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Old 28th Mar 2019, 05:24
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tartare
 
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I visited India in 2000 from Blighty with the then Ms T (a local) - on her way to become Mrs T.
We went back to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, South Goa and Pune two years ago to see the extended fam - and let the kids meet the Indian cousins.
Big, big changes in that time.
Noticeable overall decreases in poverty (although still starkly evident in some places).
So the trope about misuse of foreign aid - rickshaws versus space programs etc. is a bit tired and intellectually lazy.
EDIT - see https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-47729568
The amount India spends on its space program amounts to about 0.4 per cent of it's annual budget.
It's a low cost space power.
Some more detail on Mission Shakti here:
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-...-down/10947246
And the amount you pongolians spend on Foreign aid each year - isn't it around 70p per 100 nicker earned, or around 0.7 per cent of GNI?
Or Just under 14 billion squids, of which a paltry 100 or so million goes to India?
Not exactly breaking the bank - is it!
They just squeak in on the list of top 10 donor recipients.

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