Came across this extraordinary article on Aamby Valley, a monstrosity, not so much because it is a haven for the rich, but because it represents a private city largely outside the control of the Indian state. Read Randeep Ramesh's shocking piece in the Guardian, "A Tale of Two Indias", where he talks about the felling of 11000 acres of prime forest lands in the shadows of the Sahayadri hills for a gated city surrounded by an electric fence to keep out other Indians (if those living inside can be called Indians in any real sense).
Meanwhile, the article continues, there are Indian farmers selling their cattle, their lands, even their kidneys, to stay alive. See also P. Sainath's article about farmer suicides in Vidharba (in the same state as Aamby Valley) crossing 400 the same day the Sensex hit an all time high, "Where India's Brave New World is Headed".
Nor is this a phenomenon unique to Maharashtra. Read "Indian Villages for Sale" by Devinder Sharma. This is not about some parched outpost. It is about Punjab, the granary of India for fifty years. The villagers had exhausted other alternatives to raise money to live, and decided to sell their village.
The poet of Indian nationalism, Subramania Bharati, wrote that if a single person went without food we would destroy the world. That was in Brtitish times. Fifty years of freedom have robbed us of all sensibility, let alone sense.
Shame on all of us, and shame on Manmohan Singh and this false god of globalization.