Is The Bahu In Trouble

Updated: May 31 2002, 05:30am hrs
When the Tatas bagged VSNL, the acquisition had been compared to a swayamvar, with the industrial house taking the bride away. In fact, at the signing ceremony in February, the main participants in the divestment were role playing good-naturedly. So we had then VSNL chairman S K Gupta, communications and infotech minister Pramod Mahajan, and Tata group chairman Ratan Tata all chipping in with appropriate utterances.

In many ways, the VSNL divestment is like the marriage of a daughter raised by her parents and educated well, she perhaps turned into the highest earning member of the family. Then, one fine day, the parents decided to hand her over in marriage, was what Mr Gupta had said. The new family (aka the Tatas), Mr Gupta had hoped, would take good care of the daughter. To this, Mr Tata had assuredly stated: Like an obedient son-in-law, I would like to assure my father-in-law that we will maintain the values that VSNL has stood for over the years.

Now, with the announcement that VSNL would invest Rs 1,200 crore in Tata Teleservices, a not-so-profitable Tata company, some are wondering whether the in-laws have indeed begun ill-treating the daughter-in-law What say you, Mr Tata

UP In Mayajaal

That Mayawati has no love lost for inconvenient babus became evident in her previous reign when quite a few were shunted out. This time round too, the spate of transfers continues unabated, creating a fear psychosis in the bureaucracys hearts and minds. Indeed, many have pre-empted their transfers by asking for deputations outside of UP.

But to give Behenji credit, the projects conceived by her do achieve closure within no time at all. During her last tenure as CM, she arranged to have more than two dozen airstrips built in the state, notwithstanding the absence of basic drinking water and electricity in most of rural UP. And now a new record has been set! Within 24 hours did the district administration make a pucca road leading to Maya Memsahibs orchard in Bullundshahar. Of course, theres a perpetual paucity of funds when it comes to improving rural-urban connectivity.