Despite a theme touting “Living in harmony through the ages”, the India Pavilion so far has been less than peaceful. First, a debacle with some politically sensitive maps and now, in a dispute over salary, Chinese workers are maliciously taking out their anger by….turning off the lights.
Apparently, shutting off the power is a popular form of protest, since it has already happened three times at the pavilion since the start of the Expo in April.
It’s no secret the relationship between these two frenemies has become more tense over the years as both economies expand and compete for resources and markets in the same geographic area. However, Rajesh Kumar, director of the pavilion’s organizing team too eagerly boasted before the opening of the expo that India’s participation would not involve politics or diplomacy.
For now, with Chinese expo officials called in to settle the argument, at least electricity has returned to the pavilion if not complete harmony. Good news as the India Pavilion is one of the most trafficked with 25,000-30,000 visitors daily. That and the Expo is ending hopefully before any other shenanigans can mar the pavilion.