BAD14: Inequality in Income

Last year I wrote about Blind Perceptions. This year - it's Inequality

The stark difference in distribution of wealth in India is so appalling that it’s visible in every nook and corner. Take for example Mumbai, on one hand it is home to numerous swanky bungalows, international celebrities and billionaire businessmen, while on the other hand, Dharavi is one of the largest slum dwellings in the world.

The roadsides in India are marked with sleek BMWs and crippled beggars. Behind most complexes in Bangalore where each flat costs about Rs 80 Lakhs to Rs 1 Cr, reside maid servants and helpers in shabby tents with leaking roofs.
I had once dropped a maid servant near her home. The living conditions were extremely pitiable, not to mention the possibility of diseases inhabiting in those damp and unhygienic surroundings.

I always wondered how did we let this happen? To our own country, our own comrades. Even after reaching Mars and becoming so technical strong, we couldn’t implement one good policy that actually is in the welfare of the citizens. Home to billions but still our country is lacking in people with progressive and radical ideologies and strength in character to turn those ideologies into reality.
Population explosion, Corruption, Tax evasion – we can point out all the reasons we want, but the harsh truth will not change. The rich is getting richer, the poor is becoming poorer.

House Rent is skyrocketing, tomatoes are sold at Rs 80/kg and onions seems to be replacing gold, even the middle income group is finding it difficult to make ends meet. The cost of living has more than doubled in the last couple of years, but the total earning is increased by percentage of just a single digit.

I live in Sydney now. An electrician, a taxi driver, a plumber, an IT professional, a receptionist – all earn in similar bracket and evoke same respect from the public. I do see homeless people here and there on street, but the government has policies to take care of them.


Philanthropy may help, but it is not an answer to our problems. There are many organizations and NGOs in India, diligently working towards educating poor children, teaching handcrafts and skills to empower women. Although it’s baby step towards improving the economic capabilities of our country, but something’s better than nothing.

20 comments:

  1. Very interesting. I really don't know a lot about India, so it's helpful to read posts like this. Thanks for the food for thought.

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    1. thank you :) glad you found it helpful :)

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  2. The disparity in income levels is not only saddening, it's difficult to understand. Some jobs are looked down upon and very poorly paid, but they are important. For example, in hospitals, doctors are given a lot of importance and are well-paid, nurses are given less importance and are not so well-paid, and housekeeping staff are given no importance and are poorly paid.
    As you've pointed out, our eyes are opened wide when we go abroad and find that all professions and jobs are treated with respect and are well-paid.

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    1. that;s true. Take the case of police officer or traffic controller. How can their job be any less important!! the disparity in income baffles me. Our mindset needs to change. Thanks for leaving your comment.

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  3. a true cmment on affairs of our country :-/

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    1. sad but true, Thank you for stopping by

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  4. MONEY AND RELATED FACILITIES are being limited to a few hands...like you said.
    We can only hope that our current government does something better

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    1. yeah I feel that;s the only solution. Thanks for writing in

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  5. It's sad isn't it...But the enormity of the situation makes me wonder when and if we will ever be able to bridge this gap!

    Random Thoughts Naba..Pixie Dust for a Happy You...

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    1. Better now coz the gap is has become an abyss now.
      Thanks a lot for writing in

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  6. A sad reflection of affairs the world over. If only people were not so self centered!

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    1. that's true Michelle. Where has all the compassion gone.

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  7. Inequality of income is present world-over, but it's visible in India. More than inequality of income, I find the attitude of people towards laborers and other workers, pitiable. It's changing, but there is a respect that every profession deserves and everyone should have some basic courtesies.

    Destination Infinity

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    1. I too agree. We need to begin the change in ourselves, regarding everyone equally. Thanks for your comments.

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  8. In Sydney, a plumber and a receptionist earn in similar bracket! That's news to me. In USA, a plumber makes as much as a surgeon.

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    1. I am not sure how much a surgeon earns here. But most of the jobs have the same bracket.

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  9. Sad how ugly capitalism across the globe is the root cause of all evil. They are responsible for creating second class citizens, amass huge wealth for their own selfish interests. That's why we need socialism to restore human dignity.

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    1. It's strange that even after independence we couldn't get this right. The disparity is increasing day by day. Thanks for writing in.

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  10. I completely agree with you.
    India has both richness and poverty startles us.
    I really wish that the change comes soon.
    I also admit, I dont know how.

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