Do you think Narayana Murthy quitting BBIAL hurts the progress and image of Bangalore?
As far I know, Mr Murthy wanted to quit two months ago. He had said that all the clearances were approved and work had begun, he did not see any need for him to hang on. I think he ill-timed his resignation.
But your own IT community says that his going will hurt the process of Private-Public Partnership (PPP).
Everybody talks of PPP, but let me tell you what happened when I tried to bring together three roads that lead to IT hubs under PPP for the first time in October 2003. No IT company wanted to contribute; the situation became so embarrassing that I had to raise the money from builders. It is one thing to talk and another to walk it.
Has the city suffered because the term of the Bangalore Agenda Task Force (BATF), led by Nilekani and set up by S.M. Krishna, was not renewed by the present government?
You cannot say that you'll just give ideas and shirk responsibility of execution. Also, BATF rubbed the state's bureaucracy, one of the finest in the country, on the wrong side. What we need is an integrated approach. We need to tame our egos when we work with people.
What do you have to say on the nexus between S.M. Krishna and Narayana Murthy?
I wouldn't like to comment on this.