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Why blame colas for all ills?

india Updated: Aug 22, 2006 15:34 IST
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Wider reports indicate that the pesticides found in Coke and Pepsi are from the groundwater used to make the drinks? If the pesticide contamination is coming from Indian groundwater, isn't it horribly corrupt for the government and the media to present the situation as the fault of Coke and Pepsi? Certainly there are many reasons to dislike these companies, many reasons for not drinking these sodas, but dishonesty in this manner doesn't speak well of the Indian government or the media that promotes a lie.

Most importantly, if this pesticide contamination is so extensive in the groundwater it is dangerous to the health of all people drinking and living in access to this water. That means it becomes a wider government responsibility to clean this up. Is this Coke/Pepsi pesticide campaign just a way to extort these companies into paying for a pollution clean-up that the government wants to avoid taking responsibility for?