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It’s Up To Us Now – Part 12

May 25th, 2010 · 1 Comment

In any country, the only segment of the population that can bring about radical change is the middle class. The people at the top of the heap are too invested in the status quo and too comfortable where they are to risk upsetting the great deal they have by trying to change things. They correctly do not want to fix something that they don’t believe is broken.

Those at the bottom of the heap, the unwashed huddled masses, are too busy keeping body and soul together. All their energies are focused on getting two meals a day.

That leaves only the middle class.

The middle class in India has been historically disinclined to help bring about change. That’s one of the reasons why it took so long for India to rid of a few thousand Britishers ruling the country. It was not some great revolutionary action that made the British to leave. They left because they had finished with looting the country and it was time for them to leave. (However, that is not what we were taught in school.)

Continued tomorrow.

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  • 1 Tarun Anand // May 26, 2010 at 8:03 am

    I believe that a vast majority of Indian middle class is also part of the grind. They are also very busy keeping body, soul and maybe TV together. Unless a cataclysmic event happens like sealing of shops in Delhi or a Tsunami, its difficult for them to get out of the grind to react.

    If you ask your office staff, they will be traveling 1 hour each way to travel, doing 10-12 hours of honest work. This kind of lifestyle does not lead itself to time for reflection and change.

    The change agents are usually people who are separate from this grind and hence correctly surmised are few in number.

    Tarun

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