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Record blackout leaves over 600 million without electricity in India

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by vta, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    Wow. That's staggering when you think about it; that's double the population of the United States. 60% of the Indian population has no power.

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  2. DragonCowboy

    DragonCowboy Well-Known Member

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    The last time I visited a few years ago, in areas in South India they had scheduled power cuts twice a day (once in the morning, once in the evening). About 6-8 years ago, power wasn't even something that could be relied on. It would go out almost every day for a while at a time.

    India has a looooooooooooooooong way to go.
  3. cowboy_ron

    cowboy_ron You Can't Fix Stupid

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    Looks like the major corporations that outsource their billing inquiries to India are in a bit of a pickle today
  4. RastaRocket

    RastaRocket Sanka, Ya Dead Mon? Ya Mon.

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    I wonder if there will be any telemarketers or service phone people working today?
  5. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    You'd think a nuclear country might try nuclear energy as a viable option.
  6. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    They spent ungodly amounts of money becoming nuclear capable in the 70s and 80s, but screw the countries power grids! :laugh2:
  7. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    They've been screwing their people for years. Third world country that shouldn't.
  8. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

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    Ignore your infrastructure, and you pay the price....
  9. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    India is almost a perfect example of what not to do
  10. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament...

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    They still operate in a Caste system... it will never get better for the overwhelmingly majority...
  11. DragonCowboy

    DragonCowboy Well-Known Member

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    Mm caste system isn't really a big deal anymore, at least where I'm from. There are some affirmative action laws that help people who originated from lower castes, though. There is still a minority of people who care about caste, but for the most part, that's not an issue.

    What is an issue though is the endless corruption in the country.
  12. DragonCowboy

    DragonCowboy Well-Known Member

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    I think they have been trying that but there have been a lot of protests.

    A huge problem that India used to have (and might still have) is the brain drain. Some of the most intelligent Indians jumped ship to England/USA as soon as they got the chance (like my parents)
  13. WV Cowboy

    WV Cowboy Waitin' on the 6th

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    Losing power is not that big of a thing, .. unless it goes on for days.

    Going without power for days upon days is mind-boggling.

    It changes you until the power comes back on.
  14. DallasCowpoke

    DallasCowpoke Fierce Allegiance

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    This country should heed this advice.
  15. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    Only if your name is 'notherbob and you live on a farm. ;)
    Most people aren't prepared to lose power and it has been two days so far. A lot of people must be frustrated as hell over there.
  16. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament...

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    Yep... unfortunately we are too busy running around trying to not offend anyone...
  17. DragonCowboy

    DragonCowboy Well-Known Member

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    A lot of people can't afford it anyway. The vast majority don't have air conditioning either (think the top 1%). As for the lights, people have plenty of candles, etc.

    I'm sure that the people who can afford electricity/internet, etc are pretty angry right now, though.
  18. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

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    The old joke about a colonial conversation goes: You British may have invented bureacracy, but we Indians have perfected it!


    The scope of the problem is pretty spectacular though. If the infrastructure was damaged, it could be gone quite a while. However, after the Year of the Four Hurricanes, my family in Florida were without power for over two weeks.
  19. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    1% ? Occupy Pulbangesh!
  20. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    Doh! That should have been "country's power grids".

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