The All New BMW and a Loaf of Bread

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Finally the all new BMW 5 series 2010 model is India bound. A luxurious car with a host of new technologies, new engines and an optional 8-speed automatic transmission will embellish the roads of emerging superpower while the impoverished group of people living around the traffic lights will also get an opportunity to knock on the windows and beg for food they crave for so much. No, I give no guarantee if any clemency will be spared for the offenders who beg and soil the big-ticket Wagons. Nor I think that they will ever get a share in the revenue being earned by the nation which is supposed to be their mother. In truth they are the dumbest, have got no voice seeking liberty to echo around in the labyrinthine lanes of the World Wide Web. They are meant to die under the ostentatious flyovers made for unobstructed passage of all new BMW 2010. They will never be adapted by the nation they live in, for they are too many and most probably forgotten. They are 27.5% of the whole population in the republic; they do everything possible to live on this planet. They are biggest blunder of a rapidly developing capitalist economy. They are the true citizens of utterly destitute true India.

I don’t think that anyone would need any introduction to the ever widening rich-poor divide in India today. It is a blatant truth that we are living in a strange age; some people are discontented to drive a BMW while some are struggling even for a loaf of bread. Among all social stigmas, poverty is the gravest problem we have between us today. The great democratic republic of India might have succeeded in finding water on moon but it was not at all successful in providing food and clean drinking water to most of its population. If World Bank figures are to be considered, about 42 percent of Indian population lives below the poverty threshold. This means that about one third or roughly 500 million of world’s poor are living in India. Yet a more harrowing figure was provided by state run National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector (NCEUS) in the year 2007 which stated that about 77% of Indian people or 836 million people live on less than Rs 20 a day. The core of the impoverished section are those 27.5% of total population whom the government calls people living below poverty line, they live on less than Rs 12 a day. Do you remember how much you spent on your cell phone and car’s gas today?
Globalization was a big boom, so was dot com burst and the following outsourcing and off shoring. The growth rate shot up and mammoth growth in revenue ameliorated lifestyle in the country. It is a general conception that those who worked hard got their share in the profits, rest are still settling on filth. They are the ones who supposedly never cared to work hard. Or were they ever given any chance to work? Education system got upgraded; privatization was introduced to educate children of the blessed while the children of the oppressed are still watching with their empty bellies in hand. Self-obsessed leaders continue to sing in praise of shining India as a leader of the new world at a frequency of 5 years. The oppressed are offered fool’s paradise during the elections, minds of the hungry folks are manipulated either by tongue or forcefully and the great machine of obtrusive partial democracy is fed with votes. The piteous are forgotten again and are left to scavenge for food. It’s not that they are left to rot away from your eye; they wander around while being scolded for misrepresenting their hunger. Sometimes they die under the big hoarding displaying some fat bellied politicians offering those smiles and gratitude for being elected so that they can embezzle public funds legally. The poor are left to declare the onset of extreme hot or cold weather when they die in the open and make way into the widely circulated dailies.
While enumerating the causes of poverty majority of people considers the ever increasing population to be a major cause, but demographers generally agree that population is not the cause but is merely a symptom. A little introspection will yield that the major cause of the present uneven growth are blemished government policies. Government has never wholeheartedly invested for the poor. It can’t be denied that basic facilities like education and healthcare are only available for namesake for the oppressed people. Decrepit education policy is enough to ensure that the 33% of the illiterate people are never able to get out of abysmal poverty. Bureaucracy and corruption during the license raj added to the poverty existing since British rule but the instauration of neo liberal economy aggravated the trouble further instead of intended development.
The level of inequality has risen to extra-ordinary levels, hunger has jumped up unhindered. The cost of modernising our economy has been paid by poor people as rural economies continue to collapse all over the map. Government figures quoted famer suicides during the term 1999-2009 to be close to 200000, some say original figures are much higher. About 75% of the impoverished fraction dwells in rural area and a majority of them are dependent on agriculture. As the agrarian crisis escalates, government presently spends only 2% of GDP on agriculture while perpetually number of billionaires in India is on a rise too. How proud would you feel when told that about 49 per cent of the world’s underweight children, 34 per cent of the world’s stunted children and 46 per cent of the world’s wasted children, live in India? Yes, with 427 million cell phone users India is second in the world. We are indeed a country of diversity.
As I type this article, food prices are on an all time high owing to the abject monsoons this year. It is difficult time for most of the middle class people; imagine how poorer people would be faring through the storm. If we look at the history we will learn that society neglecting its poor has always experienced a bottom up gyration. The last thing desirable to a developing economy is political instability that’s harm our national integrity too. Government will have to take some serious steps in eradicating this evil of poverty for the all round social development. It’s not that attention to present phase of development must be obstructed but more resources must be allocated for the upliftment of the underprivileged. Firstly scammers and people involved in the malpractice of corruption will have to be checked because due to them only meagre amount of funds are actually available for poor people. The need of the hour is to check the inflation and to provide basic facilities to the poor and the destitute. In the wake of improving economic condition we need to provide equal opportunities of growth to everyone in the society.
Finally the all new BMW 5 series 2010 model is India bound. A luxurious car with a host of new technologies, new engines and an optional 8-speed automatic transmission will embellish the roads of emerging superpower while the impoverished group of people living around the traffic lights will also get an opportunity to knock on the windows and beg for food they crave for so much. No, I give no guarantee if any clemency will be spared for the offenders who beg and soil the big-ticket Wagons. Nor I think that they will ever get a share in the revenue being earned by the nation which is supposed to be their mother. In truth they are the dumbest, have got no voice seeking liberty to echo around in the labyrinthine lanes of the World Wide Web. They are meant to die under the ostentatious flyovers made for unobstructed passage of all new BMW 2010. They will never be adapted by the nation they live in, for they are too many and most probably forgotten. They are 27.5% of the whole population in the republic; they do everything possible to live on this planet. They are biggest blunder of a rapidly developing capitalist economy. They are the true citizens of utterly destitute true India.

I don’t think that anyone would need any introduction to the ever widening rich-poor divide in India today. It is a blatant truth that we are living in a strange age; some people are discontented to drive a BMW while some are struggling even for a loaf of bread. Among all social stigmas, poverty is the gravest problem we have between us today. The great democratic republic of India might have succeeded in finding water on moon but it was not at all successful in providing food and clean drinking water to most of its population. If World Bank figures are to be considered, about 42 percent of Indian population lives below the poverty threshold. This means that about one third or roughly 500 million of world’s poor are living in India. Yet a more harrowing figure was provided by state run National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector (NCEUS) in the year 2007 which stated that about 77% of Indian people or 836 million people live on less than Rs 20 a day. The core of the impoverished section are those 27.5% of total population whom the government calls people living below poverty line, they live on less than Rs 12 a day. Do you remember how much you spent on your cell phone and car’s gas today?

Globalization was a big boom, so was dot com burst and the following outsourcing and off shoring. The growth rate shot up and mammoth growth in revenue ameliorated lifestyle in the country. It is a general conception that those who worked hard got their share in the profits, rest are still settling on filth. They are the ones who supposedly never cared to work hard. Or were they ever given any chance to work? Education system got upgraded; privatization was introduced to educate children of the blessed while the children of the oppressed are still watching with their empty bellies in hand. Self-obsessed leaders continue to sing in praise of shining India as a leader of the new world at a frequency of 5 years. The oppressed are offered fool’s paradise during the elections, minds of the hungry folks are manipulated either by tongue or forcefully and the great machine of obtrusive partial democracy is fed with votes. The piteous are forgotten again and are left to scavenge for food. It’s not that they are left to rot away from your eye; they wander around while being scolded for misrepresenting their hunger. Sometimes they die under the big hoarding displaying some fat bellied politicians offering those smiles and gratitude for being elected so that they can embezzle public funds legally. The poor are left to declare the onset of extreme hot or cold weather when they die in the open and make way into the widely circulated dailies.

While enumerating the causes of poverty majority of people considers the ever increasing population to be a major cause, but demographers generally agree that population is not the cause but is merely a symptom. A little introspection will yield that the major cause of the present uneven growth are blemished government policies. Government has never wholeheartedly invested for the poor. It can’t be denied that basic facilities like education and healthcare are only available for namesake for the oppressed people. Decrepit education policy is enough to ensure that the 33% of the illiterate people are never able to get out of abysmal poverty. Bureaucracy and corruption during the license raj added to the poverty existing since British rule but the instauration of neo liberal economy aggravated the trouble further instead of intended development.
The level of inequality has risen to extra-ordinary levels, hunger has jumped up unhindered. The cost of modernising our economy has been paid by poor people as rural economies continue to collapse all over the map. Government figures quoted famer suicides during the term 1999-2009 to be close to 200000, some say original figures are much higher. About 75% of the impoverished fraction dwells in rural area and a majority of them are dependent on agriculture. As the agrarian crisis escalates, government presently spends only 2% of GDP on agriculture while perpetually number of billionaires in India is on a rise too. How proud would you feel when told that about 49 per cent of the world’s underweight children, 34 per cent of the world’s stunted children and 46 per cent of the world’s wasted children, live in India? Yes, with 427 million cell phone users India is second in the world. We are indeed a country of diversity.

As I type this article, food prices are on an all time high owing to the abject monsoons this year. It is difficult time for most of the middle class people; imagine how poorer people would be faring through the storm. If we look at the history we will learn that society neglecting its poor has always experienced a bottom up gyration. The last thing desirable to a developing economy is political instability that’s harm our national integrity too. Government will have to take some serious steps in eradicating this evil of poverty for the all round social development. It’s not that attention to present phase of development must be obstructed but more resources must be allocated for the upliftment of the underprivileged. Firstly scammers and people involved in the malpractice of corruption will have to be checked because due to them only meagre amount of funds are actually available for poor people. The need of the hour is to check the inflation and to provide basic facilities to the poor and the destitute. In the wake of improving economic condition we need to provide equal opportunities of growth to everyone in the society.

Abhishek Sharma

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