Monday, October 22, 2012

INEQUALITY

Slum dwellers near Mumbai Airport, India
Mumbai

A follow up of one of my previous post ‘Reservation is old but not gold’. In the same it was put forth that how the cast based reservation is destroying the concept of democracy and the necessary need of a new concept which can help the lower class people (not based on cast but based on income). In this post too the same concern is addressed but by a more familiar term, Inequality. I say it is familiar because inequality in its many forms molded our history and the world as we know it now. Race, gender, religion, language, skin tone, cast and labor are considered as the main reason of inequality all around the world and India in spite of its diversity in language, culture and beliefs have succeeded in reducing the margin of these inequalities considerably within a short duration of 65 years. Though as an Indian I should pride myself for my country’s this achievement, I couldn't as another form of inequality (inequality of wealth) is destroying the fundamental structure of this nation’s democracy and constitution. The margin between the wealthy and the poor are increasing in a drastic way (that is the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting worse) and the elected state and national government whose duty is to function for the welfare of the nation and all its citizens are staying loyal only to the minorities (the upper class).


Now I am briefing a comment written on my previous post by a gentleman, in which he completely opposes my idea of providing reservation on the basis of income instead of cast because in his opinion the government is providing funds to help fight poverty and that is enough. He also says that he is from a lower cast family and had benefited from the reservation system during his studies. He worked hard and got job in a very good company where he now gets a salary of 1 lakh per month. He also wrote about the difficulties that he faced and also now facing in his native village from the so called upper cast people there. He also says that even though he now is in a good financial condition, he would want his kids to benefit from the reservation system because of the injustice done to his ancestors for so long. All over India these kinds of immoral discrimination by the so called upper cast people is clearly visible, mostly in some specific states but the percentage of such acts have seen a steady drop since our nations independence and now is limited to the elder generation only. But what does the upper class men (like my friend above) from the lower communities do for the poor people in their own community. Forget about helping, whom does it affect the most if these upper class people allow their children to benefit from the reservation system, each college seat and job taken by them using the system is pushing a family from their own community into poverty.  

Indian State Hunger index
Indian state Hunger Index

Why in India inequality is so strong and growing in such a radical rate? The simplest answer is because those who have the power to make everything right don’t care and those who care are subdued. To this generation cast discrimination means nothing, most don’t even care what cast they are in or the people around them, all they care about is themselves. I want the best education, I want the best job, I want freedom, I want respect, I want more money, I want power and above all I want my kids to have everything in surplus than I did, that is “I alone matters” this is the message that we are teaching the young generation.


It is always about I and my family, what about other families? The ones struggling to support their lives each day, the children who work instead of going to school because the only thing that they see in their future is poverty, don’t they have a right in this country and don’t they deserve a better life, do any of the capable people (cast, religion and class alike) do anything for these people in need, than showing useless sympathy on their lives whenever they see a magazine article or TV news.

Homeless and poor in India


I am not asking you all to be great nationals and do things for the sake of all needy countrymen. I am only asking you to help those in your own community. You may think that giving them money will help but the truth is that money alone won’t solve the problems, awareness campaigns are as necessary as the former to make them understand their constitutional rights, need for nutritious food, sanitation and above all the importance of sending their children to school.


First we need to bring development in our own humanity and then we can think about other developments. Government sure can implement some new policies to help the cause, like they did with the cast discrimination, but ultimately it’s always the people who need to change.

Inequality adjusted Human Development Index (IHDI) –Indian IHDI
Inequality adjusted Human Development Index (IHDI) –Indian IHDI stands at 0.392 as compared to the HDI of 0.547. In the list of 134 countries, India stands at rank 93, had the dent not been so much, India would have been indicated in the yellow.

8 comments:

  1. In the name of oppression of their ancestors, well to do people of lower castes are now wanting to be privileged. This too is another form of discrimination. The founding fathers of our constitution had thought of this provision for only 10 years. However, this seems to now go on forever. This inequality will never ever vanish. As it is a tool to wield power.

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    1. Rightly said, hope sense will come into people soon or else another freedom struggle will happen.

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    1. Commented not on my post, how ever wish u you the same Vinay :)

      Thanks for visiting

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  3. One way to end inequality can be of providing the opportunities to downtrodden to earn for themselves a respectable life. Giving money or freebies to any individual is the surest and quickest way to destroy him/it.

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    1. And what ever happens we won't learn from our mistakes, we prefer making the same mistakes over and over again hoping that one day some miracle will happen. Look at how long it took our forefathers to realize that the Britishraj in India was a mistake.

      Thanks for visiting Meenakshi :)

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