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March 26, 2009 at 2:07 PM

India’s ultracheap automobile

Exploitation of the poor

The Nano car [“Ultracheap car: India may be just the start,” Business, March 24], in one broad stroke of a polluting brush, will decimate and neutralize clean-technology advances elsewhere in the world, thicken the already chocking air of India’s cities, clog its over populated streets and bring great carnage to this country, whose dividing line between the rich and poor is thinner than a razor blade.

Man’s nature, lacking sound restraint, will always seek to feed its greed no matter the expense to others. Ratan Tata’s argument sounds the clever notes of plausibility into uneducated ears when claiming this to only be a noble effort helping them into a car they can afford.

This shameless exploitation of the poor and ignorant majority, this great additional assault on planet Earth, will only serve to speed the catastrophic consequence of our blind, destructive and voracious self concern.

— Michael E. White, Brush Prairie

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