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‘Foreign’ Policy

The hypocrisy from the head of a supposedly democratic government betrays an intolerance for democratic dissent

‘Foreign’ Policy
‘Foreign’ Policy
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The prime minister has always been bullish about pumping foreign corporate funds into nearly all sectors of the Indian economy. It is no small irony, that he is the same man who is trying to stoke the xenophobic fears of the middle class by questioning the foreign support—if any—for a popular campaign born of people’s concern about nuclear safety.

The nuclear plant in question, Koodankulam, has been built with foreign (Russian) support. There is also that seminal nuclear deal with the hegemon of our time, the US. Granted, the PM must welcome foreign support in technology, in which India obviously lags behind developed nations. Where he’s remiss is in seeking it for sectors like defence—disregarding concerns of national security—or retail, where genuine fears, compelling arguments and evidence abound of possible impacts on Indian livelihoods.

But the rabbit hole goes deeper. The central and various state governments have also been inviting foreign corporate bodies into vital areas of policy...

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