4 Jun 2014

A Satirical Observation : Who Born to be a Poor?

‘Silence gives inferences’.....but who interprets that. Whether inequality comes from bases or situations? Social imbalances can be justified on the basis of prolonged historical traditions and unwritten laws but human progress from barbarism to humanism must account for uniformity, homogeneity and a peaceful society. An ugalitararian society have foundation in totalitarian principles but if ideology comes after reality, then?

Indian society unlike western theory and reality provides ample way of rethinking about progress. If Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro were developed than Mesopotamia then why India is developing only? People may find answer in colonisation theory but the potential cap of development might have been revamped in last decades. Who contributes more for society? A farmer sweating in nature’s lap or a blue collared ‘human’ in conditioned environment. If jobs and profitability comes on comparing merits then scope and opportunity must have significance?

An analytic view of rural economy depicts heterogeneous picture, having diaspora of interlinked attributes.  More over, occupational pattern have been mostly derived through castes and religion, roots emanating through different classical theories of traditions. A full view of village local “HAAT” may elucidate a panorama of amalgamating occupational hierarchy and different syllable of ‘classes’.

Prologue in planning commission may concaving the lower strata but beneficiary at the end still needs to be accounted for the gap of rupees 1 and 15 paisa. The inclusive developmental framework may claim through its conventional pattern of NABARD but why microfinance and SHGs still a dreamt behind for appreciable success? So the crux comes in changing approach, transformation in aptitude and proliferation of concepts.

Rural economy have always been seen as “hole in the basket”. Subsidising utilities finds “pettiness over kindness ’’in literal terms .Rural poor’s saving can be visualised as scaling level player for “no option theory” rather than metros scattered premium options. Educational barrier may pose hurdle for insurance companies for rural areas but there should be a parallel explanation of ushering mobile users in villages! If agricultural labourers are illiterate then migrated labourers must not be credited for huge development of cities and metropolis.

So it mere needs an elaborative change in looking for options rather than eliminating alternatives for break even points. Because social barriers are not the born inabilities rather an outcome of disadvantaged and forced   accessibility of services.

Who born to be a poor?

This is a satirical observation. You are most welcome to give your views.

(Written by Praveen Kumar, GTE at Infosys Limited)



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