Jio’s entry in the telecom industry was received with a huge fanfare as scores of people began lining up for securing connections when it started out. Three months of free talk-time was adored and appreciated by its users, apart from a range of quality services, inaugurating Reliance’s supremacy which was no match to its rivals — Airtel, Idea and Vodafone. Later, Jio started suffering losses as it started receiving customer dissatisfaction and disapproval for its decorating network and services, making Jio a one-time affair.
Still, our governments are putting their weight behind a few industrialists and corporations for the sake and pursuit of their political profile, rank and office. Shouldn’t there be an advocacy for accountability and transparency as none of our giant businesses are responsible enough to take a stand on addressing their failures and lapses, and are at best buying and playing a blame game that know no ends?
At any point of time, they can game the system by influencing the state apparatus and machinery as previously illustrated by tycoons including Vijay Mallya, Mehul Choksi, Nirav Modi and the list goes endless. Who are their godfathers or what brings these godfathers to the negotiating side, we would like to know. Why are we as conscious citizens, customers and subscribers bearing the burnt of their shenanigans? Are we anywhere at fault?
As for Uber and Ola, who are not letting the cab drivers take the return of their profit in the past few months, I have met many such faces who prefer not to speak up for the fear of being fired or terminated. Literally, there seems to be no end as we all plead guilty for being partners-in-crime.