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Business of Business Is Not Just Business

Lobbying Universe in India

The phenomenal growth of lobbying in India indulged by various corporations, including the most prominent ones, has raised questions about its ethical, social, and political dimensions. These corporations argue that their lobbying activities—as it is done in their Western counterparts—increase transparency in the Indian policy formulations. The paper traces the beginning and the evolution of lobbying in India and the role of the institutions in formalising them. It also encapsulates the recent public discourse on lobbying within and outside the Indian Parliament.

The paper is part of the study conducted by the author during his research curriculum at the Department of Management Studies and Industrial Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad, India.

The views expressed here are of the author’s own.

There is adequate circumstantial evidence to infer that “lobbying” is a taboo word in the Indian public sphere (Shukla 2015). The overwhelming perception of lobbying in India is that it interferes with the legal and ethical parameters of a decision-making process. Late Arun Jaitley, the then leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha,1 while participating in a short-duration discussion on lobbying, stated,

Lobbying is the art of persuading a Government to come to a particular decision. Persuasion is possible on the strength of arguments; persuasion is also possible through collateral considerations.2 

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Updated On : 9th Feb, 2024
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