Monday, February 18, 2008

India vs Bharat?

I was struck by a similarity between the still unfolding kidney scam and the Nithari scandal just about a year back. In both cases, the perpetrators were rich and the victims poor migrant labourers. In the organ trade, labourers were duped onto the operation table and in the latter a rich businessman exploited helpless labourers living in slums nearby. Moreover, the crime spots Nithari (in Noida) and Gurgaon are at the frontlines of where India and Bharat meet. Where an urban and rapidly growing India crashes into Bharat that seems to have been left out of the development loop. Any surprise then that such confrontations should arise in these pockets and between these two groups of people?


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