Inde Energie Electricité
Following grid collapse: Indian bourgeoisie demands privatisation of power sector
By Deepal Jayasekera
11 August 2012
After India’s north, eastern and northeastern electricity grids collapsed early last week, sections of big business are demanding reforms in the energy sector, like privatisation and subsidy cuts, while expressing concerns about the power outage’s impact on India’s “super power” ambitions.
The grid collapse cut power to almost 700 million people—more than half of the country’s population—for several hours, in 21 Indian states and Union territories including the national capital, New Delhi. It paralysed transport and critical workplaces, such as hospitals and mines.