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If India has the market, Amazon's Bezos has the money

Filed on January 20, 2020 | Last updated on January 20, 2020 at 08.33 pm

The cold-shoulder given to Amazon's Jeff Bezos by the Indian government on his recent trip to the country was surprising (Bezos says will create one million new jobs in India; KT, Jan. 18). Neither the Indian prime minister nor any minister of his cabinet met him.

Bezos has announced investment of $1 billion in India. He is a genuine investor and among the richest men in the world. He has the capacity to invest more in India, create jobs that a young country needs.

India has a large market for his business, yes, and it could be a mutually symbiotic relationship. Therefore, I think Bezos should have been treated like an honoured guest.

A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) official complained that the Washington Post, owned by Bezos, has been critical of the policies of the government of India. It is not an argument worth making. We need to appreciate that newspaper owners normally do not dictate or tell their editors what to write. So, Bezos should not be held responsible for what the Washington Post opines on.

The Bezos episode is nothing but bad press for India at a time when foreign investments could help grease its economic engines and create employment opportunities . Global businessmen may become reluctant to invest. Ignoring Bezos could be India's loss.

- Rajendra Aneja, Mumbai, India

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