Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Privatisation: come hell or high water

P. Sainath in The Hindu on water privatization: Privatisation: come hell or high water
Converting water to a commercial good to be sold for profit invites disaster. Most of all for poor people whose already pathetic access to water will shrink swiftly.

A glaring example of how desparately privatization or reforms are being persuaded in India, without any long-term vision (I don't think there is any short-term vision too). As Sainath reports, the MNCs are here to fulfill their corporate greed and for that they are using our corrupt politicians and will trample the poor---as the have done in many other countries. Don't our politicians/policy makers look at what happened to similar attempts in other countries in the past? or Are they same damn fascinated by imitating the Western capitalistic (unsustainable) economic model of growth and filling their own pockets, that they are not interested in developing our own model/solution to deal with problems?

3 comments:

neil said...
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neil said...

Man, your blog depresses me...

I need some belief..
how about Post modernism ? (Irony? I guess I'll have to live with it)

The Dark lady of Philosophy once said :))
The woods are hopeless. Don't waste your time, they will be destroyed. So will the marsh. It is a losing game mankind has played for more than a century. Sadness is what you are, do not deny it. The universe is a lonely place, a painful place. This is what we can share between us, period...

Caterine Vauban

Purushottam said...

neil baba---sorry to disappoint you! will try to post something positive.