Comments on: India’s Advani needs help on “money matters” Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: saira Tue, 22 Jul 2008 16:43:54 +0000 till now mr advani has seem to be very selfish as his main concern seems to be only prime minister his own regime as deputy prime minister he is focussing on privatisation and the policies followed that time has resulted increased inflation at this hour.When people are dying from poverty he is having his india shining program,and till now he didnt even given a single thought that at this inflation rate how much mid term elections can burden the country but he is only intrested in his PM post and saying that i dont understand money matters…while most of the corrouption cases were filed for nda govt members

By: Rajesh Fri, 20 Jun 2008 19:19:40 +0000 Unfortunately, the only thing Advani understands is Hindu fundamentalism restricting freedom of religion and thought within India. His time has come and gone.

India, however, should continue to elect leaders who are sophisticated, globally minded and who understand economics and global business structures.

India should continue to expand its infrastructures, roads, power supply (including going nuclear) and work closely with China in obtaining cheaper goods for all citizens. India should create a national highway from border to border going north-south and east-west that is the best in the world and wide enough for mass transit.

India should continue to build a more environmentally friendly country with cleaner air in the cities, controlling stray dogs and better transportation.

All this can be done if the government works with private sector and empowers the private sector rather than attempting to micromanage everything and failing. Less government is always better than more government control/involvement.

By: HN Thu, 12 Jun 2008 06:48:02 +0000 Ther only job Advani has held other than political posts is that of a film critic, if I am not mistaken. But, since 1991, the prime ministers have been anything but economists. Rao was more a polyglot and a foreign policy maven. Vajpayee, too was more of a foreign affairs expert, having been a foreign affairs minister earlier. He too, perhaps, wrote film criticism for the RSS mouthpiece. After that we had a humble farmer, Deve Gowda.

So, you are right on the leadership part. That is what counts, one can always find a minister for a portfolio.

As far the “non-western” model, I am not sure it is so much an iconoclastic turning away from western role models. It is more a seeking of a more inclusive way to grow economically that would account for the kind of disparities that are unique to India. The scale also matters. And, after his India Shining campaign run by lap-top touting poll strategists backfired to the BJP’s shock in 2004, Advani is looking to make sure that mistake is not repeated. So his repudiation for “western” model might have more direct link of the poll campaign of 2004.

By: Simon Denyer Wed, 04 Jun 2008 06:13:31 +0000 Good points. I think that because I have an economics degree I expect everyone to understand a little economics if they want to lead a country!
But perhaps what India needs most is good leadership.

I do think that he is right actually to be asking whether there are ways to tweak the economic model to take account of India’s special circumstances. Not to reject capitalism or restrict the private sector, but to look for ways for the state to revive the economy outside the cities.

By: SP Wed, 04 Jun 2008 05:59:36 +0000 I don’t think India can sway too far to the left from what the economies of the western world is doing. Its time we learn from what’s gone wrong in the western economies and correct them moving forward rather than come up with a unproven / untested economic strategy for India. India is growing leaps and bound and learning from others weakness is better than trying to reinvent the wheel

my 2 cents

By: Mahendra Tue, 03 Jun 2008 13:54:55 +0000 Mr. Advani is dynamic leader with strong will power, his comments on money matter shows that he is honest and does not hide his weakness from people of India unlike so called great leader Sonia Gandhi.

This is time for all of us to think for India not for party and I think BJP is the best option in all the political options available in India.

By: Kautilya Tue, 03 Jun 2008 13:50:47 +0000 For those of us who brag about India being a leader in “customized software solutions” for our clients around the world, it is probably time to build ourself a customized economic model that fits our social structure. There are wonderful examples of such models at grassroots levels from our neighborhood nondescript grocery stores to farmer’s markets.

The man in question was the Home Minister and Dy.Prime minister in the last government and how on god’s green earth did we not know that he did not understand economics back then. Last I heard, he is running for the Prime Minister post, not the Finance Minister. It is not wrong to admit that there are certain things that people don’t tend to comprehend completely. This question should not be through the lens of having the present “Finance” Prime Minister.