Posted by: Third Tone Devil | 24 October 2010

Reactions to Indian court judgement in favour of street vendors

A post on Minjian International has alerted members to online reactions to an article in today’s edition of the popular newspaper New Beijing News (Xinjingbao). The article reports that an Indian court ruled that the removal of street vendors from locations around the Commonwealth Games was unconstitutional.

Comments on the article largely compare India favourably to China: “We must learn from India,” “The Indian people are lucky,” “What right do we have after this to make fun of India?” The two most popular comments are along these lines. These reactions come against a background of an India discourse in Chinese media that is generally both disparaging and sometimes very hostile. They are a reminder of the fickleness of online mood, but the fact that court rulings in favour of the poor do not fail to resonate in China does not necessarily contradict a negative view of India.


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