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Reforms: Victim Or Accused?

Do we blame the profiteering instinct of big business? Or the footprint of big government? Or does corruption transcend systems?

Reforms: Victim Or Accused?
Tribhuvan Tiwari
Reforms: Victim Or Accused?
outlookindia.com
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There is a link, after all, between the global Indian tycoon and the very local scrap dealer. After two decades of ‘opening up’ the economy for investment by private and foreign enterprise, the age-old Indian method of rising to the top—getting the right permits, winning the right friends, or often, bribing the right people—hasn’t noticeably changed. With naked and brazen currying for influence coming to light after Outlook published the Radia tapes, the image of big business has taken a beating. The timing couldn’t have been worse for big business, which is already coping with the UPA’s reforms with a ‘human face’.

That’s the general view from a wide cross-section of professionals, businesspersons, experts and members of civil society who spoke to Outlook on the Radia tapes. “The tapes are a visible and ugly symbol of the new breed of do-or-die ambition among Indian businessmen, politics and the press corps,” says Mahesh Murthy, who runs Pinstorm,...

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