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Unity in Diversity! [FDI]

You have dumped several items into the trolley and you try to recall some of the important ones while proceeding to the cash counter; “sambar powder, idly powder, mango pickles, raw rice, curry masala, coconut… pooja items.. yeah, camphor, betal leaves…”.  Then place them one by one the desk.  The owner’s fingers dance on the calculator and he says”50 Dollars” and adds “Madam, the other day you asked for Toor dal and Tamarind… it’s there”.  You pick them up from one of the shelves and he collects 58 dollars.

As you are getting ready to leave that store, the gentle man at the counter asks, “would you like to hire a taxi cab?.

“Yes, tell him to take us to that  vegetarian restaurant… we will have our supper there.

The taxi wallah drops you at the said restaurant and collects 10 dollars.  The waiter put the menu card on the table..   You choose idly-sambar, ghee roast and coffee and in ten minutes, they are on the table.  And, as soon as you wash your hands after eating these delicious items, you get a bill for 29 dollars.  You pay 30 dollars and leave the place.

By now, it is clear you are some where in North America.  Even if you are somewhere  in Europe, you have all these facilities now-a-days.  There are Indian stores in all these foreign countries.

My question is, when Indian stores and restaurants, selling Indian goods and dishes are there in almost all countries, why are some people in India {specially, politicians} so upset when foreign retail shops are permitted to function in Indian markets?  Is it just a habit of saying ‘No’ to anything that comes from the ruling party?  When it comes to opposing the government policy there is remarkable unity among opposition parties!.

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

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