24 November, 2020

Too Busy For Business

Vajpayee failed to capitalise on the business opportunity his New York visit provided for India

Too Busy For Business

HERE'S a small slice of fact that captures the essence of the misplaced priorities of Indian policy-makers. During his six-day visit to New York City, the capital of the capitalist world, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and his entourage chose to set apart a mere 45 minutes to deal with business. International business included.

Even that meeting, with some 20 leading lights of corporate America, chosen from the US-India Business Council and the India-America Chamber of Commerce, was chaotic, said many of the glitterati who attended the session in the New York Palace Hotel on Madison Avenue. The encounter was almost an afterthought—it was the last official event on Vajpayee's itinerary in the US before he flew out to Paris.

A stark contrast to another Indian politician, also in town, who made meeting with business leaders his main business. N. Chandrababu Naidu, chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, went about his task with extraordinary zeal. No such luck with Vajpayee, who was ensconced in his hotel meeting with, hold your...



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