Country will suffer for propagating of lies: Pitroda

New Delhi, Apr 8 (IANS): Sam Pitroda, adviser to the prime minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations, warned Monday that the country risked suffering on account of "propagating of lies" ahead of the Lok Sabha election.

He also blamed a misinformation campaign for obscuring the government's decade-long performance.

"If at the end of the day you think that eight percent growth for eight years is zero, you're propagating some more lies and India will suffer because lies sell in this country," Pitroda told media persons at the Indian Women's Press Corps.

This situation has come about because of people "outsourcing" their thinking, he said.

"I believe, in India people have outsourced their thinking to the media. I say, be rational, think, don't just make up your mind because some TV person is saying that ' nothing has happened with our growth," Pitroda said.

Declaring his optimism that people have felt the effects of development has a real basis, Pitroda said: "In 2004, only 10 percent youth went to schools, which figure has recently doubled to 20 percent. Polio has been eradicated from the country."

"Thirty years ago India had only around two million phones and no exports. Today it has 900 million phones, and its exports of software services are worth $120 billion every year," he added.

Replying to a query on the government's inability to communicate its achievements to counter misinformation, he said: "We have our jobs, our work to do, and cannot be inordinately occupied with publicity." April 7.


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  • juliet mascarenhas, bejai mangalore

    Tue, Apr 8 2014

    People who used to sit under the lamp and write on slates 30years back are today conveying the message all over the world writing on this modern slate ,yet telling lies to the world,we are not grown.
    PPl walking across the feilds with bear foot to reach out friends ,relatives ,markets are today traveling by AC cars,reaching out people spread all over the globe via mobiles sitting within 4 walls.yet claiming we are not grown
    People are educated yet living in the dark and making the achievements Zero by becoming heros in telling lies.

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  • Tony Pinto, Manglore - Dubai

    Tue, Apr 8 2014

    So Mr.Sam Pitroda was a adviser to our darling PM - SINGH that's why our darling PM never opened his mouth to tell the truth to INDIANS ......Sam dear be ready from next month as your will be jobless and in free time check and write a article on propagating of lies in INDIA DEMOCRACY. GOD BLESS

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  • Roshan, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 8 2014

    He is called architect of the Indian telecommunication revolution. It is heartening to find such noble men are degraded by people knowing nothing of their contribution to India. When it comes to prime minister MMS, it will take some time for people to digest the truth. He is accused and degraded without any substance. Coal scam and 2G scam will go in the same way as like Bofors. Bofors scam made the opposition win election, but they did not find anything to charge congress. The case died its natural death, however, the victim is victimized and accused are glorified. No defense files moved for 20years for new purchases, weakening india's defense preparedness. If nationalism is weakening defense or democracy or secularism or progress, then BJP is truly a nationalist party.

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  • Bryan Braggs Bijei, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 8 2014

    After reading Sam Pitrodas news item at least the voters will realize that all is not bad in the 10 years of Congress rule. There were scams which were brought to light because of RTI and necessary action is being initiated and the guilty will be punished by the judiciary. Wake up guys and be alert against false propaganda. Your vote is precious and exercise it wisely. Let's have good governance by good statesmen

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