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Updated: June 6, 2013 03:06 IST

The Murthys and the Maoists

  • Harish Khare
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Between the relentless demands of corporate leaders and the capacity of the underclass to match the state’s violence, India needs a vision for itself that is morally defensible

In the first week of 2011, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh allowed himself to be persuaded to accept N.R. Narayana Murthy’s invitation to travel to Mumbai to preside over a function to give away the Infosys Social Science Prizes. The Prime Minister even agreed to attend a dinner that Mr. Murthy wanted to host in his honour after the function at the Taj Mahal Hotel. So far so good. A few days before the event, there was a massive behind-the-scenes dust up between the Prime Minister’s staff and Mr. Murthy. The rub was that Mr. Murthy thought that since he was paying for the dinner, he had a right to dictate not only the guest list but even the seating arrangement. However, there is something called protocol and the dignity of constitutional offices. If the Governor and the Chief Minister of Maharashtra were to be at the dinner, they had to necessarily be seated on either side of the Prime Minister, whereas the host thought he ought to be sitting next to Dr. Singh. Mr. Murthy, however, was not one to be so easily rebuffed. As soon as the first course was served, he sought to convert the evening into a grand intellectual conversation and proceeded to invite his son to open the bowling. And the young son wanted to know from the Prime Minister what the government proposed to do so that young men like him could come back to India.

All this is recalled because the young man is now back in India, as executive assistant to his father, who in turn has allowed himself to be persuaded to take charge of Infosys again. Nepotism, did you say? No; no sir. A private company is free to hire anyone. Fair enough, but not exactly.

Mr. Murthy is not just a private businessman, minding his own business. He has often sought to inject himself into the public domain, telling a thing or two to the political class about how to behave. He has been serenaded as an “iconic” entrepreneur. During the heyday of civil society triumphalism two years ago, there was even a suggestion that Mr. Murthy be made President of India. That was the time when India’s corporate leaders thought they had the ethical credentials to write open letters to the Prime Minister and preach virtues of good governance.

Like other corporate leaders, the Murthys, father and son, represent an unrepentant ideological approach to the Indian state, its morals, manners and policies and purpose, but they are not the only ones to do so. The Maoists — who once again made their presence felt last month when they massacred the Congress top political leadership in Chhattisgarh — too have a list of ideological claims of their own on the Indian state. Both groups are relentless; both are unforgiving.

The May 25 attack was the boldest ideological challenge that the Maoists have posed to the country’s political leadership. Violence makes a demand on all stakeholders. It was no surprise, then, that as soon as news trickled in of the attack on the Congress convoy in Bastar, the party’s vice-president, Rahul Gandhi, should have taken off for Raipur. It was a commendable journey of political solidarity. It would be interesting to find out if the bloody massacre in Sukma has helped Mr. Gandhi re-set his ideological compass.

Let it be recalled that this is the same Mr. Gandhi who had allowed himself to be persuaded in August 2010 to travel to the Niyamgiri Hills in Orissa, where he told the adivasis that he was their “sipahi,” or soldier in Delhi. Only two days before that visit, the Central government had pointedly withdrawn environmental permission to the Vedanta Group to mine the area for bauxite. For good measure, the young Gandhi had proclaimed that development meant that “every voice, including that of the poor and adivasis, should be heard.” It would be nice to know if Mr. Gandhi has resolved his ideological equivocations in the aftermath of the Chhattisgarh violence.

For two decades the Indian political class has gone about believing that “development” and “growth” are innocuous and painless. The prevailing orthodoxy insists that the Indian state has one and only one business: to get out of the businessman’s way. There is an unwillingness to acknowledge the basic nature of power: irrespective of its political arrangement, every society plays host to a ceaseless struggle over who gains what at whose expense. Growth and development invariably produce dislocation and dispossession. Good politics in a democratic idiom can go a long way in ameliorating the alienation and anger.

Pro-poor initiatives

The UPA’s approach has been to let the corporate marauders run amok while salving its democratic conscience with a slew of pro-poor, aam aadmi-centric initiatives. In the process, for the past nine years, the country has periodically been treated to a mock controversy over whether Sonia Gandhi’s National Advisory Council was usurping the government’s space and prerogatives, or, when this or that NAC member walks out in a huff, whether the government is not being sufficiently pro-poor. The UPA’s approach neither mollifies the corporate buccaneers nor satisfies the poor and the disadvantaged.

The corporates, however, have sized up the divided political leadership across the spectrum. They have finessed their tactics. If a government is slow to give them the policy breaks that they demand, the democratic space and its anarchic habits will be creatively used to unleash civil unrest on this or that pretext. There is always the age old anger against “corruption” to be tapped. And, as it were, one can always rely on an auditor or a judge to step in to divert attention away from corporate misdemeanours of the most serious kind.

Pincer movement

No wonder, then, that the Indian state is caught in a pincer movement. From one side, the ideologues and practitioners of “growth” are unrelenting in their insistence that the country’s natural resources and citizens’ savings be made available to them for exploitation; and, from the other direction, the state is confronted by a vast underclass that is unwilling to see any reason to sacrifice its land and forests so that some others can enjoy the benefit of “progress.” Just as the corporates have served sufficient notice that they have no qualms in taking the state on and causing misery to its political functionaries, the underclass, too, is willing to match the state’s capacity for violence, bullet for bullet.

Both the Murthys and the Maoists are forcing the Indian state to take a stand. For too long, the Indian political leadership has refused to confront the Grand Conundrum: for whom does the state exist, whom does the state seek to reward and whom does it strive to protect against whom. The UPA leadership has neither the appetite for a brutal repression of the angry tribal, nor is it likely to be able to lure the Naxalites into a democratic engagement without a demonstrable capacity to stand up to corporate greed. A kind of alternative arrangement is already on the drawing board: the Gujarat model of no dissent, no trade unions, no civil society, no Medha Patkar, no tribal resistance, no protests.

The great sociologist, Edward Shils, once observed that every society needs grandiose visions and austere standards; the political and intellectual leadership is obliged to prod society to its own historical ideals — “elements which must be recurrently realized without even being definitively realizable, once and for all.” Perhaps we should be thankful that both the Murthys and the Maoists are inviting us to find a vision for India that is morally defensible.

(Harish Khare is a senior journalist and a former media adviser to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh)

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It is exactly this 'murthy or maoist' kind of mentality that is
proving a great hindrance to India's progress. A state is not supposed
to take sides - for rich as well as for poor. It is supposed to lay
down a commonly agreed framework of rules and laws and then see to it
that it implemented in word and spirit. A billionaire like Murthy or
Ambani is as much a citizen of this country as a tribal living deep in
the jungle. To consider either of them as inherently bad - greedy or
violent is not going to solve the problem. The businesses have a just
demand to be allowed to survive and grow, the poors have a right to
livelihood and everybody needs the growth to be sustainable. The
government which is a reflection of the society has to find a
compromise that will satisfy each of these demands to the extent
possible without undue favours to anybody. To say that government
should rob Paul to pay Peter is notgoing to solve the problems. The
author should have articulated his vision for India.

from:  girish vechalekar
Posted on: Jun 8, 2013 at 19:26 IST

Yes, I agree with the readers . the author has portrayed as if Mr Murthy has done wrong. When Jawaharlal Nehru can make Indira as PM and then Rajiv Gandhi as PM and now projecting Rahul Gandhi as PM and Mulayam puts his son Akhilesh as CM, what is wrong. It is his private company. Dhirubhai Ambani has put his two sons in the business. Bill Clinton- his wife and now his daughter .

I think the author is prejudiced on Murthy . Mr. Khare thinks that every one will work like government with paper pushing without any decisions. He should focus on the large corrupt Ministers and MPs and MLAs in congress party who ruthlessly make millions every year through illicit means. YSR is clear example. Bofors Scam, @g Scam, Helicopter scam, Coal scam. Why all these are not discussed. what did congress government achieve in the past 30 years . Nothing. The poor remained poor but the MPs have become super RICH , why you do not talk about proper implementation of the programs and creation of social programs. even after 30 years the villages do not have drinking water, electricity , Sanitation facilities, underground sewage system . Poor people live in huts and do not have 2 full meals.
Shame on all the governments who do not get out of the web of corruption and the police and revenue departments who live on bribes . they think that it is right to collect. India will be free when the corruption is rooted out 100 % . Let every police offer and every Government officer , clerk give a daily declaration on a paper I did my work sincerely and did not take a single rupee. let this be sent every day to eth Hon Judge or Lok Ayukta of every state.
Let this be applicable to all the MPs , MLAs , and ministers .
Yes there is a great divide between the rich and the poor and it is becoming much these days .
For the tribals let there be a separate ministry in each state and let all development programs go through this department and one by one each Village be electrified, provided with drinking water and roads and sanitation. Let the housing schemes be introduced so that they can live safely.
On employment it is necessary that all the private and public sectors should work together to start small scale industries in the tribal areas.

from:  Sarma
Posted on: Jun 7, 2013 at 22:48 IST

After reading the article and the comments, I am starting to worry
whether the average Indian has become pro-corporate. I don't see any
link or statement that makes Mr. Khare pro-government in this article.
And what is so holy about Mr. Murthy that he cannot be compared with
the Maoists. Maoists are not demons from hell. They are also human
beings who also deserve to be treated the way we want our government
and neighbours to treat us, with respect. It is the attitude and
negligence of our government and the general Indian public that they
have been frustrated and eaten into Maoist ideology. The very reason
the red corridor exists is because of the government's abject disdain
and negligence for the people living there. A change in our attitude
towards towards those people is what is the need of the hour. And, Mr.
Khare is rightfully asking the government to take a stance on whether
it supports the corporates or the down-trodden!

from:  Balaji Devaraju
Posted on: Jun 7, 2013 at 20:58 IST

Nice article. Morality is missing from the growth aspirations of corporate India, and therein
lies the problem. Gandhiji wanted "swaraj", by which he probably meant not just freedom
from the British, but also self-governance by India's villages. If villagers work for the
betterment of their individual villages, there is less scope for economic development to be in
conflict with the environment. Of course, since most of India's corporate "leaders"
understand neither economics nor Gandhian principles, there is little chance of India waking
"Into that heaven of freedom".

from:  Venkat
Posted on: Jun 7, 2013 at 20:57 IST

A typical case of the Anglo-Indian Tweedledum and Tweedledee fork-
tongued trait culture which the English speaking Brown Sahib inherited
along with the Independence Salaam. The 2-Twees names have since
become synonymous in western popular culture slang for any two people
who look and act in identical ways, generally in a derogatory context.
It does not take a Vedic Pundit nor a Harvard Emeritus nor a Corporate
Brigandage nor the US Veteran Major General Smedley D. Butler to
interpolate the Murthys and the Maoists, as a typical case of 'War Is
a Racket'. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the
most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one
international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are
reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. Only a small 'inside'
group knows it is for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of
the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.

Posted on: Jun 7, 2013 at 20:07 IST

this article is one of the most biased article i have read for some time.

from:  himanshu shekhar
Posted on: Jun 7, 2013 at 17:45 IST

I am an avid reader of his articles! He has a point and that got overlooked for his sin of using the name of "venerated" Shri Narayan Murthy! Point is - there is an orchestrated effort on the part of "Corporates" and their lobby in the form of media, political analyst, commentators, Social Network sites zealots("the New Middle class") to subvert the REPUBLIC , much the same by Maoist but by a violent and openly declared war on the REPUBLIC! These bands of "subversives" daily admonish, advise and "show" the way to the political leaders/class and policy-makers the "path"!According to them - the jobs of these political leaders/class is to do the 5 years rituals to get the mandate from poor and under-class voters/citizen - but rest of the 5 years they must obey and listen to - like a obedient dog - what these "corporates" and their paid pipers say and dictate ! Republic means to them once in 5 year endorsement from poor citizens and daily dose of endorsement from "Mr. Narayan Murthy"!

from:  Haradhan Chandra Mandal
Posted on: Jun 7, 2013 at 17:09 IST

Can Mr. Khare get more childish? He has over-interpreted two disparate
events, letting you believe all along that he has seen a connection that
others have missed, and come up with a perfectly implausible theory that
he couldn't convey in simple words.

from:  Srini
Posted on: Jun 7, 2013 at 17:07 IST

Mr Khare refuses to acknowledge that the Manmohan classes - ir-respective of
their political hue - have failed the Murthys, the middle classes, the common man
in general and tribals in particular. Yet, Murthys of India succeeded despite all the
obstacles posed by the Manmohan classes and a corrupt bureaucracy.

As urban middle class Indians, the Murthys and the middle classes may have
suffered from the ill effects of corruption but at least they did not face state
repression and abuse. But in the tribal regions, the state is more absent than
present and when present, the state is not perceived as a vehicle of development
but as an instrument of repression.

It is state failures that has primarily bred Maoists in India. Just as the emerged in
Mafia in Italy as a response to lack of trust in state institutions.

Perhaps Mr Khare would do well to frame the issue as one of development and
state roles in development and leave the Murthys of India in peace.

from:  V.Suresh
Posted on: Jun 7, 2013 at 15:52 IST

The vision of India is far greater than the Marty’s and Maoists.
Mr. Harish Khare has forgotten the other class of the society burgeoning Middle class which is growing in numbers .It has failed to highlight the youth development.
The whole issue is the government has failed to recognize the priority.
More than morality of matters we need economic developments, jobs, opportunities etc. on EQUALITY basis than only we can uplift the society where moral values will be automatically cultivated

from:  Aditya Kothari
Posted on: Jun 7, 2013 at 14:44 IST

Not at all a right comparison, totally different views both the groups have. Mr. Khare did not do it well.

from:  Mohandas K
Posted on: Jun 7, 2013 at 14:29 IST

We live in a state,a nation in making and the state has shown its
absence in many parts of its geographical area; be it the J&K or the
north-eastern states or maoist affected areas and it is a fact not
hidden from anyone.The centre and the state political and bureaucratic
machinery has not bothered well enough caring for the problems of the
people in these conflict ridden areas for the last 66 years.It seems
no surprise when the indigenous people are lured easily by people with
vested interests in conspiring against the state.Although their
ideologies are distorted today,but they are the ones who have led the
tribals or local population to believe that they are there for them.

The crony capitalism in our country is today dictating terms and
conditions to the legislative and they happily serve their masters.It
is the have nots who are grinded in between the profit making
interests of these two classes.

We can at least lament for them on paper and discuss about their

from:  mohit kumar
Posted on: Jun 7, 2013 at 13:43 IST

Interesting observations!!

from:  prabhakar
Posted on: Jun 7, 2013 at 13:28 IST

The article is too simplistic in painting the Government's dilemma
between the corporates (for whom Murthy is used as the icon) and the
tribals (for whom the Maoists are used erroneously as a proxy). Not
only are the two incomparable, but also the question of development
is not a simple trade-off between the two interests. One does not
necessarily have to make such a choice. It is very possible to
undertake development that is sustainable, equitable and non-
exploitative. Yes, the Government has failed in that objective so
far, but the simplistic characterization of Maoists as the guardians
of tribal aspirations, when they are terrorists - pure and simple -
is naive and dangerous.

from:  Sundararajan S. Gopalan
Posted on: Jun 7, 2013 at 09:49 IST

There are NO leaders anywhere, so why wait?

The middle class became middle class thanks to highly subsidized (tax
payer paid), colleges. Everyone who is middle class and above could
help just ONE poor person until s/he is middle class.

The time to give back and to stop whining is overdue. Don't wait to do

Why wait for leaders, for someone else, to do something?

Do your best. Your very best. Everyday.

If we 300+ million strong, can consistently uplift just one person
each, that is enough.

What India needs is You, not some leader.

from:  bharati
Posted on: Jun 7, 2013 at 09:44 IST

Ppl in this comments section have just read the title and passing half
baked comments. No one is comparing Murthy with Maoists. The author is
talking about two pillars that are bashing up the govt for their own
needs and reasons and the govt so far (10 yrs) does not know whom to
please and by how much. Murthys (aka Corporate) use money power and
the Maoists use muscle power to beat up on the state. The big question
he asks is what is the primary purpose of the state's and its govts
existence. That is the big question for the current and future govts
to answer which will inevitably be the vision for a future India.

from:  Eshwar
Posted on: Jun 7, 2013 at 02:03 IST

I cannot understand how others project this article as biased one.He is rightly criticizing both UPA and Gujarat model.It is time all readers understand there is very thin line between tribes and Maoists.It is easier to follow GDP, stock market numbers. It is rather insightful to think at what cost companies are earning and who are at the receiving end of bad things. I wonder why many of us not ready to accept corporate companies including Infosys does not deserve to get any more incentives from government. Whenever they do well they praise their own leadership and whenever their performance affected they complain about the need of policy reforms & corruption.The author is perfectly vindicated and it is rather amusing to see some of the readers comparing it with paid news.

from:  Selva Balaji M
Posted on: Jun 7, 2013 at 00:28 IST

I am inclined to infer from the tone of the article that Mr. Khare was not invited to the dinner that was hosted by Mr. Murthy

from:  Sathya
Posted on: Jun 6, 2013 at 18:16 IST

Wow! Mr Khare equates the corporate leaders with the Maoists!! That is
bizarre! The ideology of Maoists is to overthrow the Indian state.
There is no negotiable common ground with that ideology. All the bull
about fighting for tribals is just that bull and everyone who is not
fundamentally opposed to democracy would not treat the Maoists as
anything but enemies! Corporate leaders are very different. They are
legitimate citizens of the country who have no desire to overthrow the
Indian state. They are trying to do their jobs which is to invest,
create jobs, manufacture goods! Obviously they are profit oriented. It
is upto the state to have the right policy to incentivise private
sector without allowing them to be exploitative. That is where the
state has failed.

from:  Jhum
Posted on: Jun 6, 2013 at 17:32 IST

What an irony!! The same THE HINDU publishes excellent articles of
P.Sainath about paid news and the same THE HINDU has published paid
news of our National Government! How childish is his comparison of Murthys and Maoists and very much looks like Harish is settling personal scores here. I must say that this advertisement campaign by Harish Khare is worse than Bharat Nirman campaign of Manish Tewari. Just grow up boys.. middle class India is not as foolish as you
BTW why is Harish and his client so much worried about civil society movement?

from:  Sathyanarayana
Posted on: Jun 6, 2013 at 17:28 IST

Mr.Khare is a confused soul, otherwise why would he equate corporate greed affecting tribals with Mr.Narayanamurthy? When did Infosys go after tribal land or tribal wealth? It is silly to talk of nepotism on the first line and immediately talk in praise of Rahul Gandhi who is the prime example of nepotism in India.

from:  seetharaman
Posted on: Jun 6, 2013 at 16:37 IST

It seems it is basically "the corporate" vs "the poor"... It is well known that the corporate has grown at the cost of poor (tribal etc.)
Resources at cheap rate to the corporate, tax sops (exemption like SEZ etc.) have helped them...

Mr. Moorthy spoke in many (English) news channels on governance (and on many other subjects) and how/what corporates expects from the state, many times accusing the state... But when it came to his own corporate, and about inducting his son into it, he showed true color when journalists questioned him...
However comparing him with Maoist (though the core thing is about the ideology), it is just too much... They are plenty people from corporate who are worse than Mr. Moorthy...
But the article is indeed raising some very good points...

from:  Periasamy
Posted on: Jun 6, 2013 at 16:35 IST

The article Murtys, Maoists and Manmohan Singh is quite interesting. All these men are people of good virtue and the present political dispensation needs amelioration. People are masters of democracy and Indian masses know what they want.

from:  Vyas K Susarla
Posted on: Jun 6, 2013 at 15:52 IST

It may be a farfetched assumption that a sinner can turn himself into a complete saint but someone who tries should be encouraged. Given the present dilly-dallying by the UPA on corporate corruption or the Maoist menace, the need for the hour is for tough no-nonsense governance. I think Mr. Modi fits the bill as a leader who seems like he would not accept any deviations in his personal vision for India's development. True he is a man with shades of grey, but 5 years in power is not very long and he should be given the chance at the helm. Modi for his part should keep a distance from the Hindutva ideologues and follow whole-heartedly his 'India First' statement which does not discriminate against caste creed or religion.

from:  Aashish
Posted on: Jun 6, 2013 at 15:45 IST

Excellent article kudos to the writer for being very bold and being crtical of high handed behaviour evn from people like NRN
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from:  siddavaramv
Posted on: Jun 6, 2013 at 15:39 IST

An excellent article! The Gita says " what the best will do,the others
will follow!" Unless our political and intellectual elite are men of
integrity and competence,any vision will be meaningless!.

from:  umesh bhagwat
Posted on: Jun 6, 2013 at 12:25 IST

The question is around the existential question for the Indian state -
whom does it exist for? For homogeneous, corporate India or the
heterogeneous, diverse, non-corporate India? Can we go on tolerating
corporate exploitation by a few in the name of reforms, efficiency,
growth and so on? Indeed, in the last decade, corporate propaganda has
pushed through public discourse riding on the back of "reforms" while it has conveniently ignored the malaise in its own backyard.

from:  Ritesh
Posted on: Jun 6, 2013 at 12:02 IST

"every society plays host to a ceaseless struggle over who gains
what at whose expense", wow bull's eye sir.

from:  ANANTH
Posted on: Jun 6, 2013 at 11:55 IST

Eventually talk of gujrat finds place in every biased ,self absorbed work.. Nemesis of Modi has become a commonplace in political circles. Your article underplays the grave fallacies of the corrupt UPA regime..For harmonisation of the growth and development one requires a determined, transparent and non corrupt government. With the kind of humongous scams and malfeasance within the confines of UPA it is unimaginable to expect a firm hand upon the corporate lobbies, leave apart the worries of a common man..9 years of misgovernance, with shamelessness to the hilt your article seems nothing but a shrewdly worded articulation downplaying the patriotic upsurge of the indian population in the teeth of UPA'S corrupt regime. What this article attempts to exhort is helplessness before the rigid corporate lobbies is in actual connivance of UPA with the aforesaid..

from:  ravit
Posted on: Jun 6, 2013 at 11:51 IST

Mr. Khare has tried to take 2 divergent topics for discussion here.
Let us take the Murthys trying to influence the politics, I dont see
any wrong in that. In fact the Birlas and Tatas were well wishers of
our freedom movement and had frequent interactions with the Leaders
then. Unfortunately post the independence these business people used
their influences to get the licenses.
Involvement of various influential people in the national building
discussions is nothing wrong, infact what is wrong with India is today
we dont have many conscience keepers who are critical of the what the
politicians are doing.
Regarding the 2nd Divergent topic. It is sad that Govt does not engage
in Dialogue with the Maoists, what is needed in a democracy is
inclusion, instead it the exclusion which creates these rifts. At the
end of the day these are Indians we need to bring these communities
into our system and keep them out.

from:  Ramji
Posted on: Jun 6, 2013 at 11:40 IST

Another excellent one in the line of socially relevant articles by Mr.Khare. The media and corporates who speak about the "virtues" of Narayana Murthy "forget" that the homecoming has more to do with the declining share price and value erosion of his share than other superficial reasons. This was a man who had the audacity to say that our national anthem embarasses foriegners, and predictably the Supreme court went soft on that remark.
His return symbolises the greed of the corporates which has been ignored by the shrill anchors of news channels and the mainstream media who deflect the attention to the "corrupt" politicians.
This unsatiated corporate greed has led to large scale displacement of tribals and adivasis which in turn has fed the Maoist movement with loads of willing recruits.
A calibrated rollback of the liberalisation and "reforms" process and more sops to the underpriveleged may arrest this trend of increasing corporate greed and violence of the red rebels.

from:  C Balachander
Posted on: Jun 6, 2013 at 11:23 IST

The Congress and its many clones have ruled India for long enough and have enough of a glimmering of "democratic ideals" to be entering the same "crisis of conscience" that confronted the British who preached a rule of law as they evolved into liberal democracy that became inconsistent with the repression of Indians that they had educated and instilled with the ideals of "freedom".

from:  S. Suchindranath Aiyer
Posted on: Jun 6, 2013 at 11:13 IST

The writer makes a lot of veiled allegations. If this article was by
some unknown personality I would have been inclined to dismiss this as
immature, but since it is written by Harish Khare I am forced to
consider each and every allegation that have been made.

from:  piratla Aditya
Posted on: Jun 6, 2013 at 11:11 IST

The author seems to have an exceeding level of sympathy for the poor government. After reading the article one might even feel sad for the government. Those poor men in their red beaconed cars, their old bungalows and the oppressive burden of developing India without accountability.
Sarcasm aside, one can only now understand the depth of the author's disdain for 'corporates'. His choice of picking even Mr.Murthy as the thorn on the government's side is shocking.
Of course, Mr.Murthy's son cannot be spared as well. Mr.Murthy cannot have his son in meetings, or inherit his share in a company he founded and owns a majority stake in. After all, princes and inheritances are valid rights only in 'democratic' institutions and political posts.

from:  Shankar
Posted on: Jun 6, 2013 at 10:44 IST

what a comparison?, murthys and the maoists,Harish Khare seems to be
settling somewhat a personal score against NarayanaMurthy.I am no,
repeat NO admirer of murthy, his coming back with his son to Infy does
not augur well in the realm of good corporate governance.and Rohan
wants to know from the PM what India is readying for 'sons of the
soil' like him???
right after independence we have never had "good" politics. no point
in talking about corporate greed, they are there with a capitalistic
outlook and profits (sky is the limit) ,any amount is to be harnessed.
the gap between the haves and havenots is alarming. may be a federal type of governance like the US with a strong person at the helm of affairs is what is required. and for sure NarayanaMurthy is not he person.

from:  Captain lakshmanan T vaikuntam
Posted on: Jun 6, 2013 at 10:34 IST

There is a clear cut flaw in this article
1. Mr.Murthy as an example of corporate greed is illogical, everybody
knows what he stands for. Mr.Khare exhibits intellectual childishness
in branding every business as exploitation.
2.No doubt Moist's have some legitimate ideology,But they want thrust
up on by killing and kidnapping, govt has no choice as for as Maoists.
3. Reasonably there is a little fault with corporate industry, they are
for maximizing the production and profit. It is entirely govt which has
to frame policies and laws to oversee fairness and equality.But Khare
gives no hints about failure of the state.
4.Why there is so much of disagreement on role of economic growth in
bringing prosperity to a country.One side FM says it is imperative, how
section of intellectual's staunchly oppose the same. Mr. Khare is also
confused about this fact.

from:  BSajjanar
Posted on: Jun 6, 2013 at 10:25 IST

I really have to appreciate Mr. Khare's discernment, the way he has
accused Mr. Murthy is guilty of nepotism,
and for me the word "Nepotism" looks to be originated by Congress
itself which is more like a prefix that is adhere
to most of there members and there could be nothing better example than
the Nehru-Gandhi clan but unfortunately that was not good enough to catch Mr. Khare's attention.

from:  John
Posted on: Jun 6, 2013 at 10:21 IST

Excellent article. Much-required at this point in time. The state is
reducing itself to gate-keeper of corporate interests. The present
emphasis on growth and development favours a select few at the cost of
dispossession and loss of dignity of a large number of people that
depends for livelihood upon the very natural resources over which many
corporate leaders seem to think that they have primary rights of
exploitation for profit. As the article points out, the key questions
indeed are: For whom does the state exist? Whom does it seek to
reward? And whom does it seek to protect?

from:  Venkat Ramanujam
Posted on: Jun 6, 2013 at 10:18 IST

The author has cognently streesed about the urgency of a vision defining who has to be given how much.India on the one side has corporates who keep vying for more resources in the name of progress and on the other side are Maoists who in the name of safeguarding indigenous local population and their ancestral resources keep attacking the government.Interestingly the government who has completed nine years in its current avatar has understood that a middle path is the only solution has comforted itself with inaction. Now that the elections are approaching the indolent government has awaken and is trying to win the lost battle.

from:  raj kamal vatsa
Posted on: Jun 6, 2013 at 10:16 IST

Harish Khare,
Are you aware that there is a difference between tribals and Maoists? I
mean not all tribals are Maoists and that is what Rahul recognizes.
This is elementary stuff...

from:  Sneha
Posted on: Jun 6, 2013 at 10:08 IST

I could not understand the essence of this article.Very confusing,Very negative except few positive things wrote here and there.I find it strange frequent appearance of articles by Mr. Harish Khare which are mostly biased in the Hindu.I don't find them either intellectual nor knowledgeable when compared to other articles which appear in the Hindu.
The writer is criticizing corporate class but the example he gave about Mr. Narayan Murthy was peculiar.

from:  Pooja
Posted on: Jun 6, 2013 at 09:59 IST

Of late, Harish Khare tirade against middle class and their icons gives
readers like me much needed comic relief. Never knew that 'The Hindu"
indeed encourages journalists who write articles laced with dark humuor.

from:  Ananth
Posted on: Jun 6, 2013 at 09:43 IST
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