05 December, 2020

“CSIR Still Has No Head. And It’s Directly Under The PM!”

Chai pe charcha in Lucknow discusses Modi's foreign travels, his indifference to R&D and how he is letting RSS elements dominate.

Nirala Tripathi
“CSIR Still Has No Head. And It’s Directly Under The PM!”

Sunday afternoon was a wrong choice of day. It meant that the popular local coffee house was full and it was left to the enterprising Vinamra Agarwal to guide the rest to the new Cafe Coffee Day in Gomti Nagar. And so our chai pe charcha with coffee.

Everyone admitted they had voted for Narendra Modi in 2014. A year on, there is unanimity that there is more rhetoric in the air than action on the ground. But they are willing to give him time, and hope he delivers on the promise that he embodied.

“Everyone expected big bang changes,” says Vinamra, director of a 42-year-old transformer manufacturing company. “But just because changes did not happen overnight, it would be unfair to dismiss Modi as a failure. He should have delivered a lot more by now, but Modi’s done his bit at the macro level. The initiatives he has taken to push Make in India merit appreciation too.”

A significant change Vinamra says being talked about in business circles in Delhi is that corruption has been curbed drastically at the policy planning level; you...



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