Folks, time to wear your seat-belts. Here comes another instalment of Incredible India, with those Only in India stories.
* A poor woman admitted to a government hospital in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh sold her new-born baby for $125. Cheap, na. In the last two years, we have seen about 28 or 29 Tamil movies in theatres here. Each time, we’ve spent over $100 (tickets, gas, toll, lunch, snacks et al). Just think, we could have purchased a Kaurava camp of 100 babies with that money. 🙁
Do you think in India they have a Buy 1 Baby, Get 1 Baby Free scheme.
Think we’re making this up. Read this excerpt on the sale of the baby:
“My financial position is really bad,” a distraught looking Rajitha (20) who could not afford the Rs 2,000 hospital fee said from her bed at the government area hospital in Kothagudem in Khammam district today.
* DMK party in Tamil Nadu is turning into an all-family affair. Besides Karunanidhi, prominent in the party are his two sons M.K. Stalin and M.K. Azhagiri, daughter Thanimozhi and grand-nephew Dayanidhi Maran.
Now, Azhagiri has secured the DMK ticket to contest the Parliamentary polls from Madurai while Dayanidhi Maran will be the DMK candidate from Central Chennai. This is Democracy, Tamil Nadu style from the ruler who has two wives. And the spineless Tamils in Tamil Nadu, who whine about the attacks on the murderous LTTE have no cojones when it comes to questioning the Karunai-illada-Nidhi or his Stalinist coterie.
* Why did Indian IT giant Tata Consultancy Services pay Obama adviser Larry Summers $67,500 for a “Speaking Engagement” on September 21, 2008? We think it was a pure lobbying play. Sure, Summers was not an Obama adviser in September but it was obvious to all but the dolts that Democrats would take the White House and that he’d land a plum position in the new administration.
* North India or South India, death from drinking spurious liquor is so common in India that no one even cares anymore or reads beyond the headline. In the latest hooch tragedy, 27 poor people have died in the country’s capital Delhi over the last two weeks.
Mera Bharat Mahan.