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This picture confirms my agnosticism about India’s economic future

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This picture of chaotic traffic in an Indian city says much of it for me.


The picture says it all. Not one city bus in sight! And the road looks hopelessly blocked. Indian cities = urban chaos!

Everyday I travel several kilometres thru streets in Dalian that seem busy but on the whole not chaotic. Bus fare is cheap and buses are very available offering a dependable service. They are not the most comfortable conveyance but 10 km trips are completed in less than 15 minutes. Cross city taxi rides don’t cost much (about $3CDN) and travel times are manageable. Dalian is a second tier city in China and has a viable infrastructure with good in-city transportation, plentiful drinking water, reliable and affordable electricity and rental housing.

From what I read not even the best organized city in India can offer a viable city infrastructure and the country doesn’t seem to have the kind of government that can deliver it in any foreseeable future. This is not the picture of an emerging world class economy!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/06/16 at 21:30

Who would’ve thunk it not so long ago, pre GWB!

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The western front of the United States Capitol...
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A telling excerpt:

The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

Four Scenarios for the End of the American Century by 2025

by Alfred W. McCoy

A soft landing for America 40 years from now?  Don’t bet on it.  The demise of the United States as the global superpower could come far more quickly than anyone imagines.  If Washington is dreaming of 2040 or 2050 as the end of the American Century, a more realistic assessment of domestic and global trends suggests that in 2025, just 15 years from now, it could all be over except for the shouting.

Gosh, don’t tell Sarah P! She’ll go ballistic

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Foreigner rights in Afghanistan

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PUSHTAY, AFGHANISTAN - JANUARY 09: A US Army M...
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These views direct from the mouths of Taliban mid-level leaders have been published in The Guardian. Here is an excerpt:

“Apart from that they have no rights, they have no right to tell us about democracy and human rights. That’s an Afghan issue and it will be decided by the Afghans.

“The Americans behave with arrogance and if they don’t want to be defeated in Afghanistan they should talk.

“They don’t belong here,” he said. “They are foreigners, outsiders.”

The puppet masters and their puppet Karzai don’t seem to be doing so well! From the sound of this article, it seems to me that US and NATO leaders whistle in the wind every time they talk about the situation in Afghanistan.



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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/11/29 at 12:58

I guess the US and India must be wondering what’s going on in China

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The headline in Yahoo News says it all:

Chinese workers build 15-story hotel in just six days

How can they do it? Where will this end? Why can’t our workers do that? What else are they going to do?

You should check out the videos! The images are something else since they make the speed look OK and not outlandish.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/11/16 at 17:29

I have said it here and elsewhere!

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Sheila Dikshit Chief Minister of Delhi India
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India is a ramshackle country. It is run by the very rich for their own purposes and as far as the rest of India is concerned let them be damned. If you have any doubt about that extreme statement. consider this latest headline:

New Delhi apartment collapse kills 61

30 still believed buried in rubble

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 | 12:21 AM ET Comments12Recommend11

The Associated Press

Police and rescuers raced Tuesday to pull survivors from the debris of a four-storey apartment building that collapsed in a congested neighborhood in New Delhi, killing at least 61 people and injuring scores of others.

The 15-year-old building housing about 200 people — mostly migrant workers and their families — collapsed Monday evening into a mountain of concrete slabs, iron rods, bricks and mortar in New Delhi’s Lalita Park neighborhood.

About 30 people were believed still trapped under the rubble, said New Delhi’s top elected official, Sheila Dikshit, and emergency efforts were hampered because fire trucks had difficulty navigating the neighbourhood’s narrow alleyways.

At least 61 people were killed and 78 injured, said city police official Mohammed Akhlaq.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2010/11/15/apartment-collapse-delhi.html#ixzz15RMbd6vz

It is evident that the only reason this building collapsed is that either the owner or the contractor cut corners and let the inhabitants of the building be damned!

How can India ever challenge China for economic position in the world as long as this kind of mindless incident can happen in the capital city of India.

This is just more evidence that democracy is not a panacea, nor is transparent government, or freedom of speech. A building collapse in a capital city with serious loss of life is a travesty and not democracy!

The existence of the Taj in India is just one more bit of evidence that India does not work very well as a country for its ordinary people. And Bollywood is just another travesty of human values! It means little in the scale of India humanity, slum dog millionaire or not!

I’ll vote for China vs. India every time!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/11/16 at 03:39