Saturday, October 27, 2007

Saturday, October 20, 2007

small car, big trouble?


Tata Motors has announced that it will roll out it's Rs. 1 lakh car (around USD 2500) in 2008. Other car makers may step in that price segment as well.

Do we need a car in this price segment?

... taking in to account, congestion, pollution, dependence on oil, travel needs, alternate public transport mechanisms, safety standards etc.

A related article from Down to Earth is here.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

al gore and the nobel peace prize

two takes on this ...

It’s Insanity, Stupid! - Al Gore And That Nobel Peace Prize
The Nobel Peace Prize to Al Gore opened a heated debate: was it right to award a mass murderer and war criminal? ...
On CounterPunch, Alexander Cockburn wrote, “When Gore goes to get the prize [… he] should be forced to march through a gauntlet of widows and orphans, Serbs, Iraqis, Palestinians, Colombians, and other victims of the Clinton era.”


Nobel Prize For Al Gore:“Old Europe” Fires Back At The Bush Administration
The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to former Vice President Al Gore is a political statement by the European bourgeoisie about the policies of the Bush administration and the politics of the United States. Rarely has there been such an open intervention by the European ruling elite in the internal politics of America

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Burma burning

Global Hypocrisy On Burma
by Satya Sagar
Of all the countries around the world the most shameful position is held by India, once the land of the likes of Mahatma Gandhi but now run by politicians with morals that would make a snake-oil salesman squirm. India likes to claim at every opportunity that it is ‘the world’s largest democracy’ but what it tells no one, but everyone can see, is that its understanding of democracy is also of the ‘lowest quality’.

Why else would the Indian government for instance send its Minister for Petroleum Murali Deora to sign a gas exploration deal with the military junta in late September just as it was plotting the wanton murder of its own citizens. In recent years India, among other sweet deals, has also been helping the Burmese military with arms and training- as if their bullets were not hitting their people accurately enough.


Explaining India's silence over Burma
by Subir Bhaumik
"We cannot have democracy at home and support military tyrants in the neighbourhood. India must do all it can for the restoration of democracy in Burma," said the country's top human rights lawyer, Nandita Haksar.
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But two months ago, Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee defended the country's Burma policy at a meeting in the north-eastern town of Shillong.

"We have strategic and economic interests to protect in Burma. It is up to the Burmese people to struggle for democracy, it is their issue," he said.