Thursday, May 13, 2004

under old management
One of the things about the great outsourcing debate that puzzled me was the idea that India was booming because cold calling the UK and lying about supporting Man United to likely sales prospects was considered a great job for its graduates. Apparently not.

Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has resigned after a shock election defeat that paves the way for Italian-born Sonia Gandhi's Congress party to take power in the world's largest democracy.

The result was a resounding rejection by the rural poor of Vajpayee's "India shining" campaign motto, although Gandhi's Congress was not expected to turn its back on a policy of gradually liberalising Asia's third-largest economy.


The coalition led by Vajpayee's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lost one-third of its MPs, including its foreign minister, punished by disaffected rural poor who feel excluded from India's economic boom.

Of course, India's peasantry really support globalization. All the so-called peasants who voted against the BJP must be middle class westerners in disguise.

Not that it'll do them any good.