: : Of course, a 50% state role in joint ventures was not enough to keep 20,000 people from being killed, in their beds or over years of suffering, at Bhopal 15 years ago. Union Carbide evaded their responsibility in spite of the fact that the Madhya Pradesh government had a 50% share. The lesson here is that we must always be vigilant against businessmen who are willing to prostitute human life for profits.
: Too bad the Indians didn't opt to keep the Brits in India. The people would have a standard of living today far above what it presently is.
Frenchy, your clear sight is only matched by your tact and talent for diplomacy. The British milked India for two hundred years with no thought for the Indian people beyond their ability to produce goods for the British Empire; they instituted a landlord system that kept the average Indian in virtual slavery, and they allowed famine and disease to sweep through major parts of India on at least three occasions; due largely to the British insistence that the Indian peasants switch from subsistence farming to farming that would serve the Empire. It's hardly bloody surprising that they mutinied on several occasions, most notably in 1857.
The standard of living was high for the rajas and the British; and abominably low for the peasants; it's really not surprising at all that the newly-independent Indian state went for socialism in a big way.
And it's worth noting that India is still largely self-sufficient; despite having a population approaching one billion, India has not suffered a major famine since Independence; which is more than can be said for any Western country.
: Ahh, thank God for civilization.
See exactly what M.K. Gandhi said about Western civilisation.
And do try to buff up on your history a bit, there's a good boy.