Gurugram, December 2, 2019

Dear Sir,

I am a common man. I don’t expect you to read or bother about what a common man writes. Yet, I could not help writing this letter. I know, you are a very busy person. I have tried to be as brief as possible.

Sir, you are one of the foremost industrialists of this country. Whatever you say carries weight. Naturally, what you stated at an award function in Mumbai on November 30 about your impression of the UPA government and the present government has attracted a lot of attention.

You stated that in UPA 2, industrialists could criticise anyone but now there is an atmosphere of fear and people are afraid to criticise the government. I understand, you are worried about the falling growth rate of the economy.

Sir, I want to ask a few questions:

  • Did you or any member of your fraternity ever criticise UPA govt for rampant corruption?


  • Did you or any member of your fraternity ever criticise the UPA government for remote control being in the hands of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi?


  • Was this form of parliamentary democracy ideally suited to India?


  • Did you or any member of your fraternity ever criticise those industrialists and businessmen who have looted money from banks and cheated public and thereby contributed to the current economic crisis?


  • Don’t you think that you are speaking the language of leftists, pseudo intellectuals (writers, film actors, etc,), so-called liberals and other irresponsible politicians who have been making false allegations of intolerance?


  • Will you please disclose names of industrialists and businessmen who criticised Modi Government and were punished?


Sir, recently some powerful industries have been arrested. Extradition proceedings are going on against some big names who looted money and fled India. Hope, you will not cite examples of those who are being investigated for their economic offences in support of your allegation.


With kind regards.


Yours faithfully

Devendra Narain

A common man





Written by Devendra Narain
Date of birth: January 1, 1941 Educational qualification: Master of Arts (First Class) in Political Science Visiting Fellow: (one year, 1978-79), University of Oxford, UK. Job Experience: Teaching job: Lecturer in Political Science, Patna University (February 1963 to October 1965) Indian Revenue Service: November 1965 to December 2000. Important positions held in Government of India: Head of the Project Appraisal Division (Planning Commission), Head of the Project Monitoring Division and Joint Secretary/Additional Secretary (Department of Programme Implementation), Chief Commissioner of Income Tax and Member, Appellate Tribunal for Forfeited Property. Retired from Government of India on December 31, 2002, as Member, Appellate Tribunal for Forfeited Property. Experience as trainer: more than 50 national and international training programmes on project management International Experience: Indian member of Inter-governmental committee on project management system by the Commonwealth Secretariat in 1985; Member of Indian delegation to the (erstwhile) Soviet Union (1986) Area of expertise: Project Management (ex-ante Project Appraisal, CBA, Monitoring, ex-post evaluation). Experience as author: Co-author of a book on Indian Constitution in 1970 (now out of print); More than two dozen articles on different aspects of project management; 11 stories (10 satirical and one serious) in English and Hindi, published in leading magazines and a leading Hindi newspaper. Presently writing articles on social, political, economic and administrative issues available on my website and LinkedIn. Website: Present on social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) Published collection of short stories in Hindi: "ये टेढ़े मेढ़े रास्ते". Paperback available on Amazon and Flipkart; ebook available on Amazon.