Inner party democracy

I wonder how long it will be before this minister says she was misquoted? Oh well — for as long as it lasts:

On the day the Bombay High Court lifted the ban on Maggi noodles, Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal has criticised the way the issue has been handled by her own government, saying there is a fear psychosis in industry and signs of a return of ‘inspector raj’.

Speaking to NDTV, Ms Badal, when asked for her reaction to the government’s Rs. 640 crore-class action suit against Nestle, said, “This has created a fear psychosis in the industry. It’s like the Inspector raj.”

“In the name of health, industry should not be harassed,” she said, criticising the food regulator.  Ms Badal said the biggest problem is a lack of transparency in the system which had no clear set of protocols, saying it was time to harmonise systems with intentional standards.


4 thoughts on “Inner party democracy

  1. It is a sad state of ‘development’ in our country that everyone want to administer, and no one wants to do anything, in spite of the hoopla about ‘make in India’. This ‘disease’ is spreading in all places – industry, education, health, even sports and religion. Happy to note that even the honorable minister finds this annoying.

  2. Funny you should mention this. I was hoping that Patanjali would win in the end, no matter what they had to do 😀
    And off-topic, I just got a call from seemingly triumphant school authorities about my daughter’s biometric (aadhaar number etc) data and I said nothing doing. But I stand on precarious grounds. What do you think? Should I finally let them do it? Or should I wait till our Kangaroo courts decide anything?

    • Well, I’d advocate waiting — but it *is* a child’s education and who knows what your school authorities are capable of? (And this is exactly how they bend, then break, us).

      • Yes, will cc you the mail I sent today :D. My daughter had high fever, but they insisted there are rules to be followed. I asked my old man dad to fetch her from the school since I was unable to walk today. When he went there, he was completely baffled by their homilies to him about rules.
        Here is the funniest thing, it is a christian school and they are probably more “patriotic” these days than anyone else in this region. Never mind, there is too much too say and my daughter is still to young and should not be subject to this, but if she is, she is my daughter, even at the age of 6. Let us see… we will neither bend nor break.. neither of us haha..

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