India Inc is a pariah, feels govt dislikes criticism: Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

Nellie Chapman
December 4, 2019

Backing Bajaj's remarks, he said that the Finance Minister should allow criticism and should learn from it. "Take action, concentrate on your ministry and don't play politics", said Sibal. "You (the government) are doing good work, but despite that, we don't have the confidence that you will appreciate if we criticise you openly", he added.

On Saturday, ace Indian industrialist Rahul Bajaj too had criticised the government on the socio-economic front in the presence of Indian Home Minister Shah, conveying that there was a sense of fear in the industry.

Veteran industrialist Rahul Bajaj at an Economic Times award function said there was an "atmosphere of fear".

Supporting Bajaj, Shaw had earlier said, "Hope the govt reaches out to India Inc for working out solutions to revive consumption n growth".

"To say this government is not willing to hear criticism is unfair, absolutely unfair, because we do hear criticism, we do take criticism, we respond to criticism", she said, urging those making such observations to check facts, pointing to one of her own tweets.

Congress national spokesperson Pawan Khera on Sunday said that Home Minister Amit Shah and RSS will never accept that there is an "atmosphere of intolerance" in the country.

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Shah said, "Neither the BJP nor the government supports such statements". "Does national interest lie in praising you!", he tweeted.

But the Biocon CMD questioned why any criticism of the government was viewed as "anti-national" or "anti-government". His grandfather, Jamnalal Bajaj, an Indian independence fighter and Mahatma Gandhi confidant, founded the group in 1926. Defending the government, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri alleged there were fake narratives.

The home minister also asked people from the industry to visit the Valley with family and assess the real situation. "This is exactly what democracy is all about", he tweeted.

Bringing up the issue of lack of convictions in lynching cases, Bajaj said it creates an environment of intolerance. But I would like to point out that there is no need for anybody to be afraid.

A day before the ET event, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had stated that many industrialists have told him they lived in fear of harassment by government authorities. Entrepreneurs are hesitant to put up fresh projects, for fear of failure attributed to ulterior motives.

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