ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Collapse of Institutions

The message from the telecom war is that firms will leave no stone unturned to capture policymaking.

There is ugliness to the ongoing telecom war that gives the lie to the belief that the rapid growth of communications in the past decade is testimony to the correctness of government policy in a deregulated environment and to the sagacity and independence of the regulator, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). The multi-cornered tussle over the past two months has left no branch of the government untouched as individual players use every available tool and recruit every available agency to further their interests.

What does one say of the making of public policy when corporates fight with each other through the media, when one company regularly writes open letters to the prime minister, when one industry association runs to the courts at the smallest excuse and at other times withdraws from government committees, and individual arms of the government are more busy sniping at each other (again through the media) than in developing a coherent approach. The scene has become so murky that the Prime Minister’s Office too has been drawn into the imbroglio.

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