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Saturday, May 03, 2008


Indian politicians from all parties alike are making me do the unthinkable. They are making me defend Bush!

All the man said was -

"Worldwide there is increasing demand. There turns out to be prosperity in developing world, which is good. It's going to be good for you because you'll be selling products in the countries, you know, big countries perhaps, and it's hard to sell products into countries that aren't prosperous. In other words, the more prosperous the world is, the more opportunity there is," the US President said.

"It also, however, increases demand. So, for example, just as an interesting thought for you, there are 350 million people in India who are classified as middle class. That's bigger than America. Their middle class is larger than our entire population.

"And when you start getting wealth, you start demanding better nutrition and better food, and so demand is high, and that causes the price to go up," he said.

Whether he is factually right or wrong, and whether he is downplaying the role of ethanol or not, the question is - how exactly is he "blaming" India? Why are the Indian politicans acting as if he has insulted our national honour? The most idiotic statement, unsurprisingly, comes from... you guessed it -

"At a time when millions of people in India are unable to get enough food to eat and suffer from malnutrition, Bush's insensible remarks about India's prosperity affecting global food prices are adding insult to injury," CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat told PTI.