22 September is Stick It Up Their Behind Day

K.S. NIKHIL KUMAR forwards this chain-mail from Poona: Petrol in Pakistan is Rs 17 per litre. In Malaysia, it's Rs 18 per litre. In India? It's Rs 51 per litre.

Why this difference in Asia itself? The global price of crude oil is one reason. But the greed of the oil companies is also to blame. So, how can we, the common man and woman of R.K. Laxman's India, raise our voice to be heard?

Here's one way: It has been calculated that if each and every one of us does not purchase a single drop of petrol for one day—for just one day and all at the same time—the oil companies would choke on their stock piles.

At the same time it would hit the entire industry with a net loss over 4.6 billion dollars which affects the bottomlines of the oil companies.

Therefore Friday, 22 September, 2006 has been formally declared "Stick It Up Their Behind" day. If you believe the price you pay for petrol is unfair, join in. Don't buy a single drop of petrol that day to register your protest.

Waiting for the government to step in and control the prices is not going to happen. Remember what happened to the reduction and control in prices that the Arab nations promised some time ago?

Remember: when the price of petrol goes up, everything else goes up. Airlines are forced to raise their prices. Trucking companies are forced to raise their prices which affects prices on everything that is shipped like food, clothing, building supplies, medical supplies, etc.

Who pays in the end? We do!

We—you—can make a difference if the government doesn't get the message. After 22-09-06, we will do it again and again. So do your part and spread the word.