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Updated: December 1, 2011 00:18 IST

FDI in retail will bring back colonial oppression: Hazare

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Social activist Anna Hazare during a press conference in Ralegan Siddhi on Wednesday.
PTI Social activist Anna Hazare during a press conference in Ralegan Siddhi on Wednesday.

By bringing in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, the government wants the oppression of the colonial rule to return, social activist Anna Hazare said on Wednesday.

Questioning why Parliament was stuck in a logjam over the issue, Mr. Hazare said: “It is a democracy, and the government must consider the people's views.”

Raising doubts over the benefit to farmers, Mr. Hazare asked: “If you [the government] are concerned about the farmers, then why are they committing suicide?”

“Packages and FDI are not the answer to the farmers' problem. The foreign investors are not coming for social service,” he said.

‘Lokpal draft unacceptable'

Mr. Hazare stated that he would write to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanding a strong Lokpal Bill. “The sense of the House resolution had promised that the citizen's charter and the lower bureaucracy will be included in the Lokpal Bill,” he pointed out.

A diluted Lokpal Bill at the Centre would mean an even more watered down version of the Lokayukta Act in the States, Mr. Hazare said. “The government's intentions are not clean.” He reiterated his threat to relaunch an agitation on December 27. “After the andolan, I will tour the five poll-bound States and inform the people that the government is not ready to root out corruption,” he said.

Pointing out that non-inclusion of the lower bureaucracy and the judiciary in the Lokpal Bill would necessitate States to make a different Act for the purpose, he asked: “What is the need for this?”

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Seeing views of different public figures on FDI in recent days I am reminded of the story of the 7 blind men and the elephant.The 7 men come to 7 conclusions on the same subject. It is obvious that a policy like FDI in retail will not be all good or all bad.There should not be any concealing of the ill effects to please the sections which are canvassing for the entry of multinationals..We should not forget MNC 's prime motive is profit.IF they help farmers or consumers it is only in the process of making money for themselves. There is no doubt the farmers will lose their freedom if they work for mncs.THEY will be at their mercy,though they may make money in the short run. For every consumer who gains there will also be many manufacturers who will be squeezed dry as suppliers to Walmart etc..

from:  B Gopinath
Posted on: Dec 8, 2011 at 11:58 IST

"FDI is not good for developing nations" This can be related in a natural way to a person who is in the state of development(Young person) where some of his fresh blood is being sucked by the foreigners(Grown up) who don't want him to grow. "FDI will benefit politicians" It will benefit as they will be given huge amount of brokerage by the foreign companies to come in India. "FDI won't make items cheaper" The concept behind it is , as home industries will be destroyed people won't have money even to buy what FDI stores are offering and it will create inflation, also Farmers are given subsidy in USA but in india the government doesnot give any subsidy but they use canons and pistols to take land from them.The products provided are generally chinese made goods which are not of will help Chinese industries to grow and indian's industries will be destoyed "There is no proper duscussion on FDI in the parliament"

from:  saket dokania
Posted on: Dec 3, 2011 at 17:56 IST

I request Anna Hazare to concentrate on his Jan Lokpal movement and help in passing a strong Lokpal bill through the stipulated constitutional norms. It's better if he honestly defers to comment on those topics he has no or little knowledge. That will eventually bring him more integrity and respect rather than sharp criticism from various sections of the society...

from:  Chetan
Posted on: Dec 2, 2011 at 11:25 IST


The farmers will not get a fair price from these Western giants.These companies will use their buying power to drive prices down to maximise their profits.

from:  Mahadev Singh
Posted on: Dec 2, 2011 at 02:34 IST

They simply use indian resources and make more than 50 percent profit ans transfer to their country.Already our politicians are hiding indian resources in european banks.This will make india more poor.

from:  raghu
Posted on: Dec 2, 2011 at 00:54 IST

Wonder if the opposition or the crusaders such as Hazare has ever analysed the reasons for the farmers' suicides or inability to get the MSA or the exploding burden of the intermediaries or their (in)ability to be productive despite not having any FDI in the retail segment!!
Or are they trying to champion that FDI in retail would suddenly and exponentially aggravate the already messed up situation due to the poor economics and equally pathetic policy execution?
Its high time that the fetters of this high potential economy is loosened up, and PM does provide the plainspeak and help infuse some element of economics to the so called champions of the downtrodden and poor.
Its equally high time that we observe what Chinese are doing in this space and how they have been able to progress....

from:  Srinivas
Posted on: Dec 1, 2011 at 22:41 IST

A Hazare is right or wrong, multi brand FDI is bad. Single brand FDI is good though. Points:
1) America knows how Walmart is killing the eco system of business. Many communities don't allow Walmart in their communities.
2) Walmart is a model that will include most poorly paid jobs, last quality items and substitute 200 businesses. They do not create as many jobs and enterpreuners as what without a multi brand FDI does.
3) If job creation is what America needs to grow its economy, it is a fact. Abundant jobs is the greatness of any economy. Walmart will overwrite the whole model of economic chain and replace with profits for shareholders. The money made for Walmart is for shareholders.
4) Depleting prices is good for buyers, but not just buyers live here. Even sellers live. Unless there are more sellers there is no good small, mid business and so economy is ruined.

from:  P Krishnan
Posted on: Dec 1, 2011 at 19:44 IST

FDI has both positive and negative sides. Its ridiculous that political
parties are least interested in a debate and making parliament just a
spectacle. Need is of a informed debate rather than rhetoric and public
figures should show restraint will indulging in cheap rhetoric.

from:  sanjay
Posted on: Dec 1, 2011 at 14:24 IST

Dear Mr Hazare,

What is your proposed solution to prevent farmer suicides? Do you have a solution that is based on sound economics?

Farmers are committing suicides because they do not know how to mitigate risk. On the one hand they are burdened by debt on the other hand they are not getting adequate prices for their produce. Since there are so many middlemen between the farmer and the consumer, it is always the farmer who gets last drop of profit.

Where else in the world would you see farmer suicides due to poor realisation of prices, along with food inflation of 10% for the consumer?

When large retailers procure directly from the farmer, the supply chain is greatly reduced and it is more likely that the farmer will get better margins. Also, more competition is only going to be better for the farmers. Nobody is going to put a gun to their heads to sell at low price. It is entirely the farmers choice to sell it to the buyer who offers better prices.

from:  Arun
Posted on: Dec 1, 2011 at 13:45 IST

Can Mr. Hazare explain how FDI in retail will bring about colonial oppression? in today's context? and as opposed to FDI in every other industry and sector currently permitted today?

from:  PD
Posted on: Dec 1, 2011 at 13:35 IST

Mr. Hazare is very much right when he talks about the return of colonial oppression through FDI in multi brand retail. The Walmart's and TESCO's of the world are not here to help farmers, they are here to do make money. Way forward for farmers is sustainable farming and not FDI in multi brand retail.

from:  Harsha
Posted on: Dec 1, 2011 at 13:26 IST

Anna ,do you think that you have suficiant capbility to give comment about all kind of topics ?
If yes ,why are you not writing book ,where you can mention the best way of Indian growth?

from:  Aryan Siddharth Singh Gautam
Posted on: Dec 1, 2011 at 11:59 IST

Hi

Anna Hazare is very good person but this goverment not supot to Anna Hazare becuase of Mostof the Leader are carepted.

This News are very good

from:  Narenders sungh
Posted on: Dec 1, 2011 at 10:41 IST

Let Anna Hazare come USA and see with his own eyes the colonial rule of free economy.

from:  KALIA
Posted on: Dec 1, 2011 at 07:54 IST

Mr. Hazare should focus on enactment of anti-corruption laws, which is essential for the survival of India as a viable nation. Taking upon too many issues at a time would give opportunity for his opponents, the vested interests, to torpedo his movement. Opening retail for FDI is a trivial matter, compared to the deep rooted corruption that is destroying the country. Once we fix our morally bankrupt society, other things can be fixed easily. For heavens sake, please focus on corruption and make sure the parliment enact laws as strong as you think they should be and go down in the history of India as one of the greatest Indian ever lived to put the country on the path for survival. You need to survive as a viable nation before you can succeed. Remembver, corruption is terminal, colonialism is not. We survived British colonization for three hundred years. Hope you focus on corruption and do all you can to destroy it. Wish you all the best.

from:  lisalfice
Posted on: Dec 1, 2011 at 07:51 IST

Mr Hazare, please stick to trying to get the government to pass a strong anti-corruption bill through parliament. Delving into policy issues is not acceptable at all. Finally, is he serious about colonization!? C'mon, FDI in retail is allowed in a bunch of other countries in Asia, including China. You don't hear of western hegemony in China do you. The exact opposite these days. So please stop cosying up to the BJP. It does not help your image as a neutral figure who does not have political ambitions.

from:  Anuj Shah
Posted on: Dec 1, 2011 at 05:50 IST

The apprehensions of Mr. Anna Hazare are real.Packages and FDI are not the answer to the problems of inflation, farmers' distress and unemployment. It is absolutely true that he foreign investors are not coming for social service.

from:  Dr.C.Murukadas
Posted on: Dec 1, 2011 at 00:59 IST

This man sounds like a close cousin of Hitler and Gaddafi. He will make
an excellent dictator, better than the 2 mentioned above. It is time the
media stops wasting valuable time of its readers by covering this mans
rhetoric.

from:  Ivan Pinto
Posted on: Dec 1, 2011 at 00:56 IST

If anybody has doubt that FDI is bad for India then have a look at what Coca Cola and Pepsi did to local soft drinks makers who existed before their entry into India. I don't see the local soft drinks brands I used to see before. That's just one example.

from:  Manick
Posted on: Dec 1, 2011 at 00:54 IST
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