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Some words about the French adventurers who came in India in the 18° century to make a fortune

During the 18° century, the French ( monarchy) tried to colonize India. Dupleix, then governor general of the French establishments in India and the greatest rival of Robert Clive ( then British governor of Bengal), achieved to rule half of … Continue reading

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India : elections are a ( rather) lucrative time for slum-dwellers

Before every election, all the four hundred families residing in the Shastrinagar slum await the visit of the various political parties representatives of their area. Like other families living in other slums in India. To please the slum-dwellers, politicians offer them money … Continue reading

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Money is not what matters ( or why less is more)

One common belief is that the universe is pure abundance and all we need to do is to plug into an infinite supply of material wealth to abandon our scarcity-ridden mindset. Because money is there, it has to be spent. … Continue reading

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India : more and more farmers are killing themselves

The Indian economy is booming. Yet, more and more farmers are killing themselves because they are over-indebted, victims of drought or insufficient harvests, or because they are bankrupted. Indeed, they can’t repay their loans. According to the ministry of agriculture, more than 200.000 … Continue reading

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The “parsi” : a community threatened with extinction

“Within 50 years, may be we will no more exist” worry the last 67.000 “parsi” of India, almost all of them living in Mumbaï, the economic capital of the country. This tight-knit community left Persia ( now Iran) in the … Continue reading

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Kathmandu is not an heaven !

For decades, people ( both nepalese and westerners) have been trying to develop Nepal. Now that Kathmandu ( the capital) has it, some regret the old days. The problem n°1 is the overpopulation. Indeed, Kathmandu seems to be following other Asian … Continue reading

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India : gambling on riots

In the indian state of Madhya pradesh, the Chief Minister has accused a most unlikely group of people of triggering communal riots : bookies. At Indore ( one of the main towns of the state), there is a tradition of … Continue reading

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India : where begging is a business…

Samrat runs a successful small business in a street in Mumbaï, the economic capital of India. His tobacco stall draws a constant stream of smokers and “paan” ( betel leaves chew) lovers. But that’s not all. A large chunk of his … Continue reading

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India : begging is a good job

A study of 3526 beggars conducted by Delhi university found four had university degrees while 6 had completed college. They are now begging around traffic junctions because they could not find suitable jobs. The study said there were 58.000 beggars … Continue reading

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India : many Indians become indebted because of medical expenditures

Lack of access to quality public health services and a rapidly growing unregulated private sector have led to a situation where an increasing number of people are getting trapped in debts or slipping into deeper poverty due to the expenses … Continue reading

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