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Nano the Wonder Car

In The Good on January 14, 2008 at 6:09 pm

Every now and then there is an event in response to which people reveal their souls completely.  In the short history of the Indian nation there have been only a few such events – independence, the prime ministership of Rajiv Gandhi, the liberalisation of the econony and the launch of the Nano.  (For those who came in late, the Nano is the cheapest car that has ever been built.)

It matters not whether the Nano clogs the roads or not or increases the demand for fossil fuels or not.  What the Nano symbolizes to the Indian people is progress and the power of achievement.  That is why every day more than one hundred and thirty thousand have flocked to see it at the Auto Show in Delhi.

The reactions as reported in the newspapers have been overwhelmingly benevolent and positive, as have been the comments from the competitors of the Nano.

In sharp contrast are the environmentalist prophets of doom such as Pachauri and the shrill and ugly crone (whatever her name is) who has made a career out of bashing Coca-Cola.

The creators of the Nano know they have done something great.  The prospective buyers and every benevolent person know that the achievement is great.  The detractors are irrelevant.

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