Statues of Rama and Sita near powerlines, Tapovan, India.
Look, bad stuff happens all the time, but the gall of the Minister presiding over the world’s largest blackout is pretty, uh, galling. And he’s just been promoted. Seriously, this from the NYTimes:
Despite presiding over two of the biggest blackouts in human history, Mr. Shinde declared himself to have been an “excellent” power minister.
Rather than focus on the loss of power, people should appreciate that power was restored across India within a matter of hours, Mr. Shinde said…
The blackout affected an area encompassing about 670 million people, or roughly 10 percent of the world’s population, though tens of millions of those people were already living without access to a regular supply of electricity. It temporarily trapped coal miners, stranded train passengers and caused huge traffic jams in the nation’s capital. (As Power Is Restored in India, the ‘Blame Game’ Over Blackouts Heats Up)
And this guy’s been promoted to Home Minister. Talk about failing upwards. Maybe it wasn’t his fault, but at this point he might want to keep his foot away from his mouth.