Power to the People

Collapse of the Grid in India
Yesterday 620 million people lost electric power in India. That’s almost twice the population of the US. No lights, no trains no refrigeration, no internet – nothing. It’s a crisis that’s been in the making for decades.

Interestingly enough, one third of Indian households don’t even have electricity – it’s considered a luxury.

Since moving from a socialist economy towards a capitalist economy after joining the WTO in 1995, the number of people living below the poverty line has dropped from 60% to 42%. Hopefully in the next decade that number can be cut in half.

With a growing middle class that is due to rising education and engineering skill levels, India is set to be the next economic powerhouse. To achieve that, the country’s infrastructure – including energy, must be the focus. The failing of three power grids is a wake up call, not only for India, but the rest of the world. Nothing is “too big to fail”.

Enjoy a blast from the past – Lights by Journey: