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The Power Plays of the Enron Corporation

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Well we heard the debate last night between George W Bush and Al Gore, a joint press appearance that is all worked out before hand by the two parties in terms of what the parties will accept regarding questions and format. There is only one interviewer, Jim Lehrer, of the Lehrer News Hours on PBS, and many corporate sponsors, AT&T and Archer-Daniels Midland among the largest donors to the debates. But they are not allowed to single out any one corporate sponsor.

One corporation which has contributed significant amounts to the George W Bush campaign is the Enron Corporation. Today we are going to look at the Enron corporation and their activities around the world, and especially in the Indian state of Maharashtra. In 1993 Enron and the government of Maharashtra signed a contract for the supply of electricity for the state of Maharashtra. The contract was then canceled and in August 1996 re-negotiated and re-signed in what is now the single largest contract in Indian history.

Guest:

  • Abhay Mehta, the author of ??Power Play: A Study of the Enron Project. He is a researcher from Bombay India.

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