Recently the union government said in the Parliament that it’s soon going to sell its shares in 28 major public sector undertakings. The government will earn Rs 65,000 crore through this. Apart from Air India, this list of companies also includes Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited — a company that pays that government Rs 1 lakh crore in taxes every year. It has paid dividends of Rs 17,246 crore in the recent years. Senior journalist Urmilesh talks about the current government’s political economy of privatisation and disinvestment.