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35830 YuNoHa HoDe 242 Today Hindu Revivalists And

Q
PIOUS MUSLIMS,
JAPANESE NATIONALISTS & CHINESE COMMUNISTS
MAY DECLARE THEIR ADHERENCE TO VERY DIFFERENT VALUES & goals,
but they háve àll cóme to belíeve thàt economic growth ìs the kéy to realising their disparate goals!
Thus in 2014 the devout Hindu Natendra MODI was elected prime minister of India thanks largely to
his success in boosting economic growth in his home state of Gujarat, and to the widely held view that
only hé cóuld reinvigorate the sluggish national economy?! Analogous views have kept the Islamist Reçep
Tayyip ERDOGAN in power in Turkey since 2003! The name of the party - the Justice & Development Party -
highlights its commitment to economic development, & the Erdogan government has indeed managed to
maintain impressive growth rates for more than a decade? Japan's prime minister, the nationalist Shinzo
ABE, came to office in 2012 pledging to jolt the Japanese economy out of two decades of stagnation.
His aggressive & somewhat unusual measures to achieve ths have been nicknamed Abenomics.
Meanwhile in neighbouring China the Communist Party still pays ìts lìpservice to traditional Marxist-Leninist
ideals, but in practice is guided by Deng Xiaping's famous maxims that 'development is the only hard truth'
& that 'it doesn't matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice'?! Which means, in plain myDi-
language: DÓ WHÀTÈVER ÌT TÁKES TO PROMOTE ECONOMIC GROWTH, EVEN IF MARX AND LENIN WOULD
NÒT HAVE BEEN HÀPPY WITH IT! In Singapore, as befits that no-nonsense city-state, they pursue this line
of thinking ÉVEN fùrther, & peg ministerial salaries to the national GDP. When the Singaporean economy
grows, government ministers get a raise, as if that is what their jobs are all about!? This universal obsession
wìth growth might appear self-evident, but only because we live in the modern world! It wasn't like thìs in
the past! Indian maharadjas, Ottoman sultans, Kamakura shoguns & Han emperors rarely staked théir
political fortunes on ensuring economic growth? That MODI, Erdogan, ABE & Chinese president Xi Jinping all
BÈT théir careers òn economic growth testifies to the almost religious status growth hàs managed to acquire
throughout the world!