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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Indian Obscenity

No matter where in the political divide you stand , there has to be something wrong with a system permitting the building of a billion dollar house in one of the poorest nations in the world. India goes  cap-in-hand for aid money from the Western countries while allowing ostentation like this in their own country. The insensitivity of such a structure in a poverty-stricken country is appalling!

Mukesh Ambani, India's richest man according to Forbes, just moved his family into a $1 billion Mumbai skyscraper -- occupying all 27 stories.
The 53-year-old tycoon's new home is larger than the Palace of Versailles and needs a staff of 600 to keep things running. The building has underground parking for 160 cars, three helicopter pads and a theater that seats 50. The Ambani family will occupy all 27 stories, which include a ballroom, several lounges, a health club, a dance studio and an elevated garden large enough to accommodate trees. Everybody needs a little greenery, right?
Some have suggested that the billionaire, like many of his billionaire compadres, was simply buying himself a private island. Indeed, he chose to name the structure Antilia, which is the name of a mythical island.

India, which has more cellphones than toilets according to the U.N. University think tank, remains one of the world's most impoverished places. And it would seem that Ambani isn't taking much heed of India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's urging that business leaders be "role models of moderation."
This kind of story makes it hard for India to ask for international funds to reduce it's carbon footprint!


  1. To add insult to injury it looks like a badly stacked box on box construction!

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  2. not only that, but people in other poor places should never spend their earnings improving the community!!! I would bet that the billion dollars went to only already rich people, and not one single otherwise poor person got a job building or taking care of the billion dollar home. Would it have been better if perchance part of the billion was spent making his home energy independent so he did not have to pay high cost utility bills? What a schmucky blogger this is. For this author, wealth is stolen, it is not created.

  3. I think it is really outrageous when our crowded courts 300 years of cases, I think its outrageous how people in general, and the courts are aware of the corruption that passes through a body politic.

  4. The concept of obscenity differs from country to country. It depends on cultural values and moral principles that have shaped history and society of the country.
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