Friday, May 14, 2004
India's New Era (washingtonpost.com)
I do not agree with Mr.Rushdie. I repeat the question I asked yesterday:
1. If this is a rivalry between urban "bourgeoisie" and the rural poor, how come NDA lost in the cities?
2. One more problem with this argument: while Bangalore and Hyderabad wooed high-tech IT giants, Madras did not. Astutely, Chennai went for automobile manufaturers. Result is that you have Hyundai, Ford etc setting up factories around Chennai. Now, automobile is not high-tech, but manufacturing sector - which benefits the poor, and not-so-well-educated. Then how is it that Jayalalithaa lost?
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