Saturday, October 29, 2005

Many Indian politicians are squatters

Amazing but true: some of India's toniest politicians and stars are squatters, according to this article from gulfnews. The list of illegal occupants include Bihar Governor Buta Singh, Communist Party (Marxist) leader Harkishen Singh Surjeet, senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Jaswant Singh, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, artist Jatin Das, Kathak dancer Birju Maharaj, Bharatnatyam exponent Leela Samson and Kuchipudi dancers Raja and Radha Reddy. They all seem to be occupying government-owned houses that are far beyond what they are entitled to under law. Left and right are implicated in the scandal--and although it is the sad norm in India, it is a scandal. By what right do politicians push out the poor, while preserving their own illegal percs.

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