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. After fuel prices shot skyward, the opposition to the ruling party initiated a strike that stuttered normal life in the country for a few days. Schools
closed down, businesses shut 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 word 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 rigging fuel prices again.
[Source: The Truth About Cars