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The berry rings again

The berry rings again
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First Published: Thu, Jul 03 2008. 12 07 AM IST
Updated: Thu, Jul 03 2008. 12 07 AM IST
Finally, the government of India has realized that BlackBerry, the mobile email service, is not a national security risk.
Telecom secretary Siddhartha Behura on Wednesday said there was no threat from the service, something that telecom service providers knew all along.
So, what made the government change its mind? Was it the steadfast refusal by the company that owns BlackBerry, Research In Motion, to do the bidding of intelligence agencies? Or the realization on the part of the government that the episode had damaged its standing for rational and coherent policy actions?
The matter should not be left hanging: If BlackBerry was the target of government whim yesterday, it could be something else tomorrow. Such arbitrariness has the potential to disrupt business and normal life. It may have worked when India was a closed economy, but not in the age of high growth that depends on quick business decisions and an effective communication set-up.
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First Published: Thu, Jul 03 2008. 12 07 AM IST