In the aftermath of the 2G Scam and Radiagate, Rajeev Chandrasekhar (Rajya Sabha MP) and Ratan Tata (Chairman, Tata Group) exchange heated letters in the public domain.
Press Statement by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Member of Parliament on 16 December 2010
“The investigation is a national priority. The recovery of the lost money is a National Priority.”
I had originally planned to reply in detail to Mr. Ratan Tata’s response to my open letter, but in view of the Supreme Court statement today, I have decided against a continued public exchange of letters, because I do not wish to distract media and public from the recently launched and ongoing investigation into the Spectrum Scam(s), or give the false impression that this is a corporate war. The investigation is a national priority. The recovery of the lost money is a National Priority.
Letter #3 on 9 December 2010: Rajeev Chandrasekhar to Ratan Tata
“The yawning gap between what you say in public and what your companies do…”
Dear Mr. Tata,
I welcome your joining this debate. It is an important one and needs to be settled in full public view. Unfortunately, your response is a typical one that ducks the main issues and instead attempts to shoot the messenger!
I am only disappointed, but no longer surprised, that in sharp contrast to my efforts to go out of the way to keep this debate relating to facts and policy discussions – your letter is intensely personal, attributes feeble motives…
Letter #2 on 8 December 2010: Ratan Tata to Rajeev Chandrashekhar
“Your letter is based on untruths and distortion of facts...”
I am currently overseas and have just seen a copy of the open letter you have addressed to me with copies to the entire media community. This is of course in keeping with the current trend of attempted character assasination through widespread media publicity couched in pain and concern for upholding ethics and values. Your letter is based on untruths and distortion of facts and I feel compelled to place the real facts, as bluntly as possible…
Letter #1 on 6 December 2010: Rajeev Chandrasekhar to Ratan Tata
“Your company was the beneficiary of this ‘policy flip-flop’”
Dear Mr. Tata
It is with considerable concern and some confusion that I have watched your recent television interviews and press statements following the 2G scam and the exposure of the infamous Nira Radia tapes.
I, as countless other Indians, have held the house of Tatas in great esteem and respect—have seen them as being different from so many other Indian corporates that play by a different set of rules and values. I, along with many Indians, consider J.R.D. Tata as one of the true builders of modern India.
So, it is with considerable sadness and dismay