Thursday, January 10, 2008

few defenders

Surprisingly, Ratan Tata has had few defenders in India in the leadup to the launch of his one-lakh Nano, a car that was first greeted with disbelief by global competitors and then scorn by environmentalists who have yet to take to bicycles themselves. In my estimate, there's more than a little racism and elitism here, along the lines of "brown people can't make good cars" and "the world will go to hell if poor people are allowed to drive."

One of the most interesting, though somewhat long-winded takes came from an unusual source--a guy named Vivek Sharma writing on a site called, of all things,

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