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Indian Entrepreneurship

Public Enterprises and Bureaucracy IN my letter (April 29), I concentrated only on those aspects of Ramaswamy R Iyer's comments (August 20, 1994) on my paper (May 28, 1994) which specifically concern my paper. I naturally did not comment on the unsubstantiated/irrelevant observations made by him but only gave some examples. Iyer responds (June 24) by claiming that "I stand by the truth of that account" and by asking "what power can truth' or logic or reasonableness have over an obstinate adherence to myth and fable". What he now actually offers as evidence in support of his statements is that he has received "confirmatory and appreciative letters from a couple of distinguished contemporary observers/ actors". Henceforth one need not substantiate what one says: it seems it is enough to keep track of the number of confirmatory letters received! Following Iyer's style, I am prompted to say 'amazing performance', hut unlike him I am not left speechless. l really do not expect much from some of our senior' bureaucrats. We are aware of their culture to consider what bothers them as truth and what others say as myth. Iyer ignores that his account is not the only one known to tin teadcrs. Asmentioned in footnote number 3 in my paper, my discussion on the Planning and Development Division of the Fertiliser Corporation of India (P and D), which incidentally is only a very small par of my paper, is based on two studies. Neither of these studies supports what Iyer says. Between these two studies and what Iyer says, I have no hesitation in accepting the former because the opinions expressed are consistent with the logic and facts provided.

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