12 June, 2005
The Hideous White Band
Aid to India?
Just a minute. This is not some dismal fourth-world hellhole populated by ten million disease-ridden starving tribesmen taking turns to share the single National Oxcart. We are talking about India. A moderately effectively run nation of over a billion souls, capable of launching space missions no less, and, to get personal about it, currently doing its best to steal my job.
If the people of Bhopal are being shabbily treated, by all means encourage Westerners to visit their moral outrage on the dilatory authorities, but spare us the begging bowl. India might not be as universally prosperous as the West, but it is not without resources to address this problem, if it is minded to do so.