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Tsunami Profiteers

I spoke to my friend from Sri Lanka, who described loss of personal property, death of friends, and death of relatives. He also said something about opportunists who are trying to the benefit from the tragedy, which I found very distressing.

But you know, it is in human nature to profit from wars, tragedies, and disasters. From Tamil Tigers to RSS to Colin Powell, all are trying to make a profit by turning their relief aid into political capital. Shame. Shame.

Another Epiphany

I was disappointed to read Rajesh Jain's comments about rural India.

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[Rural India] is a world which people in their 60s know intimately. Those in the 40s may know a little bit of it. Those in the 20s don’t care. I could add: those in their 30s (people like me) know a little and care a little, but don’t do anything.

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He might be speaking the truth. What is disappointing is the disconnect. I used to redicule Indian leaders like Devilal and Laloo Prasad Yadav, because they used to claim that only a leader from rural India (read uneducated, uncouth men who were just like the poor villagers) could represent India. But now I have to reconsider my opinion, because the kind of leaders I want India to have (like Rajesh Jain) do not quite understand, or even know the majority of India.

I am no expert on rural India. But I grew up in rural India, and by working in my family's cloth shop, and by trying to introduce technology in rural India, I have come across people's problems and aspirartions in rural India. I feel it is the rural Indians who have kept the Indian traditions alive (languages, superstitions, and ethics).

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(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Tuesday, January 4, 2005
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