Yeah…1st May was Gujarat’s 48Th birthday..It was the day when Gujarat and Maharashtra were separated from each other on the basis of language spoken in each region…Majority of Gujarati people were granted a new state Gujarat while majority Marathi-speaking Maharashtrian were given a new state Maharashtra…But still many Gujarati stay in Maharashtra and many Maharashtrian stay in Gujarat..These two communities have mixed together so well that it reminds of how sugar gets absorb in milk…

So I am feeling an immense pleasure in wishing Gujarat and Maharashtra a very happy birthday…

Our print & electronic media and pseudo-secularists have tried their level best to spoil the image of Gujarat and Gujarati after Godhra-riots…We, Gujarati, have been given the titles like Murderers, Hitlers, Merchants of death, Hindu fanatics etc etc…But Gujarat has silenced its critics by providing development, safety and a great infrastructure to education and industry areas…Following facts are surely worth mentioning about Gujarat…

1. Gujarat is one of the most prosperous states of the country, having a per-capita GDP 3.2 times India ’s average.

2. If it was a nation it would have been 67Th richest nation in the world above many European and Asian economies like China and Ukraine .

3. Gujarat holds many records in India for economic development: 20% of India ’s Industrial Output · 9% of India ’s Mineral Production· 22% of India ’s exports· 24% of India ’s textile production· 35% of India ’s pharmaceutical products· 51% of India ’s petrochemical production

4. The world’s largest ship breaking yard is in Gujarat near Bhavnagar at Alang.

5. Reliance Petroleum Limited, one of the group companies of Reliance Industries Limited founded by Dhirubhai Ambani operates the oil refinery at Jamnagar which is the world’s largest grass roots refineries .

6. Gujarat ranks first nationwide in gas-based thermal electricity generation with national market share of over 8% and second nationwide in nuclear electricity generation with national market share of over 1%.

7. Over 20% of the S&P CNX 500 conglomerates have corporate offices in Gujarat .

8. Gujarat is having the longest sea shore compared to any other Indian state

9. Gujarat is having the highest no. of operating airports in India (Total 12).

10. India ’s 16% of Investment are from Gujarat .

11. Ahmedabad – the commercial capital of Gujarat is the seventh largest city in India .

12. Surat is the fastest growing city in the world.

13. Gandhinagar is the Greenest Capital City in whole Asia .

14. Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad(IIMA) is Asia’s 1 st and world’s 45th ranked management college located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat .

15. Gujarat is the safest state as the Crime rate of it is 8.2 which is the least in India even after considering 2002 communal riots, stated by India Today 2005 report.

16. Gujarat is having least crime against women among all Indian states (excluding Goa).

17. Ahmedabad which is the seventh largest city in India is the lowest in crime rate among all Tier-I and Tier-II cities of India as per National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report.

18. Ahmedabad is ranked 2nd in Real Estate – Ahead of Bangalore,Chennai, Hyderabad , Mumbai & Delhi. 3rd in Policy Initiatives – Ahead of Bangalore , Chennai, Calcutta , Mumbai & Delhi. 4th in Manpower – Ahead of Bangalore ,Chennai, Mumbai & Delhi.

19. Last but not the least, Gujarat has NARENDRA MODI as its chief-minister.

We often do selective listening, and interpret things based on our likes/dislikes & pre-conceived opinions…During Godhra-riots, media’s role was surely questionable and biased…They did ignore the grave incident of Godhra which initiated the fire instead they unfairly focus on the post-Godhra incidents…So media’s intention was just to defame Gujarat and not to uphold the truth…

As I read it somewhere on someone’s blog, I also would surely like to ask following questions to our media:

1. Why does the same media which strives to cover up the bomb blasts of Delhi,Mumbai and Hyderabad, blows Godhra incidents out of proportion? Why the incident of 56 persons who were burnt alive in the train, is completely ignored?

2. How come the killings of 50,000 lives of kashmiri pandits can be just ignored? Even after these many years, 4 lakh kashmiri pandits are still staying in a refuge camp in a very pity situation..Loss of life is same for all cases, and the pain & destruction are unrecoverable for all..Why all these biases??

3. Why the Congress is NOT held responsible for Sikh riots, when its leader Rajiv Gandhi openly defended it by saying “When a big tree falls, the ground would be shaken”..

4. Nandigram riots in West Bengal were certainly a state-sponserd riots against the farmers by CPM(Communist party of India) activists but it never got media’s attention or media’s coverage..

6. M.F. Hussain, a famous painter of India, who has drawn some vulgar and naked paintings of Hindu God and Goddess, is welcomed by our electronic media and pseudo-secularists but the lady Taslima, who wrote about the insane & weird culture and tradition of Islam and tried to show the mirror to all the Muslim priests, has been kicked out of our country and has been given death threats(fatwas) all over the world??..Are Hindus too tolerant or are they too coward??

Is our media really credible and reliable??..It’s a big question to ask and it’s answer is simple NO..Anyways, we have shown the world that even if we were hit by earthquake, riots, floods etc we can still stand up, run and contribute India’s development..Hats off to Gujaratis !!! .. Hats off to Indians !!

Once again a very happy birthday to Gujarat and Maharashtra..Nobody can stop you from growing and flourishing…God bless you..

Soham

3 Responses to “Happy B’day Gujarat !!”

  1. Greatly composed Soham !!!
    Felt nostalgic after reading it …
    I was gonna write something on the same topic on my blog, but due to lack of knowledge (as you know my disinterest in politics) and also lack of my updates i felt I shouldnt write on this topic…But if I had the idea what should be written it would have been along these same lines as you posted ….

    Cheers ! Happy Bday Gujarat !!!

  2. Awesome information Soham! 🙂

    Liked reading it 🙂

  3. @Samy: Thanks man..

    @Nova: Thanks.I m glad that u liked reading it !!

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