Eveyday , when I go for job, I look at the Wal Mart mega shopping empire here at my place and get shocked to understand that this Bheeman is going to replace our corner shops and small small village shops.
The bad joke is our own people , as Wal Mart logo says" Our People Make the Difference," will make charts and reports of "margins" and "profits" if we shop at Wal Mart.Wal Mart sells all goods, 90 % of all goods if not 100 %, that are made in China sweat- shops. Nothing is made in Canada or US; absolutely nothing. So, if Wal Mart India can import items from China, Korea, Taiwan, Bengladesh and other low-waged countries, and fill their shelves,it is not the shops alone that are going to be closed but many of our manufacturing and small scale industires.
Last month I was admitted in a hospital with asthma caused by icy wind and low temperature. When they discharged me I came out of the hospital and looked everywhere for a hot tea or coffee. The compound of the hospital is virtually empty. No 'insan.'No 'pettikkada', no milk booth, no tea stalls, no 'kanji' shop; nothing. I was standing there shivering, and I cursed this system for not allowing small people to do their business for the common people like me. I called a taxi, went to a Sub Way, a US food chain like Wal Mart ,and had to have a berger and a root beer. They don't issue licence for small entrepreners. Only Wal Mart. Only Home Depot. Only Sub Way. Only Tims. Only Second Cups.Only Shoppers Drug Marts....
Our politicians always get their share. No democratic protests work.People need new ways of protests.Democratic protest is a failure in India because democratically elected MPs and MLAs and politicians are the lobbyists for multinational and big corporations and, did you notice, all political parties talk always about "developments",big bridges, 45- metre roads and big big projects-means big money for them for generations and rule of dynasty in a democracy.They fix retirement age for everything, for everybody, not for them. These "kadalkkizhavanmaar" rule our contry and play with our destinies.