Friday, October 3, 2008
TATA BYE-BYE FROM SINGUR
By Manuwant Choudhary
A car for every Indian.... the much-hyped Rs. 1 lakh car...the Nano .....will not roll out from Singur in West Bengal as Tata chairman Ratan Tata finally announced his decision to pull out blaming the opposition leader Mamata Banerjee's protests as the only reason.
Ratan Tata said, "A few years ago I had said that if a person puts a pistol to my head he has just two options either he puts the pistol away or he pulls the trigger. Mamata Banerjee has pulled the trigger."
A visibly sentimental Ratan Tata, however, does not even mention how farmers felt when their land was forcibly taken away for the Tata Nano project.
West Bengal or Mamata Banerjee or the farmers have nothing against the Tata's..but what they are against is forcible acquisition of their land.
In a way Mamata Banerjee has enforced property rights in India and why if the Tata's still wanted the Nano project in Singur they could easily have got lease agreements from the farmers.
But Tata did not even try.
What he banked on was the money he offers to the Congress and other parties before elections and in return he expected them to acquire land for him.
Sorry, Mr. Tata you have lowered your own reputation.
A Birla could not develop West Bengal in 60 years and I do not think a Tata would help.....look what the Tata's did to Bihar...the Tata's supported the bifurcation of Bihar only because Laloo Prasad Yadav had not extended the lease of Jamshedpur.
There is hope for West Bengal...its small enterpreneurs who invest wisely into small factories and buy land directly from farmers who will transform West Bengal and India.
Mr. Saurav Ganguly..much as I admire your cricket....the Nano is not about Bengali nationalism.