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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Proud to be an Indian!!!

So much has already been said about the pros and cons of the Tata car: NANO that more in the same vein will be mere repetition. Hence am touching the untouched topics.

We did it!!!

First of all, the towering but aristocratic Ratan Tata is the perfect Indian answer to the doubting thomases of the world. Osamu Suzuki’s words that the 1 Lakh car is impossible to make will continue to mock him(Suzuki) and will soon be inducted into the unofficial Hall of shame quotes amongst other legendary faux pas of history.

Remarkably, what was impossible for the Japs (who are making cars for almost a century) was made possible by a Indian team who has been making cars for a mere decade now.

That’s the power of conviction and the power of the young India for you.

Protests of Singur displaced:

Secondly, the silent protest of the well-wishers of the displaced of Singur was a jarring note in the whole episode. I believe that for one, these well-wishers should be going hammer and tongs after the govt. to make sure that the rehabilitation package etc. is implemented as per the letter and spirit instead of Tatas.

It’s simply wrong to fight & oppose a company which has legally and properly acquired the land. The govt. is responsible that the affected are made good, not a private company, who should be liable to pay costs but not to implement welfare programs too.

Hopefully, wisdom and justice will prevail.

Agriculture can’t feed the starving farmer…..only industrialization can

Anyway, in a way, the industrialization of such forgotten parts of the country, even if somewhat painful initially, will be more good than bad (economically speaking) for the residents.

We seriously need to industrialize and develop the hinterlands which still primarily depend on agriculture. However, Indian agriculture today seldom can provide even the basic needs of those poor farmers. Else, we would not have seen the mass migration to the cities seen daily by such starving poor. The lack of opportunities and infrastructure means that these poor of India’s hinterland are left with no option, but to depend on farming armed with only obsolete and inefficient techniques.

Farming, in most cases, doesn’t even provide for even the most basic needs. This is why they are forced to go to cities and live in abysmal conditions and suffer the trauma of displacement, only so that they can barely sustain their family.