In the West, particularly in the United States, the left is spearheading the culture of cancellation, in India the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its affiliates appear to have supported the practice of mass cancellation a person, a company, a group, etc., relentlessly defaming them and putting pressure on them socially. In our country, the pressure can also be political. IT major Infosys is the latest victim.
In his latest cover story, RSS spokesman Panchajanya fiercely criticized Infosys over the inadequacies of the income tax portal the company created for the finance ministry. Panchajanya sees dangerous plots in what, at worst, can be described as the botched execution of a mission by the IT Major.
Denigrating Infosys not for the problems of the income tax website, but also for the less than optimal performance of the GST website and that of the Department of Commercial Affairs, the article said: “When these things happen repeatedly, this can only arouse suspicion. There are accusations that the management of Infosys is deliberately trying to destabilize the Indian economy … Could it be that an anti-national power is trying to harm India’s economic interests through Infosys? “
Interestingly, the RSS spokesperson points out that he has no solid evidence to support his charge against Infosys, but the history and circumstances of the company suggest there is some truth to the charge. “Infosys is accused of providing assistance to the Naxals, the leftists and the Tukde Tukde Gang. The question of Infosys directly or indirectly supporting the dividing forces in the country has already come to light. It is believed [that] disinformation websites… are funded by Infosys.
He went on to say: “Some organizations that propagate caste hatred are also beneficiaries of the Infosys charity. Shouldn’t we ask the promoters of Infosys the reason for its funding of anti-national and anarchist organizations? Should companies of such a suspicious nature be allowed to participate in the government’s tendering process? “
The magazine’s indictment is quite long: “One of the promoters of Infosys is Nandan Nilekani who challenged Lok Sabha’s polls on a congressional ticket. The opposition of the founder of the company NR Narayana Murthy to the ideology of the government in place is not hidden from anyone. Infosys appoints people who subscribe to a certain ideology to important positions… If such a company obtains important government tenders, would there not be a threat of influence from China and the ISI?
The wild array of allegations against Infosys raises four questions. First of all, if the RSS spokesman is sure of the veracity of his own allegations, why does he not convince his ideological brothers in the government to prosecute his high ranking officers with Murthy and Nilekani?
Second, if traitors and other criminals are lurking openly, why does the government not act against them? Third, would the RSS spokesperson criticize the government for letting them operate without any consequences? And, finally, would the RSS spokesperson slander any industrialist who does not subscribe to “the ideology of the government in place”?
Typically, the Panchajanya salvo was followed by the denial of the RSS. Sunil Ambekar, All India Prachaar Pramukh (Head of Communications) of RSS, stressed that his organization does not share the views expressed in Panchjanya’s coverage: “As an Indian company, Infosys has a significant contribution to the progress of the India. There may be problems regarding the portal operated by Infosys, but the articles published in this context in Panchjanya are the personal opinions of the author.
In fact, he went on to say that “Panchajanya is not a spokesperson for the RSS…” You have to be extremely naive, if not downright stupid, to believe it.
This is a typical ploy that many organizations adopt: let a junior official (sometimes physically) beat someone they don’t approve of, and then say the organization doesn’t tolerate such action.
Perhaps the powers that be are unhappy with Infosys. The glitches in the income tax portal may have been a good excuse to demean and slander the company. A few weeks earlier, for example, the government ‘summoned’ its CEO and informed the world of the convocation: ‘The Ministry of Finance summoned Sh Salil Parekh, MD & CEO @Infosys on 08/23/2021 to explain FM explains why, even after 2.5 months since the launch of the new e-filing portal, the portal’s problems have not been resolved. In fact, as of 08/21/2021, the portal itself is no longer available.
As if Parekh was working for al Qaeda, and the issue was about national security and not about the dysfunction of a government website. A company can be fined, or even blacklisted, if it does not meet its obligations while providing a service, but accusing it of treason is gravely reprehensible. Potential investors are certainly not enthusiastic about investing their money in India.
This is not how the waiver of power should treat the nation’s creators of wealth. Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants the creators of wealth to be respected; he also wants India to become a $ 4 trillion economy by 2023-24 and for business people to participate in the Make in India program. For this, he must ensure that his desire goes hand in hand with action. The unnecessary and irresponsible accusations made by people considered close to the government not only frighten the industry, but also alter the investment climate.
India has enough problems of its own. Canceling culture is something we can do without.
The opinions expressed above are those of the author.
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