I was in for an interview, waiting for my turn at the reception. Nervous, shaking, stomach-churning and not to mention those goose bumps. With trembling hands I picked up “Business world” – had to look like a pseudo-intellectual, you see.
Anyways the cover issue declared Infosys as the most respected company in India followed by Bharti Airtel and Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance. Cool stuff, ain’t it?
But hey, wait a minute! What about Tata?
Well, it managed to finish in the top 10, that’s all they had to say about it. Come on now. Just look at Tata’s business, it has lived by the rules, has put the country before itself, has been a household name in India, a driver of technologies in India, always ahead in CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), has kept only a minuscule amount of its profit for itself and still behind Reliance. Awkward, isn’t it?
Now here comes the funny part. The survey was done by some British Company/ Association BW (if I remember correctly). Absolutely fantastic!!! Aren’t we satisfied with the ridiculous and derogatory statements the British media makes about India that we need to turn to them to rate us? Their sample size was just 499. And they confidently claim to know us, a population of 1 billion+ !!!
Ridiculous, I say. All is fine, but rating Reliance in the Top 3 is got to be a scandal. Ask Anyone and anyone I mean and he’ll tell you about Reliance : “Big Company, Great Company! But respect equally big: Zero, Zero and Zero”
So what am I so pissed off on? The Survey? No, certainly not. The statistics like these ones leave me completely frustrated and especially when they are published in a respected and credible magazine like “Business World”. A sample size of just 499 was taken for India and no quantification of the data was mentioned, and you expect me to rely on this data?
Most of us , don’t have the time to go through the entire article. I did because I had little else to do. And I noticed what I wouldn’t have, had it been a quick read through. The sample size for it was lost in some corner of the article, not to be discovered by many.
Statistics may speak crap. Yes, it’s true but when a “business magazine” serves us the same crap, and that too on a platter, all because it comes from some gutter of London. It is unacceptable and unbearable.
Surveys like these divert our minds and heavily mislead us. And all because of what? Cheap publicity or funding from big MNCs!!!
I do not hold any grudge whatsoever against Reliance.. it is just a reflection of the general sentiment about the company in my environment. The opinion may or may not reflect the opinion of the general public.