I say, ""Really? Let's return the favour!""
Read on for a saga from Nehru to Sonia, how they treated HAL & say,
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
Bear with me
I will tell you a story that reveals utter hypocrisy & HAL
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
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
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!
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
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"
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!!!
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
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
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
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
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
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?
June 04, 1971: A company called Maruti Motors Ltd (MML) was incorporated.
Sanjay & Sonia Gandhi as Directors
MML won the license!
HAL workers enthusiastically took the initiative in 1964
The family killed that work culture
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
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
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
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