“Be Indian, Buy Indian”

The Economic Times of India has an awesome blog post about patriotism and dogs.  I assume this is a parody of government policies, but I’m not totally sure.  I figure if it is a goof, it is funny; if it isn’t a goof, it is even funnier.

There are a lot of great tidbits in the post, but I will just list a few of my favorite below:

1. “We probably have 40 million dogs in India. (If you have seen a figure of 10 million, that’s only for proper pets. And if you have seen a figure of 19 million, that’s from the 2007 Census.) With 40 million, or whatever is the number, of unemployed and under-employed dogs, why do we need foreign ones? This craze for foreign dogs must be controlled. Why should pets be brought from Thailand, Malaysia, Russia and Uzbekistan?”

2. “I am eagerly waiting for DGCI&S data for 2013-14, specifically, 01061910. In case you are wondering what this is, it is the HS (harmonized system) 8-digit code for dogs. But DGCI&S data are still for April-June 2013, perhaps too early for this import substitution strategy to show up.”

3. “With India’s strengths in human and canine resources, India is singularly well placed to capture the world canine market. That vision is lacking. Commerce Ministry needs to announce an export promotion scheme for dogs, whereby you can import dogs, subject to a license, but only for re-exports, after value addition. We have plenty of expertise with schemes like EPCG. For example, for every dog that is imported, there can be a re-export obligation of 3 puppies over a 6-year-period.”

Update:  I just followed said blogger @bibekdebroy and the story was indeed satirical.  Bibek tweeted the following awesome story (at least for everyone besides the German Shepherd and his owner).  I figured since the story was canine related that I would include it.

Real dog story. 10 years ago. Delhi airport. Will not name airline. You can guess. Foreigner used to work in India. Returning home..

pet pedigree dog also going back to Germany. In cargo hold inside crate. Delhi airport. Crate came open. Dog ran away. Airline in fix..,

..One bright airline employee came up with ingenious idea. Caught one of the strays roaming around near airport & put that in crate..

. Hell broke out in Frankfurt when a mongrel instead of German Shepherd discovered in crate. Papers only said “pet dog”, not naming species.

The paperwork was such that the airline managed to get away.

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