Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Big Fat Cheating

"Oh,this thing. Why did you take such a big pain to bring this from there. We get all stuffs here in India."
Expatriates, you might have heard this at least once from your relatives and friends back home.
Even two three years back, it was these same people who used to give you list of things that they want from 'foreign' country.

And now they dont even care about even your feelings or concern for the dear ones. The unexpected comment may make you dumbmouthed. Before you curse yourself, just make them understand the quality difference. They will definitely be surprised.

A simple chocolate like Kit Kat, or a dish washing liquid Pril or any such stuff. You buy it from India and compare it with a product from any other foreign country. You will be surprised to see the quality difference.

Its natural multinational companies eye a fast growing economy like India to sell their products. But where is the quality check.

Except Sunita Narain and her Centre for Science and Environment, no one has ever dared to challenge the quality of any foreign commodity. She drew our attention to the high level of pesticides contained in soft drinks like Coke and Pepsi in India. Pepsi and Coke has faced the wrath of Leftists in Kerala. But the reasons for that protest was more or less political and environmental.

When commodities flow into an open market like ours, the issues are larger.In developed countries, customer is the king. When it comes to developing countries, customer is thrusted with more unwanted things with less customer satisfaction.

Contrary to this,thousands are still devoid of basic needs. The rich is getting richer and the poor is getting poorer. The imbalance is growing day-by-day and no national parties are really not bothered about the deprived communities.

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