During his stint in the Rajya Sabha (1988-1994) Kamal Morarka had occasion to sit on both sides of the House at one of the defining points of time in India’s economy and polity. His speeches on the impact of the newly introduced economic liberalization, divestment of public sector units, handling of Kashmir, the stock exchange scam and governance in general are as relevant today as they were then.About the Author
Samajwadi Janata Party (Rashtriya) President and Chairman of the Gannon Dunkerley Group, Kamal Morarka was Union Minister in the Chandra Shekhar Government and Rajya Sabha Member during the tumultuous 1990s. As a Parliamentarian (1988-1992) and Minister, Morarka’s speeches and replies reflected his vast reading, knowledge of the economy and more importantly, his concern that the ordinary citizen should not get short shrift from the law makers and bureaucrats. As an industrialist, newspaper proprietor (Afternoon Dispatch & Courier and Chauthi Duniya) politician and part of the think tank Centre for Policy Analysis (http://cpadelhi.org/home.htm) he continues to read voraciously, intervene effectively in issues of concern and follow the ideals of Dr Ram Manohar Lohia, Jai Prakash Narayan and Acharya Narendra Dev.
He has also served on Government Committees like the Refractories Panel of the Government of India, Standing Committee of the State Advisory Council of Industries, Government of Maharashtra, State Advisory Board for Tourism, Government of Maharashtra and the Governing Body of National Productivity Council. He was President of All India Manufacturer’s Organisation in 1989-90, President of Indian Council of Foreign Trade and Vice-President of All India Association of Industries and President of National Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs.
Shri Morarka chairs a number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that work for water conservation and harvesting in Rajasthan, wildlife research (he is an avid wildlife photographer), arts and crafts and organic farming and research. He blogs on www.kamalmorarka.com/About the Editor
Lina Mathias is currently Senior Assistant Editor, Economic & Political Weekly (EPW) and has worked for a number of newspapers including the Free Press Journal, Sunday Observer, The Independent, The Indian Post, Mid-Day and Hindustan Times.
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