Protect civil liberties: Mahindra speaks at Haryana global meet

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who was the chief guest at the event, reiterated the point and suggested long-term solutions to such “social challenges”.

Written by Sakshi Dayal | New Delhi | Published:March 8, 2016 3:25 am
Union Ministers Suresh Prabhu, Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley with Haryana CM Manohar Lal in Gurgaon. (Express Photo: Manoj Kumar) Union Ministers Suresh Prabhu, Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley with Haryana CM Manohar Lal in Gurgaon. (Express Photo: Manoj Kumar)

The recent Jat agitation in Haryana dampened proceedings on the first day of the ‘Happening Haryana: Global Investors Summit’ in Gurgaon Monday, with several speakers expressing concern over the impact such unrest could have on the confidence of investors.

“Before anything else, investors always look for security and a stable law-and-order situation and I would be dishonest if I did not say that recent events in the state did cast a shadow on that front. We support you and the state must ensure civil liberties are not encroached upon and the people’s social liberty and the social fabric is held intact,” said Anand Mahindra, chairman, Mahindra and Mahindra.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who was the chief guest at the event, reiterated the point and suggested long-term solutions to such “social challenges”.

“We must bear in mind that when social challenges emerge, one of the principal reasons they emerge is on account of inequalities between communities, regions or different sets of people.

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Therefore, this development that is taking place in some geographical parts of the state has effectively to be addressed in some other parts of the state. I think it is extremely important that the network of educational institutions in those parts of the state be expanded,” he said.

Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu, meanwhile, highlighted the consequences such social unrest could have on investment. “What happened in the recent past in Haryana should never be allowed to be repeated.There is nothing wrong in making a demand, asking for anything, but there is a democratic method and everybody has to follow otherwise the name will be spoilt,” he said.

Elaborating on the idea of individual cases impacting the image of the whole, he added, “Some people are discussing about some universities. There are 740 universities in the country, 737 university students are focusing their attention on study, academic excellence only, nothing else, everything is peaceful, but because of happenings in some places, the image is gone.”

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal also spoke of the Jat agitation in the context of the doubts it created in his mind with regard to the two-day summit.

“Many people in and outside the government asked me to reconsider holding this summit. They felt that we would not get the response we were hoping for from our investors’ community. For a while, I wavered. but then I knew that right action was to carry on with the summit. natural calamities, and law-and-order disturbances are risks always in all locations of the world. What really matters is how the government responds. I was confident we had done the right thing by our people and our investors in the most challenging times in the history of Haryana,” he said.

The summit, however, did manage to secure major investments, including an MOU of Rs 110 crore from the DLF Foundation and three MOUs worth Rs 45,000 crore from the Gurgaon-based M3M Group, which emerged as the largest Indian investor. The largest global investor was Chinese real estate giant Wanda which committed approximately Rs 60,000 crore.

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    Indiana Jones
    Mar 8, 2016 at 2:59 am
    Haryana has the most suitable environment for investment. The violence will keep happening , they have poorly performed on almost all human development indices, but they have successfully ensured beef ban! What else do you want?
  2. V
    Mar 9, 2016 at 5:14 pm
    All countrymen, This global invest really misshapening in history of haryana why? see Farmers are not ready to give possession of their fertile lands and protesting more than 5 years? the previous agitation cl having true owners of purposed land stakeholders? most of lands are sub-judice hence lapsed in term of acquisition proceeding? Protests is continue on issue based and govt. is on backfoot and avoid dialouge nearly failed alike hold maintain law and order and it will be same due to illegality and concealment of facts before foreign companies who must be aware and precautionary
  3. V
    Mar 9, 2016 at 5:21 pm
    M.P of BJP ashwani and Rajkumar boycotts this global event publically along leader of oposition that opens the debates on sub-judice purposed land required for such deals under shadow of democratic and peril. BJP invites law discussion on issue that reservation will be applicable in private, MNC companies and situation in haryana is quite not welcome and ready for acceptance. where will be implemented such MOU? OCHAM warned and BCCI also precautuoinary. Wanda full protests in haryana see how god help this situation
  4. M
    madan gupta
    Mar 7, 2016 at 11:45 pm
    लीडर लोग ही यह लड़ाई दंगा करवाते हैं. आरक्षण के बहाने वोट अपने पक्ष में करते हैं. ऐसे जगह कोई आदमी अपना व्यापार न खोले ताकि इन लीडरों को सबक मिले. फिर ५० % आरक्षण मांगते हैं. यानि के आधे लोग सरकारी नोकरी की तरह काम नहीं करेंगें . लोग देश से बाहर पिसे लगाये तो अच्छा है. को घी हजम नहीं होता. हर जाती आज आरक्षण की मांग कर रही है और ले भी रही है. एक नालिक को एक विद्वान के उपर बिठा दिता जाता है. ६५ साल से यह सिल्सिल्ला चल रहा है.
  5. R
    Mar 8, 2016 at 3:56 am
    The Arun Jaitley(s) and Venkhia Naidu(s) of the BJP talk sense but that is apparently all they do or are allowed to do by the worthies in Nagpur who are actually pulling the party's strings. The alienation of the minorities, especially the 170 or so million Muslims continues apace in the course of the hard core Hindutva brigade's bid to use the opportunity of wielding power, thanks to PM Modi's tall promises on the economic front which was swallowed, hook, line and sinker, by even those who normally have no connections with Sangh parivar, in 2014. Today we see that because of the anti-Muslim pronouncements and actions of the Hindu extremists within the ruling party, the option of making our country investor friendly or not is slowly but surely being ped on to the leaders of the Muslim minority.
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