ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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NEW DELHI-Indo-US Business Council-Public Postures and Private Purposes

NEW DELHI Indo-US Business Council Public Postures and Private Purposes B M THE performance of the US team led by Orville L Freeman at the session of the lndo-US Joint Business Council last week has received wide notice and evoked strong reaction in certain quarters. The blunt manner adopted by Freeman in stating the position of US capital if it is to invest in India, in contrast to the suave and sometimes even cringing style of his Indian counterparts in the Council, is a well-rehearsed posture. Those who have denounced the conduct of Freeman in voicing public criticism of Industry' Minister, George Fernandes, for blowing hot and cold over big business houses and foreign capital and have demanded even the disbandment of the Joint Council for that reason, would seem to be exercised over what in the view of those concerned with the business of the Council was so much trivia by comparison with the real issues at stake. Interestingly enough, some of the critics as well as admirers of George Fernandes think that Freeman has not harmed but actually enhanced the political image of the Industry Minister by his criticism and further reinforced Fernandes' pragmatic credentials.

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