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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Chappell, Thank Walmart

Greg Chappell, who has been the focus of the Left's ire for the past few days will be overjoyed to read that the other shoe has finally fallen. It's official. Walmart is entering India. The Left will be too busy organising Grand Marches, and appearing on news channels decrying Walmart's entry to pay any attention to him now.

The Indian Government's response is hilarious and theatrical, and only complete idiots will buy Kamal Nath's statements. He said -

"We will have a look (at) whether permissible limits have been adhered to,....We will see whether it as per rules and regulations."

Nice playacting, Minister. Are we expected to believe that Bharti and Walmart would announce such a decision without ensuring that there are no roadblocks? I am sure all the lobbying in Delhi has been done, all the "dues" paid, and everything has been figured out. The Government, due to Left pressure, did not have the guts to open up the retail sector to FDI, even though it is the right thing to do. So it has worked out this backdoor entry for Walmart.

But it is fun watching all parties play out their roles in the drama so sincerely.