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Top Indian businessman mocks Davos

AFP · 3 Jan 2012, 11:00

Published: 03 Jan 2012 11:00 GMT+01:00

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Top Indian industrialist Rajiv Bajaj mocked the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday, saying the annual power bash in the Swiss Alps was the source of half the world's problems.

Rajiv Bajaj, the managing director of leading motorbike manufacturer Bajaj Auto, said he would reluctantly travel to the exclusive ski resort for the meeting for the first time later this month.

"I think half the problems start from the World Economic Forum," the no-nonsense executive told reporters at a product launch in New Delhi when asked about the glitzy January 25-29 meeting.

He said he was a believer in the power of engineering to solve problems, not the sort of "top-down globalization" espoused by world leaders and businessmen in Davos.

He acknowledged that his father Rahul Bajaj, chairman of the Bajaj Group conglomerate, had been a regular at Davos over the last decades.

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India had a huge presence at last year's Davos, including Sunil Mittal, head of Bharti Enterprises and Azim Premji, chairman of Indian software major Wipro.

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2012-01-03 12:36:16 by HoppSuisse
The Davos conference is just noise.

The problem is that the worlds reserve currency (the currency that values the worlds currencies) is borrowed into existence as DEBT from a private bank (the Federal Reserve. The US (and so the world) economy is build upon ever expanding debt which can no longer expand because of the debt payment, interest, has finally become too great compared to GDP (gross domestic product) of the US and world.

Switzerland is in a better condition because we own our money and we own our Central Bank. Plus we have gold partially as a reserve to value our money. When we create money to devalue against the Euro we do not create debt.

The Indian Businessman is correct in saying that Davos is part of the problem, it tries to give confidence in a failing system. But the cause of the problem is not found in Davos and neither is the answer.

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