Comments on: Unravelling India: Part 1 http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2012/01/18/unravelling-india-part-1/ Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:26:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: FirstAdvisor http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2012/01/18/unravelling-india-part-1/comment-page-1/#comment-8786 Wed, 18 Jan 2012 20:22:31 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/?p=8710#comment-8786 The writers are trying to understand the causes of a disease by examining the symptoms of the doctors treating the sick. They don’t even make the slightest effort to explain why the absurd, loathsome and despicable caste system still controls what all Indians do and don’t do, no matter how vehemently, loudly, and often the upper castes try and deny it, they don’t even mention any explanation for why there are dozens of special-interest political parties in virtually every state government, and dozens more in the national government, hardly an indication or reliable foundation of stable, competent governance, they completely ignore and exclude any possible attempt to explain why every village, town, and city is divided into semi-legal zones of religion, caste, ethnic group, and income level, each operating under different municipal laws, all governed by dozens of urban departments in constant conflict and competition for wildly divergent goals for the municipality, they make no effort to explain why laws don’t forbid convicted criminals from holding public office, or candidates facing trial on criminal charges from running for political office, they barely hint at the dozens of bribes any startup and operating company must pay for water, electricity, telephone service, sewage and garbage disposal, parking, and the avoidance of constant inspections for fire, construction, safety, and so on: honestly and truly, the writers don’t even mention anything about what is wrong with Indian society that makes the doctors show symptoms at all.

The article is pointless and futile, since it doesn’t address any of causes of the symptoms it does discuss. How people can expect governments to enforce new laws that fundamentally contradict and oppose the entire 3,000-year-old traditions of a very static and stagnant society is beyond my comprehension, so perhaps the writers believe in and depend on the occult and magic to remove all these inherent conditions for them. An Indian fortune-teller gave them a good prediction for this essay, and Reuters did publish it, so no worries, right?

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