How does one write two posts on the same subject with opposite points of view?
First you say you’re afraid of the car:
I have been reading about the Rs 1 Lakh (about US$2,500) car that Tata Motors is planning on selling soon.
It scares me witless. ……….
Yes, those cars scare the hell out of me.
Ratan Tata is the “leader” in question when he decides that he will make the cheap car. Now he could have led alternatively. For instance, he could have called Mukesh Ambani, Aditya Birla, and other assorted movers and shakers of Indian industry and academia and said, “Guys and gals, let’s figure out what we need to do to solve India’s transportation problems. Let’s do the arithmetic and figure out which way we should go. And having figured it out, we push for that public policy to set that goal.
And then finally, without eating the least bit of humble pie (this would be a very nutritious dish in your case, Mr. Pompous Popinjay), you completely switch your stance:
In any event, Tata Motors is making a game-changing move and I am proud that an Indian corporation is doing so. Way to go, Mr Ratan Tata. May you succeed beyond your wildest dreams.