Nope, this is not Troy New York , though the potholes look similar. Dbell always says the roads are as bad as Mogadishu. And we laugh that we are insulting the Somalian city. This image is India , like Somalia has no snow or ice yet has terrible roads.
The trip last week was the impetus for this post and particularly riding on the 10 mile stretch of road from the airport to Varanasi. It is the holiest city for Hindus in the whole country and is crowded with pilgrims and tourists a like. It is similar to say St. Peter’s in Rome which is also a pilgrim city.
As we bumped along, the professor said,
” This road is an example of one party rule for 65 years! These pot holes show the amount of corruption and graph that results. The Congress Party , the party of English and American educated high caste Indians, was just voted out last year after that long reign.
” Indians are very intelligent, and very hard working people,” David continued. There is no other explanation for the condition of their roads except greed and corruption , especially in Varanasi .”
I would love to hear from some of my intelligent , and hard working Indian friends as to this theory. I for one am hoping that Mr. Modi who governed Gujarat as the Chief Minster for 12 years and ran for PM on a platform of “No Corruption” will be able to turn the rest of India into good roads, and continuous electricity like he did in the thriving city of Ahmdavad!
Image from Google Public Domain
This Is Incredible India !