Kejriwal, media flit from issue to issue: Premji

Social activist-turned politician Arvind Kejriwal, ably aided by the media in recent weeks, may have won many admirers in India, but Wipro Chairman Azim Hashim Premji is obviously impressed by either. 

On Friday, India’s famed IT entrepreneur and philanthropist hit out both the India Against Corruption crusader and the media for their “inconsistent” approach to pressing national issues.

“The media, like Kejriwal, flips from topic to topic. I would strongly request the media to follow up issues that they take up,” he told reporters in Bangalore during a press meet convened after the declaration of the company’s second quarter results on Friday.

He also said recent allegations of “crony capitalism” have left the government in a quandary. “Things are no better; things are no worse than they have been in the past two years.”

To a pointed question if the Centre’s image has been affected by the “exposes” on Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, he was equally candid: “The government’s image has certainly not been elevated.”

Asked about India’s economic and political situation, he welcomed the slew of reforms announced as steps in the right direction, but said that a lot lies in execution of policies, apart from a “constructive” approach by the Opposition within Parliament (during the ensuing Winter session) and bureaucrats taking on more responsibility.


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