Bird flu theories
In mid-1990s during the outbreak of plague in Surat, similar conspiracy theories were floated. Interesting thing is that while there was proof the virus in the laboratory, there wasn't anything to substantiate the wild theories. The flights of imagination were a good source of entertainment. However, one good outcome was that a "stinking Surat" was transformed into a "spick-and-span Surat".
Now we have the bird flu theories:
1. Western companies and governments were amazed that SARS and mad cow disease didn't affect India. They were jealous. They found that a big market for drugs had been left out. So, they introduced bird flu.
2. America is getting jittery that Indian economy is growing. This is the first of the many plans to derail our economy.
3. A clever move by the fish and mutton lobby to strike at a time when bird flu is spreading in other parts of the world.
4. Just another unconventional warfare launched from across the border. Didn't we tell you never to trust them?
5. The anti-KFC like organisations who feel frustrated that their campaigns are not working. Plus, the curse of the vegetarians.
Of course, implicit in all these is that our birds might die of anything, but never bird flu!