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The enigma called Modi

Gujarat CM Narendra Modi crafted a new innings to attract investments with yet another “Virbrant Gujarat” Global Investors Summit.

india Updated: Jan 14, 2009 00:21 IST
Shekhar Iyer

Gujarat CM Narendra Modi crafted a new innings to attract investments with yet another “Virbrant Gujarat” Global Investors Summit. If the figures are anything to go by, in these times of meltdown and depression, he was promised investments of around Rs 10 lakh crore. He could not have asked for more.

As testimonial to his credentials as a go-getter, Modi had Ratan Tata on one side and Mukesh Ambani on the other at the summit. A host of captains of industry were ensconed among the audience. There was the Prime Minister of Kenya with his Cabinet, the Foreign Minister of Singapore, and ministers from Uganda, Italy and Sri Lanka.

And everyone of them was upbeat about Modi. Tata described how Modi cleared the formalities related to the land needed for his Nano project in three days flat, paving the way for its relocation from a beleaguered site in West Bengal.

But what are Modi's own future plans as the BJP is engulfed in a fresh debate over its future leadership?

Even as a good section of BJP’s third-generation leaders have rated Modi as their best bet at the national level, he has steadfastly refused to answer queries about what he intends to do next. His standard response to the national level matters bothering the BJP has been silence, or at best, a smile.

At the investors’ summit , his address remained focused on his goals for Gujarat until 2011, when the next summit would be held. He wanted to see business booming along Gujarat's 1,600 km coastline.

That is the enigma called Narendra Modi. Does one call half a glass of water half empty or half full? Modi’s take: “It is half full of water and hall full of air.”