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The politics and arrogance of British aid to India

S H U T U P!!!!!


Wheres that lah Di dah Gunner Graham, eh?

Shit up straight while you're punkering!

India's problem is the caste system. Until they get rid of that, they'll always be at a disadvantage.

Mind you, I suppose we have a caste system here: chavs, normal human beings, toffs.
 
Shit up straight while you're punkering!

India's problem is the caste system. Until they get rid of that, they'll always be at a disadvantage.

Mind you, I suppose we have a caste system here: chavs, normal human beings, toffs.

You aren't wrong and near the top of the pile are (ignoring MP's), local govt civil servants, some of whom are on breathtaking salaries and perks.
 
You aren't wrong and near the top of the pile are (ignoring MP's), local govt civil servants, some of whom are on breathtaking salaries and perks.

Not to mention the large numbers of successful business people who want to leave the place as soon as they have started making a pile, rather than reinvest it over there.

The other issue is how difficult it is to move and live there. I love India, I really do, but I can't move there and buy a house because you have to be an Indian in order to buy property, or at least married to an Indian.

And I'm neither, so I can't sell up here and move to an agreeable bungalow over there.

Ah! A bungalow in Jaipur in my dotage, with a bunch of wallahs to serve me G&Ts on the verandah. A distant dream.

On the other hand, Indians can come over here and buy the whole of Luton, nay bother.

Seems a bit unfair, that.
 
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K of the B, be grateful. You could end up with your dream bungalow next door to Yusuf/Rayc and he would come over each evening and bore you to death with the glories of India - excluding tales of success in the Olympics of course.
 
K of the B, be grateful. You could end up with your dream bungalow next door to Yusuf/Rayc and he would come over each evening and bore you to death with the glories of India - excluding tales of success in the Olympics of course.

Ah yes. The glories of India. Chicken tikka masala, hordes of filthy hippy backpackers, Bollywood rubbish, call centres and the Museum of Toilets....

Wecome to Sulabh International Toilet Museum

And, er, that's it, apart from the Taj Mahal, I suppose.

Everything else was built by the Brits.

But it's still a wonderful country and the Indians are wonderful people.
 

john_singh

Old-Salt
Everything else was built by the Brits.

Your right everything else was built by the Brits.

Somnath Temple Somnath - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Golden Temple Harmandir Sahib - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Madurai Madurai - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Hampi Hampi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

bodh gaya Bodh Gaya - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Etc etc.

I am not a great fan of willy waving like RayC
But I think credit should be given where it is due, and abit of historical accuracy maybe!!

You are right though we are wonderfull people (except those "elite" cnuts, but they are the reason machetes were invented)
 

Cold_Collation

LE
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Ah yes. The glories of India. Chicken tikka masala, hordes of filthy hippy backpackers, Bollywood rubbish, call centres and the Museum of Toilets....

Wecome to Sulabh International Toilet Museum

And, er, that's it, apart from the Taj Mahal, I suppose.

Everything else was built by the Brits.

But it's still a wonderful country and the Indians are wonderful people.

I'm not having that. Chicken Tikka Masala is a British dish!

Goodness Gracious Me - Superman is Indian....!!! - YouTube

On the other hand...

Goodness Gracious Me - Going for an English - YouTube
 
Mind you,

Indian snobs are far worse than even British ones in my experience.
Your right on that point I remember sitting on a beach in Goa and the lad who's sunbeds we were renting which also included him as a waiter/go for type person getting shit from a group of middle class down from Bombay. We were actually embarrassed for the lad if it had been me I'd have tipped the meal over them and told them to **** off.
 

Yusuf

Old-Salt
I did expect a nice laugh after starting the thread. You guys disappointed me. Is that the best you guys could try?
 
Exactly, if you want an argument, present a decent proposition, not a plagiarised rant.
 

MrDave

War Hero
It's not the aid that bothers me so much as the names of the faceless pricks who go out of their way to give our tax money away that I would like to know, the sooner they are rounded up and bayoneted the better off we will all be, both financially and speaking for myself spiritually.
 

King-walt

War Hero
To me it seems India has always been survival of the fittest; the rich get richer and the poor keep getting paid **** all, you would believe how many bicaris (aka beggers) I had swamping me when I was down there back in November last year and I'll be heading out there again next month backpacking as well as visiting family and friends, this is one of my diary entries from last year:

We went to the place with Iqubal's uncle and ordered a small bottle of whiskey and than went to some place next door called a Dhaba where mainly poor people go to consume alcohol in peace and socialise with their friends, basically the Indian version of a pub.
The place was filthy, filled with labourers who were dirty looking and flies were everywhere, we sat and drank and than after having some fried fish returned home and I collapsed on the bed feeling off my face.
 
I did expect a nice laugh after starting the thread. You guys disappointed me. Is that the best you guys could try?
Yusuf I regard you as a complete prat. You seem be on a mission to try to educate the members of this site on how glorious India is. You do not notice that this is not a site about India. We have google, libraries and schools to find knowledge without your help. I will indulge you though, a counrty of about 1.2 billion people has had what success at the Olympic Games over the last, say, twenty years? That's long enough after independence for you not to blame the British for failing to provide sports facilities.
 
That would be me, then. (In one of my lives-In another one, I was the evil, tax collecting bastard. Surely, even I can't get bayonetted twice for doing two seperate jobs?)

Anyway, not wishing to spoil a good rant with dull statistics but, we spend the grand total of bugger -all on foreign aid. We have a Government Department, with a Minister, paid, by the Treasury, to be 'Faceless pricks' on the public's behalf, and spend the budgetary equivalent of the change down the back of the sofa... Cool, eh?

Considering other major states spend even less, we even pat ourselves on the back for doing that much.

We spend 0.7% of GDP on international aid. A shade over £11.5 billion. Less than 1%. In economic terms, that's so small it's an accounting error.

Quite honestly, 'the politics and arrogance' of giving away the economic equivalent of a used tea bag isn't worth wasting your bile on. Does Yusuf feel better about our arrogance, now that he realises just how irrelevant it is, or annoyed that we are so cheapskate?
 

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