Fuelling the public

It is difficult to understand why the Indian public was partly unprepared for the increase in the price of diesel and petrol effected by the government this month. It is, of course, another matter that some political parties would have opposed the move anyway, because they need to maintain consistency in their well-established stands on these matters and would not be willing to lose faith of their constituents, who have become accustomed to irrationally low prices of oil products irrespective of what the country has to pay to import oil.

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