The opponents of foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail have found a new ally — social activist Anna Hazare, who is already at loggerheads with the government on the lokpal issue.
The Gandhian is not willing to cede any ground to multinationals on trade and censured the government for "inviting them to make us slaves again".
"The British came here for trading and commercial purposes and ruled this country for 150 years, how could the government forget it," Hazare told mediapersons at his village, Ralegan Siddhi, on Wednesday. It was unfortunate that government was inviting foreign companies for trade, Hazare added.
The anti-corruption activist was also unconvinced by the prime minister’s assurance that FDI would ultimately benefit farmers.
"This is not the way to protect farmers," he said.
"If the government was really concerned about farmers, why are they committing suicide 60 years after Independence?"