Gurumurthy's writings have informed me about a lot of things - especially on the 'local' level functioning of small scale industries in India. They are simple case studies embedded in powerful narratives. I've admired him for his ability to stand-up against authority and embarass the Indian-commie 'intellectuals.' He is one of the few India columnists who pay so much attention to factual accuracy of their pointers. Of course, I now have some major disagreements with a lot of what he says (his incessant praise of the "Indian culture" not being least of it) - mostly ideological. I was running through some of this stuff and found this interview. Good wit is always good.
Can't we call some of our big industries also multinational companies?
I prefer an Indian dacoit to a foreign dacoit so long as we cannot avoid having dacoits around. I go that far. He will not bomb India while Dubai-based smugglers do....
You said, all industrialists amass wealth. So, what is the difference between an insider and an outsider?
All Indian politicians are corrupt? Then why not elect a foreigner as our prime minister?
Huh, ironically, the hook in his answer isn't all that bent, now, is it?
PS. The webpage reads "Rediff On The Net." Did/does rediff have any business beyond 'net?