But you see, I am sure the UN cannot be wrong - if they think a top corporate house of an HDI-in-the-pits country [Human Development Index - for the uninitiated, the industrialists, the politicians, the middle & upper classes, the 24-hr sansanikhez-news-bite channels, the i-hate-depressing-news-ers. . .] can help reduce poverty, then I am sure their reliance on dear Mukesh isn't misplaced. I mean, I'd say the UN knows best. Just like the World Bank knows best. You see, what we stupid, short-sighted, anti-development, anti-national welfarist people do not really understand, is the power of 'the corporate unleashed' - free-market style. So if you were wondering what our Friedmanist Chicago School followers are up to these days, you'd find them at the UN offices - playing 'halve-poverty-or-die-tryin''. Only, I call it 'button-button-who's-got-the-button'. . .
But, maybe you know, what emboldened the UN-MDG people, was the Union Carbide victory. That surely proves that our corporate houses, and our tried-and-tested aid-granting, debt-dangling friends urging our government to do its best by its people, can get it do deliver on just about anything - i mean, on right up to justice for darling old Warren Anderson, now can't they? Oh, c'mon now, don't tell me you'd grudge a pliant li'l drowning-in-debt third world country an attractive business climate!!
So, really, getting businessmen-who-mean-business to help us halve poverty is just the first step, and no mistake. (In fact, better still, let's halve the poor! I mean look at the way it was so terrifically stage-managed in Latin America - seems so much easier than tackling poverty, love, it'd be a shame not to consider it as an option!). With the World Bank helping us structurally adjust to neo-liberalism for last twenty years, we cannot fail. . .to get many more Ambanis faring well - at the centre, at the UN, and at the rich man's roulette. . . .oh, the stock-market, you silly darling!
[That populations in certain regions of Latin America have gone down drastically as a result of brutal regimes and brutal economic-realignment programmes, is a fact garnered from Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine. Other books that have contributed to my understanding of the Latin American situation and the dominant political-economic paradigm in the post-Chicago School-decades - i.e. the last 40 years - are: Eduardo Galeano's Open Veins of Latin America, Tariq Ali's Pirates of the Caribbean, and Susan George's and Fabrizio Sabelli's Faith and Credit: The Secular Empire of the World Bank]