India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was the chief minister of Gujarat for 13 years. His focus on economic growth and job creation came at the expense of allocating funds to the health care system. Photo: AFP India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was the chief minister of Gujarat for 13 years. His focus on economic growth and job creation came at the expense of allocating funds to the health care system. Photo: AFP
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was the chief minister of Gujarat for 13 years. His focus on economic growth and job creation came at the expense of allocating funds to the health care system. Photo: AFP

Could Narendra Modi’s ‘Gujarat model’ be to blame for the Indian state’s high coronavirus toll?

  • Modi was Gujarat’s chief minister for 13 years and cited his model for economic growth and job creation as a reason to elect him prime minister
  • But spending on health declined and the state now has India’s highest Covid-19 case-mortality ratio as it battles to cope with poor infrastructure and resources

Topic |   Coronavirus India
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was the chief minister of Gujarat for 13 years. His focus on economic growth and job creation came at the expense of allocating funds to the health care system. Photo: AFP India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was the chief minister of Gujarat for 13 years. His focus on economic growth and job creation came at the expense of allocating funds to the health care system. Photo: AFP
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was the chief minister of Gujarat for 13 years. His focus on economic growth and job creation came at the expense of allocating funds to the health care system. Photo: AFP
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