• Aug 21, 2008


Click above for a high-res gallery of the Tata Nano

Raze 1,000-acres of farmland to build an automobile factory, and somebody is going to protest. Even in India. The automaker is Tata, and the protesters numbered at least 1,000 strong as they went head-to-head against police in eastern India yesterday at the future manufacturing site of the Tata Nano (rumored to be the world's cheapest car at just $2,380). The protests are rooted deeper than just "open space" issues. In fact, the real tension is between India's ruling party, and the communist-run government in West Bengal where the plant is to be located. The farmers are unwilling to part with their agricultural livelihood, while the government continues to promote industry. After blocking a highway for a few hours, the stick-wielding protesters were dispersed without injuries. Once again, progress wins out over pastures.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'D RATHER TAKE MY CHANCES IN A GOLF CART ON OUR FREEWAYS THAN THAT JUNK, PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEE DON'T BRING THAT THING TO USA
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Can't we just get along?" - Rodney King
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hilariously small wheels. Hilariously entertaining. Not so funny if you get in an accident with a real car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        what real car? the only thing they got that moves faster than a rick-shaw is a loaded, no i mean really, busting from the seams, bus
      • 6 Years Ago
      All this trouble over a car that most Indians are not looking forward to seeing on their already congested streets. I came across one of these tin boxes on a recent trip to India this summer. Video link below:

      http://www.livevideo.com/video/Thundercat98/7DEBDA62FA47423B8FA0C51FDE1F0A6A/ta-ta-to-the-nano.aspx
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wow is the paint already chipping? Excellent...
      • 6 Years Ago
      KINDA LOOKS LIKE A TATA...IF YOU HAD A PAIR OF THEM THEY MIGHT BE MISTAKEN FOR TATAS...A PEACH OF A PAIR???
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ok, before the peanut gallery comes in with their ignorant cries of COMMUNISM OMG!!1111~~~ (oh wait, they already did), everyone should know that there are "communists" in India, but they really don't mean anything close to what Americans think of "communism." It's just a name. Yes, you see all the symbols in certain "communist" towns, including large hammer and sickle statues, but its just a name.

      It's not red october, relax guys.
        Ferd
        • 6 Years Ago
        Paul, how old are you? If you think communism is dead, think again. Russia is just waiting to step back into her role as the great communist leader. China is communist. Vietnam, and a host of other countries are communist. If you think communism is just a name, you need to go where the fighting is, and watch how the commies control people. Think China and Russia are our buddies? Think again. Have a great day.
      • 6 Years Ago
      When the US Supreme Court ruled taking private property by eminent domain for comercial purposes was legal, we reduced ourselves to less enlightened governments.

      But didn't we set a precident with the Indians several centuries ago?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Eminent domain also requires that whoever condemns that private property reimburse the owner for the fair market value of the property. Not sure if that's the case in India, though.

        At any rate, we did indeed set a precedent a few centuries ago. Except, instead of cash for their property, usually we just exchanged gunfire and murder. Same thing, right? This is America, goddamit!
      • 6 Years Ago
      We have to stop taking arable land for industrial purposes. This is a policy of suicide for humanity.
      SARA
      • 6 Years Ago
      Will this be sold over here in the states in time for Christmas by Fisher-Price or some other toy company? Ok, but seriously, my son's tricycle has bigger wheels.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well yeah, my bad.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Makes me think of the old Crosleys, but with a tad less charm.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crosley

      An old friend of my father owned a Crosley, and once said he couldn't take right turns very sharply unless his *ahem* somewhat portly wife was in the passenger seat.

      As far as commie this or pasture that, it's my general observation that ~whatever~ the winning faction in a fight supports is always hailed as 'progress'.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wtf are you talking about. The Communists won because the protestors gave up protesting. Who do you think took their land to go build the Tata factory on?!?

      You sir, are an idiot.
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