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To: DoughtyOne

Well the first point is what the Hindu nationalist groups are saying,though it was a government led by the BJP itself which gave preliminary approval for the start of the project in 2003.

The problem with calling it important for the local populace is that there is considerable support for this shipping project in the Southern State of Tamil Nadu-it would have significant economic benefits.Ships which earlier had to go around Sri Lanka can cut upto 20 to 30 hours of travel time if a canal comes in.What’s developing is that there has been protests in the North of India,while it’s pretty much silent in the 4 South Indian states.There has usually been localised sentiment among most south Indians that they have been given short shrift from the North as well as Central Governments.Not a nice thing.


22 posted on 09/15/2007 4:59:00 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Thanks for bringing it down to the regional level for us. Interesting comments...


23 posted on 09/15/2007 9:00:34 AM PDT by DoughtyOne ((Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking its heritage.))
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