Narayana Murthy vs Deve Gowda
Don’t you just love controversies? I have realized that the world cannot live without controversies and the media cannot live without making it spicier. Well, I will be honest in saying that I do love these spicy stories but, at the same time, these things do annoy me too once in a while.
The recent allegations by the former Indian primer minister Deve Gowda on Infosys Chief Narayana Murthy is pretty amusing. First, Mr Gowda claims that Mr Murthy has not made any contribution in the last 5 years, as a chairman, to the Bangalore International airport Limited project. Result – a miffed Murthy’s resignation from the BIAL chairmanship. Deve Gowda didn’t stop here – he then claims that all the land acquired by the IT companies in Bangalore needs to be checked and that these companies need to shift their base to Hassan and Gulbarga from Bangalore.
I don’t really know much of a history behind this story – so I will stop short of saying who is right or who is wrong. But then – just based on the common sense – I have a few very basic questions. All these IT companies that Deve Gowda is talking about are not just any companies – they are the ones which are listed in the stock market and have a lot of credibility in the market. The allegations that they have been in the habit of land grabbing sounds laughable to me. On the other hand – I am not too sure about Deve Gowda’s credentials. When he became the prime minister of India (and the term lasted for close to a year), it’s a wide speculation that it didn’t happen because of his credentials but because of the fact that everybody wanted to keep both BJP and Congress out of the top seat then.
When Infosys came up with the statistics that they provided employment to so many people in the country and have been good to the state in so many other ways – Deve Gowda was prompt to say that the same has been done by the other companies like Wipro. He also pointed out that Premji never tries to interfere in the state politics and believes that Murthy should also do the same. I take exception to this remark. Why? Why should Murthy do things that Premji does or why shouldn’t he do things that Premji doesn’t?
I am a strong believer of the fact that good politicians and good entrepreneurs are the ones that are needed in India and, for that matter, any country – particularly the developing ones. And it’s just fine if one of them decides to switch roles at some point in their life. I am sure that a lot of successful entreprenurs will make good politicians – at least better than the present ones.