Excuse me, my brother, can you spare a billion?

ALFRED SATISH JONES writes from Washington D.C.: Since bashing/denigrating the United States has become a default pastime in India, churumuri's readers might be interested in looking up this BBC piece highlighting the deep roots of American philanthropy and the huge and positive impact it has had:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4756363.stm