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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.

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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

Well the blood is not all washed away in Mumbai and

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Mumbai ...

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the accusations are flying. There was a heavy security lockdown up to a few days before the attack of last Thursday, but for unexplained reasons that lockdown was taken down. Now government ministers are resigning, recriminations flying ever lower and dirtier, general weeping and gnashing of teeth. The next step in that ramshackle democracy is to have large, noisy, bloody riots with all against all, I guess.

India is a mess of a country. The attack and long drawn out fight to eliminate the attackers in Mumbai proves beyond a shadow of doubt that there is a fundamental weakness in Indian governance.

Oh, it has a certain charm to it, like the mixture of feces and spices that apparently permeates most of the country. The scenes on TV seemed comical. Short security men with long guns, crouching, lying, standing, running and firing but ducking as they fired. What a comical scene, but murderous comedy for those Indians who were mercilously mowed down.

So where will the blame finally land! It belongs in Mumbai and Delhi. The Indians did this to themselves and it’s up to them to sort it all out without recourse to the old struggle with Pakistan and nearly every one of its neighbours.

The land of slumdog millionaires!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/11/30 at 19:40

An image from BC and another unique one from Delhi

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Delhi & Taj Mahal, India -

Via LA Times (photo by Scott Kraft), a view from the Taj instead of a view of . . .

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/05/08 at 06:08