Indian villagers paying high price for cheap Nano
March 7, 2008
By Alistair Scrutton
The world's cheapest car may be coming to India soon but it's already taken a toll in broken dreams, land dispossession - and lives.
For years, Asha Patra and her husband tilled their land in eastern India for a meagre but stable living. Then the communist state government walled it off for a factory to make the world's cheapest car, Tata's Nano, dubbed India's "People's Car".
With no land left, they switched to a tea shop, but their pots and cups were stolen three times. Unable to make ends meet, Patra sold her gold earrings, one of her few valuable family possessions, for 1300 rupees (about R240).
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