The dispute between Infosys and the RSS-affiliated magazine Panchjanya has deepened. Panchjanya, a weekly magazine related to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), has attacked the indigenous software maker over flaws in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and income tax portals. The RSS has asked whether any anti-national force is trying to harm India’s economic interests through this.
In its new edition of RSS, Panchjanya has published a four-page cover story of Infosys titled ‘Saakh and Aghatta’ and the cover page has a picture of its founder Narayana Murthy. The article attacked the Bengaluru-based company and described it as a ‘high shop, a faded dish’. Terming the article as anti-national, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said in a tweet that it is an attempt to shift the blame on the government and it should be condemned.
Underlining that these portals developed by Infosys regularly encounter problems, causing inconvenience to taxpayers and investors, the article said such incidents have undermined taxpayers’ confidence in the Indian economy. The article states that government organizations and agencies never hesitate to award contracts for key websites and portals to Infosys as it is one of the most reputed software companies in India.
Infosys anti-national and helpful to tukde-tukde gang – RSS
The article wonders why the trust of taxpayers in the country’s economy has been dented due to glitches in both the GST and income tax return portals developed by Infosys. Is any anti-national force trying to hurt India’s economic interests through Infosys? Though the article mentions that the magazine has no concrete evidence to support this, it states that Infosys has been accused several times of helping “Naxals, Leftists and Tukde-Tukde gangs”.
However, the RSS has distanced itself from the Panchjanyas. RSS’s Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh Sunil Ambekar said that Panchjanya is not the mouthpiece of the RSS. The article reflects the opinion of the author and should not be linked to the organization.