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Assorted links now July 3, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in assorted, humor, india.
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The LA Times on the Indian Ambassador (to nowhere in particular).

About 600,000 of the cars still ply the roads. Fans invariably cite its spacious interior, so capacious that police in north India once stopped an Ambassador with 27 people on board, according to Baig.

Owners also say that Ambassadors, with their heavy rear axles, weather India’s rutted roads better than other cars. And when an Amby does break down, even a village mechanic will have the parts and know-how to fix it.

The car is so fraught with historical significance, aficionados note with pride, that Singh’s photos of the Ambassador spent months on display at the Smithsonian Institution in 2003.

Critics say that’s where the car belongs.

27 people ! Thats the whole of my Class XII, leaving out one person. ( If they had to leave out person, maybe it would be me 😀 )

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Without China : This is an interesting self experiment. Like I did with Google, except like a true Indian I did not document my findings. ( HT : Marginal Revolution )

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I like this fella’s list here. Feel free to add more to that one.

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Apparently, “rats do unto others as they have been done to”. Further evidence of non-religious and evolutionary basis of morality ?

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Kenyan Economist on AID to Africa :

Huge bureaucracies are financed (with the aid money), corruption and complacency are promoted, Africans are taught to be beggars and not to be independent. In addition, development aid weakens the local markets everywhere and dampens the spirit of entrepreneurship that we so desperately need. As absurd as it may sound: Development aid is one of the reasons for Africa’s problems. If the West were to cancel these payments, normal Africans wouldn’t even notice. Only the functionaries would be hard hit. Which is why they maintain that the world would stop turning without this development aid.

More in the interview here. Other viewpoints covered in this article. My previous post quoting Gary Becker on foreign aid.

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Oops, a PR disaster.

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