Still more smoke and mirrors from the Gujarat model

The Chiranjeevi Yojana programme in Gujarat claims to reduce infant and maternal deaths in rural India by encouraging mothers to deliver in private hospitals.

The programme “received the Wall Street Journal Asian Innovation Award in 2006 and has been hailed by some as a model for wide adoption throughout India.”

Narendra Modi’s website has a page on the scheme (, which, it claims, was a “massive success.”

Not quite.

A Duke University study published in 2013 found the programme “has been unsuccessful, despite the investment of more than $25 million since 2005.”

The research team “found no statistically significant change in the probability of delivery in health care institutions, the probability of obstetric complications or the probability that physicians or nurses were present during childbirth.”

The researchers were “surprised to find, as well, that even among those who delivered at health care facilities there were no significant reductions in households’ out-of-pocket expenditures for deliveries.”

Research article from the Bulletin of the World Health Organization here:

Article titled “Maternal Health Program In India Failing To Deliver, Study Shows” on the website of the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, here:


via NR


“The Dangerous Compromises of a Harvard Professor”

Vijay Prashad on the candidature and allies of Sugata Bose, Trinamul Congress candidate from Jadavpur constituency.

Narendra Modi, a man with a massacre on his hands, is not the reasonable choice for India | The Guardian

Narendra Modi, a man with a massacre on his hands, is not the reasonable choice for India | Aditya Chakrabortty | The Guardian.

‘The standard apology for Modi comes in two parts. First, there is normally an acknowledgement that the chief minister of Gujarat bears some vague responsibility for the orgy of killing and rape that engulfed his state in 2002 – but, um, wasn’t that all a long time ago? And hasn’t he behaved himself since – or, as the FT put it yesterday, done his best to “downplay tensions” between Hindus and Muslims? This is followed by pointing to Gujarat’s rapid economic development and an appeal: shouldn’t the rest of India enjoy some Modinomics? Or, as Gurcharan Das, the former head of Procter & Gamble India, put it in a piece for the Times of India last weekend: “There will always be a trade-off in values at the ballot box and those who place secularism above demographic dividend are wrong and elitist.”

Given the enormity of the allegations against Modi, this is frankly pathetic.’


N. Ram: “We need to talk about this Manifesto”

What does the failure to present a serious Manifesto this time mean for the party that hopes to lead the next government?

The Sangh Parivar has a “well-known repertoire of core issues: the concept of Hindutva; the project of building a Ram Temple in Ayodhya (on the grave of the Babri Masjid); the abrogation of Article 370, which confers a special constitutional status on Jammu & Kashmir; coming up with a Uniform Civil Code; banning religious conversions, cow slaughter, and so forth.”

The author writes: “It would be naïve to think that the failure of the BJP to come up with a serious Manifesto in time…means the side-lining of core Hindutva in the event of the NDA forming the next government. Recent developments, including the Parivar’s highly communal campaign in Uttar Pradesh and Amit Shah’s inflammatory rhetoric are intimations that the BJP, the most prominent member of the family of Hindutva organisations, is not about to change its spots.”

Right on target.

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