Murli Manohar Joshi attacks govt’s Smart City push

Joshi criticised globalisation and the idea of smart cities, which is being pushed by the Modi government.

Written by Aranya Shankar | New Delhi | Published: December 9, 2015 2:22:33 am
File photo of Murli Manohar Joshi File photo of Murli Manohar Joshi

BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi Tuesday participated in an event to oppose the Narendra Modi government’s expected move to sign WTO-GATS (General Agreement on Trade and Services) in education sector during the 10th Ministerial Conference scheduled to be held in Nairobi from December 15.

Joshi criticised globalisation and the idea of smart cities, which is being pushed by the Modi government. “We also believe that bullet trains should be there, and smart cities should be created, but under what conditions? Globalisation is not working for the environment; it is not working for the poor. It cannot work, and it will not work. Ye pakhand (hypocrisy) hai,” he said, indirectly attacking the government.

He was speaking at National Convention in Defence of People’s Rights organised at Constitution Club of India by 20 organisations. Speaking at the forum, former BJP ideologue KN Govindacharya attacked the move to commit higher education to WTO-GATS, calling it a path towards “hell”.

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