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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

A Victory for the People of Communist-run West Bengal

posted by on August 28 at 13:13 PM

Round one:

An Indian retailing firm operating Western-style supermarket stores has closed its stores in Communist-run West Bengal state after a spate of attacks.

The enemy:

“We want to protect our company’s properties and we have to ensure the safety of our employees. So we cannot open our stores at the moment,” said Raghu Pillai [of Reliance Retail.]

The people:

“This is a victory for the working class, the toiling peasants and the small traders involved with retail of agricultural products,” said [the leader of The Forward Bloc], Ashok Ghosh.

The leader of the state’s main opposition Trinamul Congress party [,Mamata Banerjee,] has also opposed these stores.

“More than 100,000 poor people in our state make a living from retail of agricultural products. We cannot take away their living by allowing big companies like Reliance to enter the sector,” Mamata Banerjee said.

The next front:

US supermarket giant Wal-Mart is to enter the Indian retail market after announcing a joint agreement with India’s Bharti Enterprises.

The two companies said they had signed a deal to “jointly explore business opportunities” in India.

Bharti chairman Sunil Mittal said the two companies intended to open “several hundred” stores across India under the Wal-Mart brand name.

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a victory through violence. hooray communism.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | August 28, 2007 2:17 PM

So dumb. One reason people there are poor is because they don't have efficient shops or infrastructure. We could make jobs for all the poor people in the world (by making us all poor) if we just reverted to hunter-gatherers.

It's like saying "if we get rid sharecropping all these poor farmers won't have jobs" or "if we get ride of the garbage dump and replace it with a factory all the hobos won't have a trash to rummage through".

Garbage dumps, garbage shops and garbage ideas.

Posted by Andrew | August 28, 2007 2:48 PM

An Indian supermarket is much better than an American-owned Walmart. At least the profits stay in India. Those activists are going to be hoist on their own petard by chasing out local retail stores, leaving plenty of room for more rapacious foreign stores. But whatever, too bad for them.

Posted by keshmeshi | August 28, 2007 3:26 PM

WalMart: We Put The RED in Red China and Red India!

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 28, 2007 4:02 PM

Whoa, Will in Seattle used the word red three fucking times without using bushies. Crazy.

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 28, 2007 4:19 PM

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