is that kind of person whose controversy lists are way longer than his achievements. He has been accused of being involved in communal violence, instigating riots, communal hate speeches, defiling places of worship etc. I leave it up to you to find out more about him.

I am confused what ‘best’ they found in this person? Or the above were the kinds of best qualities they were looking for in a CM? Or that was one of the crucial criteria to be a CM? Well, I can’t make a conclusive statement about it now.

What about development?

Development is the only purpose of the party, they claimed. But what kind of development?

Is it not about promoting economic opportunities, political freedoms, social facilities, transparency guarantees, environmental sustainability and protective security etc?

And removing factors that limit individuals’ ability to function well? Removing limiting factors such as poverty, tyranny, poor economic opportunities, systematic social deprivation, neglect of public facilities, intolerance, and overactivity of repressive states etc?

Well, development is a highly contested subject matter, Adam Smith or Karl Marx or a middle approach? We won’t go there now.

But what kind of development can we expect from a person whose speeches and ideologies seem opposite to what we think as development or a developed state? While you keep fighting for per-capita income, per-capita hatred, per-capita reserved weapons (to be used during communal unrests), Bhutan is already focusing on Per-capita Happiness.

I don’t know what kind of development one should expect from Yogi Adityanath’s government, but there will be development. Their version of development. Their version of the best suitable candidate will deliver their version of development. What else do you expect? You should not be quick to judge.

In fact, you cannot draw a conclusion from a ‘Mann Ki Baat” though.

Wait and see what democracy will deliver.

Democracy in India! Or it is still a whitewashed tomb?



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