Chennai: Lord Swraj Paul, the Britain-based
NRI business magnate, said scams that have recently come to
light "do not make any Indian proud" and called corruption
a "national shame".
Apparently referring to the 2G Spectrum scam and the
Commonwealth Games irregularities, Paul in an interaction with
agency last night said, "Corruption should be condemned because
it has become a national shame. The most difficult thing is
to kill corruption completely."
Saying that the recent scams "do not make any Indian
proud," Paul added, "If you have to follow the law, then we
have to make sure that the people who ought to be punished,
should be punished.
"India has many of the richest people but on the other
hand it has more poor people too. Thirty per cent of Indian
children still have not got primary education and that cannot
be acceptable," he said.
Asking the corporates to be "more honest with
themselves", he said, "in corruption, there is always a giver
and a taker. It cannot be a one-side story.
"The responsibility of removing corruption should not
fall on one side and both the giver and taker should hold
Paul, also the Chancellor of London-based Wolverhampton
University, alleged education in India has become a business.
"It is a very dangerous trend happening in India on
education. Most importantly, (education) should be done as a
contribution to lift the society.
"But it is a problem in India. If you want to (provide)
education, then for God`s sake give it as a service," he said.
"India is not short of teaching, India is not short of
bright students but we need to give them the right freedom,"
Admitting that the number of students taking up research in
their respective area was minimal in India, Paul said he faced
many "hurdles" on setting up a research institution at his
hometown Jalandhar in India in the name of his daughter Ambica
He said the number of students joining various universities
abroad for higher education was comparatively less and that
was where India needed to take a big step.
"In the Western world, almost 47-53 per cent of students go
for higher education. But, India it is below 10 per cent."
Paul and senior faculties from Wolverhampton University
were here yesterday to award an Honorary Doctorate degree to
Narasimhan Ram for his contribution to journalism.