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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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Why India Refused Aid Durable Link to this BLOG
A number of people have asked me why India refused external help with the Tsunami relief work.

My first response was "India is mostly governed by silly leaders. It was perhaps one of them who made such a statement."

But upon further review and thought, this is what I know:

  • Western countries have very poor credibility with India's population. So a "No Thanks" message resonates well with masses.
  • Most, if not all aid that was offered was military aid -- aircraft carriers, et al. India has had a long held policy of not allowing foreign military in the neighborhood
  • My childhood friend from Honavar called and said "Vikas I have heard that once Americans come, they never leave! or only leave after causing destruction."
  • After the 911 attacks, India was the first nation to offer help to USA and was told "No Thanks" by Bush Government, who asked arch enemy Pakistan for assistance instead. That insult is fresh in the mind of India's leaders.
  • Apparently, the decision has become very popular in India. And from what I hear, the internal funds and aid raised are enough to recuperate

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Friday, January 7, 2005
Last Modified: 1/7/2005 11:16:49 PM

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