Another M is good for N!

The Nano finally has a home in Gujarat.

Industrial powerhouses like Tatas and Mahindras are known for fulfilling their corporate responsibility, both towards society and ecology. It is conscionable that Ratan Tata refused to run a factory in an antagonistic environment. He is in the business of setting up industrial complexes, not forts.

What Bengal has missed (blame whomsoever you want) is “an agriculture and marine biology research centre in the state” and “an ITI near the Nano plant for training workers”. Gujarat just had 10,000 less unemployed youth. The Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation has kicked off a general development program around Sanand to balance and enhance the factory complex that Tata Motors would be setting up. A railway hub is coming up nearby and rest assured it will figure on the roadway network too.

Meanwhile, Yechury of the communists has spoken a brilliant one-liner.

You cannot go into an area and say I will build my house only if everyone gives the assurance that it will not be burgled.

I was left breathless – is that how the communists have ruled Bengal for more than thirty years? Yechury says the Bengal Government promised security to the Tatas. We know how good that security is: ask the thousands of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants who come to Mumbai every year via a Dhaka-Mumbai flight.

Meanwhile, here’s wishingĀ  Mamata and her farmers good luck as they fill (at least) Bengal’s grain silos with rice, now that they have their land back.

updated on 18/10/2008, 9:15 PM

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10 thoughts on “Another M is good for N!

  1. Varun

    I agree. Wonder why Maharashtra did not go for the Nano. I guess, Vilasrao Deshmukh was busy playing petty politics with Narayan Rane

  2. Haridas Dave

    @ Varun: And what would have Vilasrao Deshmukh offered Tata. Huge wastelands with no infrastructure, no power, local clout. Personally I feel the industries in Maharashtra are not running because of the Government, they are running Inspite of the Government !! Its a miracle existing in Maharashtra where just 100 kms away from Mumbai (India’s largest commercial center) exists sea of villages facing 6-8 hrs of power cut in residential and 34 hr weekly power cut in industries. Where the Industrial Development Center and Pollution Control Board are too busy filling their pockets than truly doing what is required to Develop a Industrial Area. Switching to Gujarat, to a non-corrupt, good governed state is the best any industry can ask for …

  3. Rohit Post author

    @Dave, don’t celebrate just yet. Sustainable and inclusive growth – lets see if that happens. There is a good reason why Gujaratis have migrated as far as Kolkata instead of doing business in Gujarat.

    No matter what anyone says and no matter how much you progress, Gujarat is still home to a project that is most damaging, from an ecological and humanitarian point of view.

    Tata already has a lot of assets in Maharashtra. I believe he would have not come here even if Deshmukh had offered him the three kingdoms. It makes good business sense to spread out your assets.

    And look a little deeper at the causes of the malaise you have mentioned – who steals power? Who bribes the officers? The indigenous people or the traders and business community. I’m not taking names, but feel free to draw your conclusions.

    And if you feel that Gujarat has become the epitome of development, feel free to migrate – we would be happy to see Mumbai’s non-indigenous population reduce.

  4. Haridas Dave

    1. I would not like to argue for the sake of arguing.

    2. Sustainable and inclusive growth would take place when there is growth in the first place. And aren’t it like finding the dark spots on the perfect moon. No matter how many things are achieved or attained, there are always going to be people and critics who are going to point about things which are not there. We are ultra – cynical in that matter.

    3. Tata did not go to Gujarat to spread his assets. He went because his dream of a cheap car required plans and actions never envisaged before. Maharashtra could have fulfilled it at one point of time say even 10 years back. But under Vilasrao Deshmukh and in the present situation, I don’t think so.

    4. The malaise which I have mentioned is underlying Indian bureaucracy. The business community does not intend on stealing power if it is available easily and at affordable rates (and believe if rates are not affordable they are not resorting to easy malpractices). It is not in favor of giving bribes if the work can be completed within the stipulated time without unnecessary hurdles and clarity about the things to be done. Its not Gujarat is free of corruption. But its not there at the grass-root level. People working in interaction with the general public don’t harass, and I am not saying on hear-say basis but based on my experiences.

    5. What is with the Us against you? The non-indigenous population?
    Yes if Gujarat is developing its good, not just for us but for the country. It is showing a model for others to follow. Its shows that the same people with a renewed determination and zeal can change things around. It’s a way forward. Someday we might really move on to Gujarat but it would be on our desire. Until then like it or not, we are here to stay !!

  5. Rohit Post author

    We may not be in touch with babudom and commerce chambers as much as you, for we don’t run factories, but tell me truly whether you are not trumpeting a bit too loudly?

    Maybe you should first decide whether you are tarring the state of Maharashtra or its current administration.

    This list and this car say that Maharashtra doesn’t deserve your comments like “huge wastelands with no infrastructure”.

    You are sure Gujarat could realize the “dream of a cheap car” which “required plans and actions never envisaged before”. I know you can find and absorb information about it – so do tell us what are the aspects of a kei class car production that Gujarat will excel and Maharashtra will fail in.

    As for the “us versus them” comment, it is because people come here and prosper – no complaints about that, because its your sweat. But when you try to take the prosperity back to your homeland instead of investing it back here, then we must draw a line.

  6. Vidyadhar

    @Bhute- Legaya Legaya Legaya!

    @Varun- I am speechless about Vilasrao and his Maratha Lobby politics alongwith chatugiri with Sonia.

    @Dave- Well, I have written and explained a lot about the point which Bhute has put forward and thus everyone knows my viewpoint about it.
    About the point that you raised, I wonder why you say the facts in such degrading manner. Actually it is your comment which is ultra-cynical.
    I always say when you blame government, its you whom you are blaming. Whenyou say, if everything was picture perfect businessmen wouldn’t have opted for malpractices. This is utter nonsense, I mean how did the system corroded in first place. Who did it? Did the babus first asked for money or Some Glorified shrewd and Self described Selfish tycoon started this with his deft manipulation of system? Now, people glorify him as he tore apart the license raaj? What a tiger? No one wants to see how big a damage has he caused to entire nation. I know people tear me apart whenever I say this, as many think of him as their ideal.
    But to clear the other point, its just been the beginning for Gujarat with this large industrialisation. Some Dhirubhai may be in making there, who will F**k the system there and then you tell me how easy it is doing business in there!

    I still agree with you, that its really bad situation in Maharashtra, but the manner in which you make comments, it indicates that you are do not feel like belonging to Maharashtra, you comment like a third party, which is alarming. It is as if, you are here just to reap benefits and once everything falls, you will collect your belongings and run to somehwere else, where there will be prosperity. I say this, because, no one degrades one’s own house, one may critique and complain, and if possible do one;s bit to improve it. But only tenants are the ones who complain and Owner’s are the ones who really care about it.

    I think I have written Enough.

    P.S. – @ Bhute – I did not know of these late developements on your blog. Thus late comment.

  7. Vidyadhar

    and one more thing!

    First Nano is still to be rolled out from Maharashtra. Pune Plant, I guess there is no infrastructure problem, which is preventing them from production, which is actually out of normal schedule!

  8. Amey Kulkarni

    @Dave: Problem with business is existent all over India. Doing business report doesn’t rate India very well.
    And for that matter, Mumbai is the easiest place to start a business. As far as Maharashtra is concerned, I am sure what is Maharashtra without Mumbai not that it will become a Bihar.

    You may have had problems running your own industry but, teh fact is that Maharashtra is the richest and the most industrialised state in India partly because of the contribution of maverick Gujju businessmen

  9. Haridas Dave

    Well the fact is there is a overwhelming love for this state which makes me not to leave it. I have said it in the past and would say it in the future as well, Maharashtra and Gujarat are the states where even if I don’t have a single penny in my pocket (for that matter hordes of money), still I would not be fearful of roaming about. I mean there is a unbelievable comfort level. Its the comfort with the place, with the people, with the language, I mean there are so many things I just adore. I truly am lucky to be born in this “MAHAN” “RASHTRA”. The love Narendra Modi often expresses for Gujarat, the same way I could go on and on about Maharashtra. Its culture, its saints, its landscape …

    I agree I have sounded uncharacteristically cynical about the industrial development in Maharashtra. There are always going to be problems in running any industry anywhere. And I am sure I am not the first one to come across it. There is no reason to be cynical because in the same atmosphere too many people have earned a fortune or build splendid businesses. There are issues with the way the administration is done or things are organised at the local level. But then like rightly pointed out, the onus lies on us as well as to where we want to take this state.

    I am sorry if I have misrepresented the things which I wanted to talk about. Maybe at some point later I could put it unambiguously what I really intended to tell.

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