In a written response to questions from Reuters, Desai denied any wrongdoing. “I am and have been innocent,” he said, adding that “in not a single case any allegation against me has been proved.” Desai said he is a “handy scapegoat” and a victim of retaliation for his attempts to crack down on fraud at private medical schools during his time as Medical Council president.
“As such,” he wrote in the letter, “I have always remained under a continuous malignant and malicious campaign of absolutely false and concocted allegations.”
During the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development , the BBC broadcast a mini debate on globalization, poverty, and related issues, and had a panel of around 30 experts, from both the developing and rich countries. One person on that panel was Vandana Shiva, a vocal critic of the current form of globalization and its impact on the environment and people in the third world. She was asked why people should listen to concerns from the third world when they cannot sort out the rampant corruption first. Her answer was simple: rich countries need to stop dictating policies that encourage corruption in the first place.