India donated to Red Cross for Katrina Relief. Pretty impressive! India also played a major role in assisting other countries hit by the Tsunami earlier this year. Besides, almost every day there is talk in the US media and in political circles about being competitive with India and China.
Clear sign of a growing south asian power!
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>>> From ““Influence: Science and Practice,” by Robert Cialdini….A few years ago, I read a newspaper article describing $5,000 in humanitarian aid that had been sent between Mexico and Ethiopia. At the time, Ethiopia could fairly lay claim to the greatest suffering in the world. Because of a long drought and a series of armed conflicts, Ethiopians were dying daily by the hundreds of sickness and hunger. Relief agencies were calling out to the rest ofthe world for food, medicine, and funds. It was not surprising that such a gift would be sent. It shocked me, though, when I read further and learned that the money had been sent from Ethiopia to Mexico. Officials of the Ethiopian Red Cross sent the funds that year to help victims of the Mexico City earthquake. Now I was bewildered. Why would such a needy country make such a gift? As it turns out, there was a very good reason. Despite the enormous needs prevailing in Ethiopia, the African nation sent the money to Mexico because, in 1935, Mexico had sent aid to Ethiopia when it was invaded by Italy. The need to reciprocate had transcended great cultural differences, long distances, acute famine, many years, and immediate self-interest. A half-century later, against all countervailing forces, obligation triumphed….
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