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Governments the world over are doing their best to stave off budget shortfalls, and India has taken to upping the cost of fuel to cover its overhead. Turns out the common man isn't much for those kinds of shenanigans. According to the BBC News, after fuel prices shot skyward, opposition to the ruling party initiated a strike that stuttered normal life in the country for a few days. Schools closed down, businesses shuttered their doors and transportation ground to a near halt with some flights and trains canceled. Even the nation's biggest trucking union sided with the strike, further complicating matters.

There's even some word that Toyota had to stop work at one of its facilities near Bangalore due to the disruptions. There's no news yet as to whether or not the prices have come back down, but Toyota has managed to get things moving again in its factory.

There is some indication that the public at large is more concerned about the higher price of cooking kerosene rather than the slight nudge in the cost of gasoline. Either way, we're thinking the powers that be will probably think twice before tweaking fuel prices again.

[Source: BBC News via The Truth About Cars | Image: Manish Swarup/The Associated Press]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      "She’ll go 300 hectares on a single tank of kerosene…Put it in H!"
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL!! Great reference!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Normal..

      The "Opposition" just needs a reason to do something stupid!!!

      **Ignored**
      • 4 Years Ago
      Welcome to the developed world...where lifes a beach and no one gives a flying rats behind.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nah...The prices are yet to come down . Well this is pretty common here. After every announcement of a Fuel Price Hike , there is a total strike for a day ....but after a couple of days things get back to normal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is that guy putting diesel in a scooter? I didn't know anybody made a diesel scooter...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I noticed the same thing too. Who makes a diesel scooter anyway?

        And why aren't they selling them in the States?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's actually hiked by about 3 rs for petrol & 35rs/cylinder for lpg.The system now implemented is that the price will fluctuate with respect to the international crude prices.This system was implemented some ago by the now "Opposition parties".They revised the system just before the general elections.It's actually not a big burden as the opposition suggest it is.Indian politics is totally different from yours.There is no morality here.And these strikes are quite common.And paul34 is totally rite.These strikes are called hartals in kerala and bandh in other places.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yea I hear ya. Everytime I visit India (Kerala) it seems like there's a strike every few weeks over something or another. Not necessarily a total strike like this, but some group of people somewhere is striking.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A strike every week? Sounds a lot like France.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Indians use kerosene in their food? No wonder I can't eat that crap!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks Captain Obvious. Take a joke much?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's for heating food not putting it in food you idiot
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do you mean they raised taxes? Silly to use such a method to "control" a price of a good.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Indian government has stopped subsidizing the price of fuels, not raised taxes. India is one of the few non-oil producing countries that was doing this.

        Although we technically subsidize the cost of US oil production through the write downs of business expenses of oil production/exploration in taxes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Gasoline in India costs upwards of $4.00 a gallon.

        Gasoline at the loading dock of the refinery costs around $2.00 a gallon.

        If that's subsidizing, they can keep it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ GTR, many poor countries simply subsidize oil and gasoline. So they probably did not raise the price, but rather lowered the subsidies which kept oil products artificially low.
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