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Some great man said, ""I have dismantled Modi’s image""
I say, ""Really? Let's return the favour!""

Read on for a saga from Nehru to Sonia, how they treated HAL & say,
#CongressNeverAgain

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Remember this?
When Rahul Gandhi went on ad nauseum about how Modi Sarkar gave HAL a raw deal in the Rafale deal?

Here's a link for those of you who don’t remember

ndtv.com/india-news/rah…

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For Pidis, here's the video & the transcript from the INC website
inc.in/en/media/speec…

Bear with me
I will tell you a story that reveals utter hypocrisy & HAL

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In the 1950s, India had 3 car companies with ""license"" to produce just 1 model each:

Hindustan Motors produced HM Ambassador

Premier Automoiles produced Premier Padmini &

Standard Motors the Standard 10

These were ""upmarket cars"", not affordable for the middle class

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To those born after PVN Rao was PM, a note:
License Raj meant the Govt decided the maximum you could produce & gave quotas for key raw material, like cement & steel to construct your factory
This was depressing
Inspectors kept inspecting
Finding faults
Collecting bribes

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The wait for cars, scooters, telephones & gas connections were over a decade
Knowing the ""right person"" was critical
Local MLAs had sought after quotas to dispense telephones & gas cylinders
Like mini Rajas
Having access to the ruling class gave access to the good life

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@BadaniVishal The GDP hovered around 3.5% as the socialist Govt followed the USSR's planned economy model

For some strange reason, ""intellectuals"" in India & abroad, led by Vikas Mishra & Robert MacNamara, called it "Hindu rate of growth"
The Hindu way of life was at fault!

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@BadaniVishal Coming back:
In the US, Henry Ford had introduced the T-model
In Germany, Hitler had brought out Volkswagen (the people's car) before WW2
Both were cheap, affordable. People loved them
A newly independent India clamoured to either produce or allow imports of affordable cars

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@BadaniVishal Nehru refused. The low-budget car was a luxury, he felt
Under pressure, he finally relented; A Govt committee called for proposals
24 responses were received from the Tatas, Mahindras. Even RaGa's HAL.
The overwhelmed committee asked for an extension to complete the "study"

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@BadaniVishal Nehru deemed the entire exercise a waste & refused
So the Committee disbanded inconclusively
The Corporates were irritated, shelved their plans as no license was forthcoming
But Engineers at HAL were excited & went ahead & designed a low-cost car
It took them 4 years!!!

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@BadaniVishal With a large pool of engineers, they even built it
Not one, they built a hundred
Yes, one hundred low-cost cars
In 1964, they rolled out this beauty

Nehru refused to consider a license & died soon after

We know how sensitive the ecosystem is about dead parivaar members

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@BadaniVishal So no one dared to speak of the low-cost car project

The car was "illegal", so HAL used it within their sprawling campus
In 1965 India went to war
As the war ended, Shastri died
Indira Gandhi ascended as PM

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@BadaniVishal Like her father, she opined
A low-cost car was not a priority, it was a luxury, as per Socialism
Never mind that the only 3 models in the market were double the price of a low-cost car
The HAL car languished
An enterprising initiative
Never granted a license to produce cars

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@BadaniVishal Till Sanjay Gandhi came of age

Interested in fast cars & planes
He returned from a 3-year internship at Rolls Royce & starts tinkering at a workshop in 1967
In 1968, the family gets an Italian bride
By 1970, Indira was convinced by her son that a low-cost car was needed

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@BadaniVishal In Nov 1970, two important things happened
The Govt called for proposals to grant a license to produce a low-cost car
Ford, Nissan & Renault rushed to bid for the nascent Indian market
The Govt then decided that they would grant the license only to an Indian entrepreneur

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@BadaniVishal Major Indian industrial houses applied

The other event of Nov 1970 was the formation of Maruti Technical Services Private Limited (MTSPL)
The two Directors were Sonia (still an Italian) & Sanjay
It was illegal for foreigners to be Directors or own stock
But who cares?

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@BadaniVishal May 1971: Cabinet proposed the production of a ‘People’s car’, a vehicle which had to be cheap, affordable, efficient and indigenously built.

June 04, 1971: A company called Maruti Motors Ltd (MML) was incorporated.
Sanjay & Sonia Gandhi as Directors

MML won the license!

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@BadaniVishal With no prior experience of building a car
No working prototype
No tie-up with a car maker
Not even a design proposal

Ignoring @RahulGandhi 's beloved HAL, his granny gave the license to his mamma & chacha

Family first is a time-honoured principle

The HAL car languished!

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@BadaniVishal @RahulGandhi If his great-grandfather or granny had just left HAL alone, not even Indian industry, just HAL, India (& HAL) would have produced & probably exported the world's cheapest cars

HAL workers enthusiastically took the initiative in 1964
The family killed that work culture

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@BadaniVishal @RahulGandhi So, next time @RahulGandhi goes to Minsk Square in B'lore
Apologise to HAL
And leave them alone
At least now
Actually, leave all of us alone
We're better off without you

I'm ending the thread here because this feels like cleaning a gutter
The muck just keeps oozing out

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@BadaniVishal @RahulGandhi I started the thread to show injustice to HAL

But there's so much nepotism, corruption, influence-peddling, rent-seeking
The closer you look, the uglier it is
Family First is the theme

It has eerie resemblance to what's happening today
And reaffirms #CongressNeverAgain

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@BadaniVishal @RahulGandhi Briefly, I'll walk you through the stink:
It was illegal for Sonia, a foreigner, to be Director or shareholder
She resigned on 21 January 1975
No penalty, just a resignation

Just like RaGa apologising to the SC
With no consequences

The family pays no penalty, after all
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@BadaniVishal @RahulGandhi MML, MTSPL had a cozy arrangement that raised funds from dealers
Paid the family as Salary and Perks
Till it was shut in 1978, they made about 40 cars
The company had bled dry, paying Salary & commissions
Revenue was from cement & steel quota sales
That's influence-peddling

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@BadaniVishal @RahulGandhi Maruti Heavy Vehicles Ltd (MHV) was floated in 1975 for building road rollers & components
Directors from the family
Another cozy arrangement
Salary + guaranteed commission + 1% of net profits
It collapsed thereafter
Again, influence-peddling

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@BadaniVishal @RahulGandhi Till the 60's, the family were purely rulers
The majestic aristocrats
But something in the 60's changed

They were being paid for being family members

Those gushing over RaGa can directly pay an annual indemnity or tithe to him
Their personal overlord, not India's

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@BadaniVishal @RahulGandhi To hand over the country to the family would be economic suicide

I expect the ecosystem to deny all this
Even though these were discussed in Parliament
Maybe another round of mass signing of protest letters against Modi

Whatever happens, remember
#CongressNeverAgain

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