Thursday, November 30, 2006

Petrol and communists

Ok, so the central government is going to reduce fuel prices starting today, Rs 2 for petrol and Rs 1 for diesel. But that is a very marginal difference. A Rs 2 cut in petrol won't matter that much at all. The price is still in the high 40s.

But we still haven't started to realise that our over dependence of this precious commodity, over which countries have fought wars or are busy overthrowing governments and destroying countries so that supply lines are not cut is starting to run out. What about alternate fuels? Whatever happened to the Save Oil, Save India launched by state controlled petrol firms a few years ago? Won't we ever learn? There is no space on the road and traffic jams are becoming common nowadays. And we have the car manufacturers launching new car models every month.

And then we have our commie brethren who want the government to reduce prices even further.

"The Communist Party of India (Marxist) welcomed the decision to cut prices of petrol and diesel but said the Government should slash them further.

CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury told reporters here that "we expect that the burden would be reduced further on consumers in keeping with international fuel prices."


Some people never learn.



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