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Govt won’t listen to NGOs, India Inc must speak against injustice, says Anu Aga

Aga and her daughetr Meher Pudumjee both agree that more influential people need to speak up against injustice.

, ET Bureau|
Jun 12, 2017, 11.48 AM IST
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Apart from education, Aga is passionate about the cause of human rights, supporting organisations working in the space.
Apart from education, Aga is passionate about the cause of human rights, supporting organisations working in the space.
Conversations about philanthropy often find a mention of former chairperson of Thermax, Anu Aga, and daughter Meher Pudumjee. Initially, Pudumjee avoided speaking about their initiatives, thinking that it may be perceived as "showing off". However, she has come to terms with it since, Aga revealed at an event a few months ago. The fact that the two were sharing the stage at a day-long conference on philanthropy confirmed that.

That said, the daughter is not as outspoken as her mother yet. Apart from education, Aga is passionate about the cause of human rights, supporting organisations working in the space. "I think besides [giving] time and money in philanthropy, people should also be able to speak against injustice, anything that is not right, [and] human rights.

Most corporates and high networth individuals feel, 'This is none of our business. If we do [speak out], we will be attacked in some way'," Aga said, adding that it's imperative that corporates and prominent citizens make their voices heard, as the government will not listen to activists and NGOs, but "people like us".

While Pudumjee agreed with her mother, she felt that it was equally important for society to come together as one voice.

"If one person does it [speak out against any injustice], then it's sort of singled out and we feel that we will be targeted or that the government will be nasty. If we come together as one voice, it is powerful and you don't feel vulnerable," she said.

Staying firm in her belief, Aga replied that someone has to take a lead. "We can't wait for everyone to mobilise. And we know that [some] business organisations will never go against the government," she said and perhaps, the mother and daughter agreed to disagree.
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