Petrol vs diesel vs CNG vs LPG.. Which one should you opt for?



Since the start of 2010, petrol prices have been revised 11 times going up from Rs 44.7 per litre in January 2010 to Rs 63.66 today, a whopping 42% rise. Diesel prices have suffered a change 8 times in the same duration, as prices have risen at a more humane 25%. While this widening gap between the prices of the two fuels has triggered a shift in the buying pattern of cars, a more informed and analysed approach is needed to determine which is an outright better option in the medium to long term. At the same time should one look at CNG and LPG as well?

Traditionally berated for being dirty and noisy, diesel has clearly emerged as the fuel of choice for the Indian market. Wherever a car is available in diesel and petrol, it is the former that outsells and the margin is only increasing. Even the Rs 80,000-100,000 higher price tag of a diesel car is no longer a deterrent as consumers reckon it ends up to be a better deal in the end.

But does it really make all that sense for everybody to ditch petrol and settle for diesel? Or should one also consider other options like LPG and CNG as well?

Diesel: fun, Petrol: power

Technological advancement has ensured that diesel today is a clean burning fuel that emits 15% lower carbon dioxide than petrol. Clearly, associating it with the black noxious fumes being exhumed by yesteryear’s trucks on state highways, would be a complete misnomer.

A diesel engine has a much higher compression ratio as it relies completely on it to combust the fuel unlike petrol engines which require external ignition by way of spark plugs. Because of this basic difference, a diesel engine is heavier by nature designed to generate compression ratios between 12:1 and 25:1. Petrol engines on the other need compression ratios only between 8:1 and 12:1.

For the lay consumer behind the wheel though, the difference between a diesel and petrol car is in the two’s distinct driveability. If a similar sized diesel and petrol engine is compared, like in the case of Ritz which is powered by a 1.2 litre K series petrol engine and a 1.3 litre multijet DDiS diesel engine, the former develops 85 PS power and 113 Nm torque. The diesel engine on the other hands belts out a lower 75 PS power but a much higher 190 Nm torque.

More power means the petrol Ritz is capable of doing much higher speeds while its diesel counterpart will start huffing and puffing at three digit speeds. The petrol variant however boasts of lower torque figures, once again a fall out of lower compression ratio. Torque is the force needed to rotate a wheel and the diesel variant’s higher torque ensures it is faster off the block and commands better acceleration. In city traffic therefore the diesel is more fun to drive as also in cases when a quick overtaking manoeuvre is necessitated on the highway.

Petrol
Pros : Lower cost of car, refinement, power
Cons : Higher cost of fuel, likely to get even higher

Diesel
Pros : Mileage, lower cost of ownership, peppier drive
Cons : Expensive technology, coarse and noisier, lower top end power.

The CNG-LPG factor

Consumers in some metros and other big cities today have the choice of CNG and LPG as well, and these are being offered by some manufacturers like Maruti, Hyundai, Tata and Chevrolet as factory fitment as well. They also have the advantage of being fitted from the market place on any car, a choice that diesel certainly lacks.

Due to the restricted availability of compressed natural gas, its growth is not talked about in the same vein as diesel. But wherever CNG is available, like Delhi NCR, parts of Gujarat and some other towns in UP, Haryana and Rajasthan, it has come up as a very strong competitor.

Globally as well, CNG is increasingly becoming a favoured mode of fuel. Outside the hybrid technologies, it is the cleanest fuel available with CO2 emissions, 20% lower than a conventional gasoline vehicle. It is also the cheapest at under Rs 30 per kilogram.

What also augers well for CNG is that there is no lack of availability of the fuel in India. India has the 7th largest reserves of CNG in the world though most of it is untapped and needs investment. It is without doubt the fuel of the future and once it is available in more abundance, its price, which is already lower than the others, would come down further.

One big factor against use of CNG as an automotive fuel used to be the lack of safety (cases of fire are still reported) and power loss that drastically reduced the pleasure of driving especially when the air conditioner is switched on. Further, in the case of small cars, the 20kg cylinder almost always takes away all of the boot space, a not too favourable prospect.

The first part of the problem however, has been addressed to some extent, with carmakers like Maruti introducing gas port injection technology. Since the modifications that include dual inter dependent ECU mapping, is done at the factory level, the cars are well tested for safety and also carry the manufacturer’s warranty. In the erstwhile CNG technology, the kits were retrofitted that automatically led to the annulment of the manufacturer’s 2-3 year warranty.

The newer technology has also reduced the power loss associated with CNG and these cars now have pick up and drive similar to that of a petrol car. Almost.

Automotive Liquified petroleum gas on the other hand is well past its sell by date and is unlikely to find much favour in the market in the years to come. It is not hampered by availability issues as much as CNG, but its price mirrors that of domestic LPG, a heavily subsidised fuel, and has risen the most in the last 20 years.

CNG
Pros : Lower cost, fuel of the future, lower emissions, very popular worldwide too
Cons : Boot space is compromised, lack of availability, serpentine queus.

LPG
Pros : Lower cost compared to petrol, better distribution than CNG, boot space only partially compromised
Cons : No longer a very cheap fuel

Who is the best of them all?

It takes a little bit of science and a lot of hypothesis to decipher, which fuel option would be the best in the medium term (say 3 years) to long term (5-8 years). Since 1989, petrol prices have been revised on 70 occasions, of which 54 times prices have gone up and 16 times it has come down. Diesel prices have been revised 73 times with an increase happening on 50 occasions and a decline 23 times.

In all these years that saw the Gulf Wars of the 80s and 90s, the East Asian crisis of late 90s, the 9/11 attacks and the consequent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the interminable battle for Jerusalem and the ongoing Arab revolution, petrol price has gone up by almost 8 times, while diesel has gone up by over 12 times. The increase in the price of LPG is even steeper.

This has largely affected the running cost of vehicles over the years. Considering that diesel is a fuel that is used widely by trucks that provide last mile connectivity in distribution and hence more internally linked to general inflation, it has seen relatively less volatility. It is also not decontrolled like petrol (last year) and hence would continue to be less prone to hikes in future.

Between the four options that are available to consumers today, a diesel car costs the maximum and a petrol the minimum. Between these two, CNG is the next most expensive followed by LPG.

However, due to its lower price and higher mileage, it is CNG with a running cost of just Rs 1.2 per kilometer that provides the most value for money followed by diesel’s 1.96 per km. As stated above, LPG is increasingly becoming a less attractive proposition with a running cost of 2.54 per kilometer, only a rupee less than a petrol car.

Diesel makes all the sense for a person who is a heavy user of cars. If somebody routinely logs 16,000 kilometers per year (national average is 13,000 kms), roughly 1300 kilometers a month, or 45 kilometers a day, a break even compared to a petrol car that would cost Rs 80,000 less could be achieved in a little over 3 years at current rates. If the person happens to drive the car for 2 more years at the same rate, he would end up with a saving of almost Rs 51,000 over a petrol car. The diesel’s case is almost similar to that of LPG, only that the latter would be less profitable if the car is kept for more than 5 years.

These numbers multiply almost 3 fold incase of a CNG vehicle. A break even could be achieved in less than a year and a half and in 5 years a saving of Rs 1.36 lakh could be made.

It is an open and shut case for those who stay in metros and have the luxury of availability of CNG, and do not mind the lack of a boot space. Driving 45 kilometers a day in a metro like Delhi, Mumbai or even Ahmedabad, is a routine affair for most. Those who do not have CNG yet, would have to settle for diesel, which it seems most are.

But those staying in mofussil small towns of the country, where driving even 10 kilometers means one is out in the hinterland, the psychology of saving that diesel gives every time one refills the vehicle is only a mirage. By the time you decide to do away with the car in 5 years after driving it for only 45,000-50,000 kilometers, you may not have saved anything at all. The good old petrol still makes sense and if perchance CNG does come calling in between, you would only be happier. Sadly, diesel and CNG don’t go hand in hand, and never will.

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  • http://gmail.com Vikram

    Sumant,
    Its a good analysis……..few common things explained in a more convincing way. It will surely help the person who going to purchase his first car.
    Thanks

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  • Sonal

    Very nice article. I have booked a Swift petrol, but now looking at the comparison, I think i should go for the diesel variant instead. Thanks so much for helping me decide.

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  • Mycar Helpline

    Ultimately – on a longer term perspective it makes sense to go for Diesel car if your monthly driving exceeds 1800km… However Registration cost has increased recently
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  • Anonymous

    Eventually this will turn into a farmers vs corporations battle with the govt. on the side of the corporations. This battle is in a advanced stage in America, with the corporations close to winning. See this:
    http://www.healingtalks.com/health/decades-of-suppressing-and-now-criminalizing-of-raw-milk-sales/

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  • Anonymous

    It is because of people like you who always prefer to sit on the edge, the country has come to this passe. The nation needed a strong willed person to lead the cause & we have got it in the form of Annaji. You do not seem to have observed the conduct of Parliament in past few sessions. You may prefer sleeping & let the people wear Anna cap.

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  • Ravi

    Let me confess: I also find Anna Hazare preachy, prickly, sanctimonious, dogmatic and dictatorial.

    For reasons listed above some clever person has given him the sobriquet TalibAnna.

    If team Anna had stuck to a single issue – corruption – then it would have acted as a pressure group and would probably have been more effective.

    By widening its agenda and attacking other people, it has become just another political party. If that is what they want then they will have to participate in electoral process and if mandated can bring about the Lokbal Bill of its choice and ferocity.

    Parliament must remain supreme.

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  • Anonymous

    Anna is from very begging arrogant, dictator everybody accept his order.His only qualification is he can sustain hunger some day. On this capital he agitating movement against corruption in Maharashtra from last forty years..Remove this minister send jail to that officers this kind of demand he forced on government.He have no knowledge how corruption arises,how we can reduce corruption.? Corruption is very deeply inserted in our psyche.Hindu too much afraid to break the law of caste religion but not afraid to break the law of government.He think himself guilty when consciously or unconsciously he break the law of religion but never feel guilty when he break the law Government on the contrary he think government doing injustice for punishing him. When Laloo Yadhav came out of jail on bail he declared what is wrong if I went jail even Lord Krishna was also in jail

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  • Yahoo1

    Govintra: Anyone in the whole world , who is against corruption is against Congress.

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  • Guest

    Cunningly crafted article to personally attack and malign an ex-soldier who by some unknown who believes in a “mandate” to stand against corruption. Pathetic article by a low life human being.

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    Bob M Reply:

    I’m sorry to disappoint you…not an ‘ex soldier’ but an ‘ex army truck driver’

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Any member of the land component of an armed forces is termed as soldier. Please don’t get disappointed. Understand English. Ignore Italian.

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    Go Anna Reply:

    Bob, When IEDs go off the brave truck driving soldiers get killed, not the generals.
    Take some time off from being stupid and have some shame. Meantime go Anna.

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  • pramod

    ANNA is a people’s movement, not an individual. ANNA, Kejriwal or Bedi provide subject matter support to this people’s movement. The history says how Nehru behaved to keep the power himself and I doubt if we can expect anything different from his descendants. Many in the current political clan believe they are born to rule. See the anarchy, the mayhem going all around. The power brokers, the croons, the musclemen play big roles in determining the fate of the common people. Let me tell you, there would be a day when you will asked to pay hafta to breathe in India. You will need to prove your connection to a politician/bureaucrat to live in India. The rulers in current India….are not they dictatorial ? Do they have any respect for the rules, regulations or their constitutional obligations ? Where should we go as a common man ? ANNA is the only hope who is not only telling about the problems, but providing a solution. He who has done it in his village, who has proved how mighty he can be to fight against the corrupt monsters. Do you have a better solution than JAN LOKPAL ? If you have, bring it before the public. If you do not have accept ANNA, not matter how he is trying to push it through a bunch of corrupt politicians sitting and vandalizing the noble institution of Parliament.

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  • Dev0999

    stop sucking your thumb Arnab.. also stop referring to the dictionary for terms to stamp on people. doers and talkers…. find out the difference between these 2 terms and then realise that you are nothing but a talker. and while you are at talking and not doing anything worthwhile, do write something on the politicians who have been caught with their hands in the till, with their pants down, with smoking guns in their hands….. maybe Anna might have some meaning for you if you remove the filth which is stuck to your glasses.

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  • Gargmurari

    How much money you have taken to write this article from Congress.

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  • Support Anna

    1) Mr Arnab Mitra wants to get his article published by negative publicity
    2) HT is another congress-pro news reporter
    3)Govt is forcing these channels to change the peoples mind.
    4)All the above

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  • Indian

    Why you are writing on behalf of NRI, I am also NRI and support Anna ji. It seems Arnab Mitra is a Congress agent like Digvijay Singh, whose only motive is to have a weak effective lokpall bill and please congress party

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  • anil

    Are you practising an year 7/8 essay?
    Even kids in schools can write better with sensible arguments, now a days!

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  • Guest

    His not wearing Anna Cap’s is not going to make any difference to this movement.I would question this person’s integrity before he raises a finger on Anna.I also wonder how a useless article like this got space on this newspaper.

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  • BengaliMyself

    typical case of a bengali guy who analyzes everything, points out both sides, gets a great bang out of it, feels like a intellectual – but really contributes nothing.

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  • Kattooparambil

    The BJP is jumping into Anna bandwagon is to fish in the trouble waters-congress headed UPA is beset by venality. Anna is an antithesis of Gandhian ideologies, who has some extreme views-like violence against people. He is a disgrace to call himself as a Gandhian. He is an attention seeker who is set out to wipe out corruption from the Indian polity and has corrupt ones in his fold and the BJP is also one big happy with corrupt ones in its fold as well. Combination is the key to impact; the Anna coteries and the BJP are the perfect combination-like Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Even more bizarre is Anna is going to bed with the BJP-a member of the BJP’s parent organization, the RSS killed Mahatma Gandhi.

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  • Greatthnkr

    Anna has sacrificed every thing what he has and willing to sacrifice every thing for the future of this country. There is no personal gain for this soul who has led a life of sacrifice for the betterment of the people. Only an individual who lives this life can pass a judgement on a person of his stature.

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  • Virumandi

    Even if you want to, you cant be Anna. Paid blogger A$$Ho!e. BTW, the issue is removal of corruption. Kongross is digging it own grave by throwing muck on Team Anna.

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  • Virumandi

    Even if you want, you cant be. Paid Kongross blogger. Kongross is digging its own grave by throwing muck on Team Anna.

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  • Virumandi

    no one can stop the movement.

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  • Nsharma

    Anything written objectively and thought provoking is labelled as congress propaganda.
    Keep it up ,very well written

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  • Deepak

    Who gave Anna the right to represent all people. I too was supporting him initially, until I saw more of him. He didn’t say a word against the Modi Govt not appointing a Lokayukta for 7 years. And not a single comment against corruption in the BJP. Yet, he has extended his scope to tell people to vote against Congress in Hissur. And he has been bashing Congress leadership with vague baseless statements. Add to that his flip flop on the Pawar slapping incident. And the reaction of his cronies to the corruption issues against them. I still support Anna’s efforts to get a strong Lokpal bill through as also anyone else on the same issue. But Anna’s real agenda and political bent makes him unappealing on the rest of the issues he is extending to.

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  • Anonymous

    I agree with the blog, especially part on being dictatorial. Here is guy that seems to be fighting corruption by not checking that around the people surrounding him and I at times feel he is fighting corruption or the administration in the guise of corruption. I was on his side until it became to wacky in his own circles. By doing what he is doing, he is placing too much trust in the people opposing the govt who themselves aren’t any saintly. One disadvantage he has is that he had never been in administration (pardon me if he had held some position in the past and I’m ignorant of the fact) to know how changes need to be implemented. I don’t think he should try to destabilize the govt (I’m not a fan of any particular political party) to get what he wants –without any clear understanding of what the country wants.

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  • Anonymous

    I think he can have his own independent thought that you and Anna don’t like

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  • http://samirsrivastava.typepad.com Samir Srivastava

    How many people vote to elect these parliamentarians? Are they true representatives? We need ELECTORAL reforms. We need good education. So that people can make good educated decision while polling. We need to sit down and devise carefully new system in place of our hopelessly broken system whether in India (largest Democracy) or USA (Greatest Democracy, they too have lobbyists etc…). We have the system where GDP is NOT at all reflected in the Quality of Life of Citizens. We need to eradicate misuse of privacy, IMO, lokpal bill is just for corruption in public life… When watchers get corrupted then? Judiciary, PM, UN Human Rights Council, etc….

    Is there anyone on this planet who has not done single WRONG
    (unfair) thing in his life even as childhood activity… Even hinud gods Rama killed Bali from behind the Tree, Krishna (Butter Thief) also played tricks in Mahabharata..

    Sir could you fast for a day for the common man?

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  • NpIrnbru16

    Good article, but do u write same things for Sibal or Sonia?

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  • Sb

    another paid article by Govt. Utterly shallow and baseless argument. Can he say with the other person in the govt? Why object someone who is fighting for ppl. This is a ploy to confuse the minds of the ppl.

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  • TopCorner

    I agree with “SB”. Its not about Anna… Its about people. He is asking for a better future, which Indian politicians were not able to provide to indian people even after 60 years of indepenedence. Only SCAM and SCAM…. Also this article is very much paid… Its quite visible. I haate HT for this.

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  • Indian

    Why do you not write about what you disagree with in the article ??Why are you so biased that any article against Anna is being brushed aside ??His own conduct is suspect with him going maun when Kiran bedi …

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  • PJ

    Mr Indian… Or Mr Aam Aadmi.. Or whoever You are… I hope You are truly indian because what ever you are saying is totaly bluff! and you are trying to convince the people of india that there is a better life after death.. And about HT.. Dear Sir it is the people who are going to make your newspaper number one and not congress so please stick to honest reporting as it is required from a matured Newspaper such as yours or are you trying to gain cheap publicity as Miss rakhi Sawant does so often!!

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  • Sb

    who says you have to agree with him but don’t hinder it.. this is just a beginning.. someone has to start the revolution… u are talking only when he has raised it publicly

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  • Indian

    Very easy to paint some one with tar .I think the points raise by the writer ring a cord with a majority of the people o the country.The country wants answers not baseless comments like you have written.Why not answer point by point i you think you have a point of view ??

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  • PJ

    Hahaha Yes it strikes a point with the people that is why u can see so many people at the jantar mantar!

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  • Indian

    Is Anna some angel that he has no failings? Everybody else seems to be wrong but him. What stand!

    I wish he acted more like JP, at least JP openly supported one party over the other during the emergency.

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  • Irnbru16

    Good article, but do u write same things for Sibal or Sonia?

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  • GS

    Straight from Congressi HQ. Arnab kitney mai bech diya apna IMAAN.

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  • Tina

    I have always supported corruption. I have always supported corrupt politicians. I will support corrupt Sonia and incompetent Rahul Gandhi who has to read a speech , lust like his mommy.
    Rahul’s great grandpa, grandma, father and mother were all corrupt politicians.
    Totally agreed.
    Still I will support them.
    i will never support Anna or anyone’s Anti-corruption movements.

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  • Sam

    You can always find a reason to blame anyone. You are just helping deviating public from the main topic. Personally I don’t care about Anna’s views on other matters. But the issue he is raising now matters most to me. I find journalists like you as a keyboard warrior who will never importance to the main topic, but everything else.

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  • Mohan

    very true. these people are not important to us as they do not care of public good. What is important to all of us is what Anna is attempting to do because that will potentially turn millions of lives around for the betterment.

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  • Guest

    Still another brilliant analysis. Who’s actually deviating from the main topic of corruption? Team Anna members or Arnab Mitra?

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  • Singh

    exactly!!!!!!!

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  • Ravi

    Mr Mitra
    Tragedy of professional class is exactly what you are going through . Before we achieve our objective , we start analyzing our action and start dragging our feet. You must analyzed how your criticism of annaji is going to affect this movement. This movement is against corruption and what kesariwal or x,y,z is saying or how some team member behaving shoul not matter because they are seasoned politician. We should give them opportunity to improve . Yes if they have done any thing wrong action should be taken but government should pass strong lokpal bill. One can see how political class has cleverly tried to buy time and has tried to discredit Anna team. They are not interested in lokpal bill because they do not want to give up their power to loot this country. After 60 years of independence, politicians of all parties have not done any thing to remove corruption. All are beneficiary to loot , some directly, some indirectly. Let us support annaji in this movement. This is last chance to get lokpal bill. You and others like you and me have no time do any thing for this country which this old grand man called annaji is doing at the age of 75 plus. Get up man , do some thing and stop criticizing.

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  • Sanj

    It is shocking to see that most of the main newspapers in India is under the influence of corrupt Indians. I fed up with TOI and for a change typed Hindustan Times in google. Now, look at this article. Another paid penpusher’s unsolicited opinion published here. These kinds of people are the curse of modern India and should be considered as an antinational pest. He is trying his best to stress that he is against corruption and trying to divide anti corruption supporters, but in an idiotic way apparently supporting the corrupt politicians and defaming the individuals who is selflessly leading the anticorruption campaign. He is manipulating the whole anti corruption campaign and challenging the intelligence of the readers. What a shame on Hindusan Times by publishing these third rated article.

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  • Gsmahla

    Who has given any right to this Hazare & the company to speak on behalf of the people of India??

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  • Govintra

    You are right. Let the elected members rule and loot the India.

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  • Sanj

    It is shocking to see that most of the main newspapers in India is under the influence of corrupt Indians. I fed up with TOI and for a change typed Hindustan Times in google. Now, look at this article. Another paid penpusher’s unsolicited opinion published here. These kinds of people are the curse of modern India and should be considered as an antinational pest. He is trying his best to stress that he is against corruption and trying to divide anti corruption supporters, but in an idiotic way apparently supporting the corrupt politicians and defaming the individuals who is selflessly leading the anticorruption campaign. He is manipulating the whole anti corruption campaign and challenging the intelligence of the readers. What a shame on Hindusan Times by publishing these third rated article.

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  • Rahul

    Hope khaungrass paid you well to sell your soul. Thankfully the average Indian is smarter and can read through the paid articles.

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  • TopCorner

    Agree with Rahul. Atleast there is a Rahul who understands the difference in paid and genuine articles. Jai Hind mere dost. Long Live India and lets hope for a better and scam-free india.

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  • Delhite

    Why are u a BJP /RSS guy ??? If any one who question Anna is a Congressman ??

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  • Cynic

    Hello!! What mandate??
    Anna came out alone, people joined him because they were fed up.
    So if you think you are giving some sort of “mandate” to Anna, just get lost. He doesn’t need “mandate” or support of cowards who need a 75 yr to go hungry for 15 days to rouse them out of their sleep.Take your mandate and leave.

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  • http://blogs.hindustantimes.com Hindustan Times

    Our biggest problem is, we are afraid of leading a good cause but if someone doses it for us we criticize him or her to show I am an intellectual. I think we don’t need so-called intellectuals like this gentleman.

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  • http://blogs.hindustantimes.com Hindustan Times

    truly…….d pseudointellectuals will ruin ol d efforts made by any ppl……

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  • http://blogs.hindustantimes.com Hindustan Times

    I share the same views as the writer. I lost faith in Anna when he started literally lying after “just one slap” remark and his narrow views on FDI – especially his comments about East India Company. Anna seems to me like very simple and old fashioned person, but he cannot go on acting he knows everything.

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  • http://blogs.hindustantimes.com Hindustan Times

    ‘anna’ says what he is paid do say, isn’t that obvious?? Whom are we kiddin here?

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  • Guest

    Really? I thought you were anna and wanted to be Anna lol

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  • Ravi

    Mlamba

    If I am from Mars then you must be from Venus.

    Parliament must remain supreme.

    The Parliamentarians are corrupt, I would agree, but they were elected by their constituents. Anna is not mandated by any one.. He is free to get elected and then fight corruption from within the Parliament.

    The Parliamentarians are corrupt because our whole society is corrupt.

    So I think if you look in the mirror then you will see a man who is aloof from reality and steeped into an unreal form of idealism.

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  • Pankaj#1

    Manohar;
    Wanted to reply to you, but only in 10 minutes or so, the blog has gone viral and I do not have patience/ time to go that far back. You said people who welcomed Arnab Mitra’s last post should eat crow? why, what is there which suggests that you have discovered a perfect hook for Vijay and Co.? First few lines of Arnab, where he is in total agreement with Anna and his motive, to remove corruption from public life, is all that is supported by 99% of people. Rest is aberration, which must not be there but some how one feels that Arnab is saying here–U unwashed, trying to preach us. While he was silent, when just behind the veneer of being politico ( MPs, MLAs or just office holders), this class was riding roughshod over everybody.

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  • http://twitter.com/lofty2304 lofty

    Mr Mitra, you picked on the wrong guy. Anna hazare…..bad timing Mr Mitra..now time for my 2 cents. i totally agree with you. i am shocked and mortified at how intolerant people are for anything negative said against anna hazare. well we are a democracy so deal with it. from lokapl bill …F.D.I….now whiskey….he wants them all… good intention but i love my whiskey …so my viewpoint is “butt out” Mr hazare.. learn to be more flexible…and.. Mr kekriwal….i see a politician in the making and a damm good one too… Mrs Bedi…you madam were my hero still are but show some flexibility.. live and let live… “I agree to disagree with you all”.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shekhar-Lamba/100000180826821 Shekhar Lamba

    Dear Mr. Mitra… It is sad that the media and journalist like you have mess up this country. Like the congress says to team ANNA to contest elections … I suggest before you give your views please prove that if you can be like Annaji ,,,,,,, just fast for 3 days an d I will admire you as the most dedicate Journalist of this country. I will accept that you are not the one who is looking out for stories for fame and wealth….. Jai hind

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  • Concerned about India

    You are absolutely right and our country in in need of objective thinker like you. Sadly people are following Anna as some kind saviour, but people need to put their trust in our democratic institutions.

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  • http://twitter.com/saurabh_In saurabh kumar

    This article by HT, who sponsors the likes of Veer Sanghvi, one of the most corrupt journalists. The likes of Barkha Dutt and Veer Sanghvi who are being openly endorsed by such platforms as HT and NDTV can not be relied upon. Both Veer and Barkha played key role in the 2G scam. Why the hell is India even wasting time, rather concentrate on building the economy ?

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  • http://twitter.com/IndiaGarage India Garage

    Which is better – cng / lpg / petrol / deisel http://www.indiagarage.com/thread11689.html#post27169

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  • pradip

    can i fit CNG kit in maruti 800 1999 model??

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  • http://www.facebook.com/sushill.sundar Sushill Shyam Sundar

    You are a rockstar..Very nice and thoughtfully writtten article..Please have a look at the article in the link below and let me know your views.

    http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2012-03-22/news/31225054_1_cng-models-cng-cars-diesel-cars

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    SK Reply:

    After reading the article in the link provided, I am bit confused now. What should I opt for? CNG or Diesel?
    Sumant Banerjee, Please help us. Please suggest.

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  • Shraman N L

    Very good article.

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  • Shraman N L

    Very good article.

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  • ajay

    very well written. sumant can u suggest CNG factory fitted car in range of 5 lakh ?

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  • akshay

    I HEARD THAT ANY gas ENGINE WILL BE DOWN AFTER 60,000 KMS IS IT TRUE ?
    PLZ LET ME KNOW IF THERE WILL BE ANY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GAS AND OTHER FUELS ??
    PLZ REPLY ME AT katakam.akshay@gmail.com

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  • akshay

    I HEARD THAT ANY gas ENGINE WILL BE DOWN AFTER 60,000 KMS IS IT TRUE ?
    PLZ LET ME KNOW IF THERE WILL BE ANY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GAS AND OTHER FUELS ??
    PLZ REPLY ME AT katakam.akshay@gmail.com

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  • akshay

    I HEARD THAT ANY gas ENGINE WILL BE DOWN AFTER 60,000 KMS IS IT TRUE ?
    PLZ LET ME KNOW IF THERE WILL BE ANY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GAS AND OTHER FUELS ??
    PLZ REPLY ME AT katakam.akshay@gmail.com

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  • James Allen

    There is another problem which is not addressed in the CNG cons, that is the cars servicing. The cars using CNG will take up more air and thus the air filter will need to be changed frequntly, it also dirties the mobil so the oil change frequency needs to be increased. These costs do add up.

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  • Abhilash

    thanks….

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