Wednesday, January 14, 2009


That's my nickname for a southern Indian state (no prizes for guessing which) where a recently controversial IT services company is HQ'd that bears many similarities for people looking to do business there with Suharto's Indonesia.
A slight difference is that because of our being a democracy, businessmen need to walk a tightrope and appropriately "incentivize" both sides of the legislative aisle - the payoffs of earlier times now look positively puny in comparison with the returns sought and often realised by politicians who are also directly and indirectly businessmen!
This will be a real test of our national political will but also a great opportunity to send out a strong message to those who might try the same thing in future ...

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