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India lacks leadership, direction: Ratan Tata

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 28, 2013
First Published: 21:13 IST(28/8/2013) | Last Updated: 23:24 IST(28/8/2013)

India has lost the confidence of the world and the country did not have a leadership that is leading from the front, former chairman of the Tata Group Ratan Tata has said.

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The comments were made by Tata in an interview on a news channel.

“A leader must assert himself. He has held country’s esteem high but at recent times we have lost that esteem. We have lost the confidence of the world. We have been slow to recognise that in the government,” Tata said when asked about Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s silence on investors losing confidence.

Tata, who is also the chief adviser to the board of AirAsia India, said, “The government has issued policy which the vested interests, quite often in private sector, have changed, delayed or manipulated that policy. If the policies implemented as those are written, it would be good for the country.”

“There are leaders who I have respected all through my life for their public life. But something has happened that has diffused this leadership. We don’t have leadership that we have been talking about, that is leading from the front,” he said.

“We should have one view...the team has been pulling in different directions; allies are pulling in different directions,” he said on pressure groups within the government.

Talking about Singh’s leadership, Tata said, “The issue is has the leadership team stood together and worked together to lead the country forward. Perhaps, the team has not leading in one direction; it was pulling in different direction. States are pulling in one direction, allies are pulling in different direction, many heads of the portfolios in the government are pulling in different directions. We are not any longer looking ourselves as one India.”

On Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, he said, “I think in Gujarat he has proven his leadership and he has moved Gujarat into a position of prominence. I am not in a position to gaze what he would do in a country.”

Recollecting the 1991 reforms, when “the brave moves were made”, he said, “It’s the same team. What has happened in my view is that there have been forces ...too many competing interests. By and large, whatever is happening should be looked at to the benefit of the people of India not to few vested interests in India”.


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