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Friday, February 14, 2020

US President Donald Trump will be shielded from the sight of slums by a newly built 400-meter-long and seven-feet-high wall when he visits the city of Ahmedabad during a visit to India this month. The contractor building it told Reuters the government "did not want the slum to be seen" when Trump passes by on the ride in from Ahmedabad's airport.

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Trump, who has made his pledge to build a wall along the United States' border with Mexico a feature of his presidency, will visit India on Feb. 24-25 to reaffirm strategic ties that have been buffeted by trade disputes.

He is expected to attend an event dubbed "Kem Chho Trump" ("How are you, Trump") at a stadium in Ahmedabad along the lines of the "Howdy Modi" extravaganza he hosted for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Houston last September.

Speaking at the White House on Tuesday, Trump quoted Modi as saying "millions and millions of people" would attend the rally.

The event provides Trump, who was impeached in December, with the opportunity to woo the support of hundreds of thousands of Indian-American voters ahead of the US presidential election in November.

But some slum dwellers whose homes will be cordoned off by the wall in Ahmedabad " the largest city in Modi's home state of Gujarat " said the government was wasting tax-payer money to hide the poor.

"Poverty and slums are the reality of our life, but Modi's government wants to hide the poor," said Parvatbhai Mafabhai, a day worker who has lived there with his family for more than three decades.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2020-02-14 05:30 AM | Reply

No, I don't know what the hell the second video is about. It's just there as a chew toy for the twitter-luving management in case this thread makes it to the front page.

#2 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2020-02-14 05:34 AM | Reply

Isn't India 99.9% dirt poor?

#3 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-02-14 07:18 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

CPA firms are outsourcing tax prep services to India. A starting salary is $30/hour here. In Indian they were charging $6 for a two hour tax return. The problem is that the returns were just horrible garbage that require more work to fix than it cost to prepare in the first place. The workers just don't care as they are paid by the number of returns they push out.

#4 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-02-14 07:21 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Isn't India 99.9% dirt poor?

With a few billionaires who have eaten everything from the rest of them.

The workers just don't care as they are paid by the number of returns they push out.

Same with any war machine, intellectual property or scientific paper they produce. Quantity (mostly copied/stolen) over quality.

Same with their software that crashed the Boeing 737... Quantity over quality.

#5 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2020-02-14 07:31 AM | Reply

What's horrible, is them pretending they don't have poor people in India.... even as Modi's policies are pushing more and more people into poverty.

#6 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2020-02-14 07:33 AM | Reply

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