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Published: Monday, July 21 2014 4:10 a.m. MDT

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John Kateel
Salt Lake City, UT

As an American born guy with Indian born parents, I still find this amazing. In my reading of the original New York Times article, a commenter claimed that "India was a septic tank masquerading as an emerging power. " Also, no major Indian city has a wastewater treatment plant. The immune systems of poor children in India consume so much kilocalories just to ward off water borne infectious disease that mental development is stunted because the cerebral cortex is starved. And forget Olympic medals. If you cannot provide enough energy to keep your brain fueled, forget about training for the Olympics. One billion plus people, and no Olympic medals.

Yet if you skim the cream de la cream off the top of this society, you will find a quarter of the Silicon Valley tech population, the richest demographic in the USA, AncelorMittal Steel. Reliance Industries, the owner of Jaguar luxury cars, spelling bee domination, med school domination, Bollywood, yoga, Hotmail, pharmaceutical biotech research.

You can thank the kids of this society for your stainless steel water bottle, the cool stuff at Pottery Barn, that $90 shirt at Nordstroms, and so on. These kids make the best stuff at night.

Maudine
SLC, UT

We don't need no stinking government oversight - corporations will do the right thing without the government telling them what to do.

Just ask India.

intervention
slc, UT

@maudine
I had the exact same thought.

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

Sorry Mr. Kateel I did not understand your comments. But it is a no brainer the most crucial health factors are clean water and sanitation.

Meadow
Alpharetta, GA

@Maudine, @intervention,

I'm no anti-government zealot, but have you been to India or otherwise had any experience with the country? It's government is huge, omnipresent, and unfortunately, massively inefficient. The amount of needless bureaucracy is mind numbing. At the same time, relatively speaking, business structures are week. And yet it appears that the problems listed in the article exist, despite government oversight. Perhaps a simplistic, possibly ignorant, denigration of business provides little insight into causes and cures for India.

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