Every word has a nuance. Every phrase enunciates something deep, even though it’s not always obvious. What then is Vibrant Gujarat? A verbal jingle? Or a brand mantra? Prime Minister Narendra Modi says it’s anything but these.
At an event that marked 20 years of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit in Science City, Ahmedabad, PM Modi, “Vibrant Gujarat is not just a branding event, but it’s an event of bonding. For the world, this successful summit may be a brand, but for me, it is a sign of a strong bond. This is the bond between me and 7 crore people of Gujarat.”
Vibrant Gujarat, he averred, stood for confidence, the means to elevate India’s standing in the world. “Not just the redevelopment of Gujarat, we were also thinking about its future, and Vibrant Gujarat Summit was made a primary medium for that. It became a medium to boost the self-confidence of Gujarat and make eye-to-eye contact with the world,” said the Prime Minister.
He also re-lived his days as the chief minister of Gujarat. At the time, he recalled, all he had was the unalloyed faith of people which, he believed, shut his detractors.
He was critical of the previous central governments, saying those in power would threaten foreign investors and prevent them from coming to Gujarat. “…Those who ran central govt earlier used to link Gujarat’s development with politics. Ministers of the then central government used to refuse to come to Vibrant Gujarat…they used to threaten foreign investors and tried to stop them from coming to Gujarat…even after so much of threatening, foreign investors came to Gujarat,” said PM Modi.