BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's supporters have conceptualised a book that will demystify the Gujarat chief minister to young, first-time voters. In 14 chapters, the book will lay out Modi's views on different subjects, ranging from secularism and governance to agriculture and economics.
The book is part of Modi's many campaign initiatives to reach out to young voters in the 18-22 age group. Conceptualised by Citizens for Accountable Governance (CAG), the same organisation that initiated Modi's chai pe charcha, the 50-70 page book is called Moditva and is likely to be released on February 25 in the national capital. Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi and BJP leaders, Jaswant Singh and Subramanian Swamy, have composed the foreword for the book.
Each of the 14 chapters will begin with a famour Modi quote, followed by a detailed explanation and an example. For instance, the chapter on government's role in business will start with Modi famous words: "government has no business to be in business" before explaining that the government's role is that of a facilitator and not to create hurdle for investors.
The chapter on agriculture will start with his statement: "Farm to fiber, fiber to fabric, fabric to fashion, and fashion to foreign." His other notable statements to be included in the book are "per drop more crop" (to promotion canal and micro-irrigation), "mass production by masses" (manufacturing sector) and "minimum government, maximum governance" (on good governance). All these quotes were compiled before Modi's announcement as prime ministerial candidate.
CAG founder-member Siddharth Mazumdar said the number of pages in the book have been limited to 50-70 because of the young target audience i.e. less than 22 years, college-going, first time voter, etc. The book will be printed in English, Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Telugu and Kannada. "The English edition of the book will be priced below Rs 200 and the vernacular edition will be priced below Rs 100," said Mazumdar.