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They are why we're slobs!

'We need to rein in our MNCs, for they seem to have little ethics in their advertising. When they are selling something that is harmful in the long term, they should disclose that to the buyer. Children and teenagers should be protected from the onslaught of unscrupulous MNCs who sell junk as aspirational. We need stringent labelling and advertising regulations.'

Just so you know, that's Chetan Bhagat railing against 'unscrupulous' MNCs who supposedly are part of the reason why we live unhealthy lives. Now for a moment let me go with the idiocy Chetan recommends. Extending his line of thought, what about having all of Chetan's books carry a warning on its covers? That buying and reading such lousy literature rife with poor usages of the Englishman's language can set one back a few years in one's quest to mastering it. In fact why stop, I think the whole country should have signage all over. Signs on roads stating that crossing them can probably have us taking a trip to meet our maker. Signs telling us that its mandatory that we pray before we hit the roads in India, and so on.

Chetan's right. Labels, regulated advertising, and signage are what we need.

Not introspective citizens and consumers who have the guts to admit they are responsible for who they are, and the state they are in. But then again, that may be too much to ask. After all, that means we have to go around pointing the finger at ourselves. We have to say, we're fat because we are slobs who eat like hogs. Our roads are because we drive like insensitive maniacs. Oh no, no way! We are fat because the MNCs don't tell us what's in the pack of chips! Our roads are because the big bad MNCs make cars with excessive horsepower! Shame on them!

Yeah right, Chetan, what we need is labels and regulations. So we can go back to being slobs and maniacs who rail against everything and everyone else for the condition we are in.

I love the idea! Chetan for President, people! And hooray to lousy English.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Blogs should be allowed to have a like button.. Easier that commenting (lazy me speaking here) Loved it.. Just remembered a comment he gave on the NDTV cell guru show 'I am also an engineer' and i was like really??? No connection there but just remembered it :)
Ray Titus said…
Bring in the 'like' button, people! :)
Piyush said…
An excellent blog, and Prof Ray true capitalist instinct stays on.
sonal said…
very much true ....as v cnt blame others for our actions....its on us to review our lifestyle ....
Ray Titus said…
Thanks Piyush. Dead right, the capitalist instinct stays on. :) Hey, its only a dimwit who can be a socialist!

Sonal, glad you agree...

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