Maruti Suzuki must be cringing since the news broke of the tragic accidental death of Gopinath Munde, newly appointed Union Minister for Rural Development and a popular politician. Almost every media story has mentioned the fact that Munde was in a Maruti SX4, a fairly popular sedan, when his car was hit on the left side by an over speeding Tata Indica that ran a stop light. Tata Motors doesn't have much to worry about --Tata Indicas are commonly used as private taxis, and therefore frequently rashly driven, as any Indian who lives in a metro would attest, especially in areas where BPO/IT companies are located. Fact is, very few Indians would look at a Tata Indica when buying a private car, and by the look of Tata Motors sales numbers that are southward bound, perhaps the taxiwallahs are also starting to give it a miss. Not so for Maruti. Adding salt to Maruti's wounds, the <em><a href=http://indianexpress.com/article/india/politics/aid-agency-puts-herat-ops-on-hold-after-abduction/>Indian Express</a></em> had a piece this morning about Munde's preference for the premium, imported Toyota Lexus-- the newspaper claims he would buy a new white Lexus every three years, since he suffered a serious neck injury in a stage collapse accident and needed the size and comfort of a Lexus to go through his busy schedule with his neck condition.