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Who says we are poor??????

August 13, 2010

Who says we are poor??????

1     17.8 million tones of food grain, enough to feed 200 million people for a year, is being wasted because of shortage of storage facilities.

2     Flower pots worth 50 Lakhs purchased to beautify Delhi .

3     80,000 crore being spent unaccounted over the Commonwealth Games.

4     1000 Kg of gold used to make the dome of a temple.

5     100 Kg gold offered at Hindu Temple

6     Cost of wedding dress of a celebrity just Rs five Lakhs.

7     Twenty five crores spent on three days function of a wedding

And we say India is a poor country.

We are a funny lot.

We can let the food rot,( but No, we cannot offer the same food grain to poor, needy people.)

We put lakhs of rupees in the Hundis in temple as Gupt Daan (but if our servant asks for some loan we think ten times before giving and that too mere few hundreds.)

We will dress up the idols of Gods and Goddesses with expensive clothes ( but we will think twice before giving away our old clothes to needy. we would rather buy utensils in exchange of them)

We can buy flower pots worth millions of rupees (but then again we will construct the basic amenities for the public).

In a party we will fill our plates to brim, take a few bites and leave the rest to be thrown away (but we will not offer a normal roti to some beggar.)

Why should we, after all we are not poor.

We belong to a rich nation, with rich heritage, rich culture and a handful of rich bureaucrats who rule over the rest of the country.

We belong to a nation where rich go on becoming richer and poor go on becoming poorer and poorer.

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  1. August 13, 2010 7:08 pm

    They say the PDS rice, dal and sugar are not fit for human consumption…the rice is new rice that looks like Japanese Sticky rice on being cooked and gives the eater a tummy ache, the dal is sometimes green and never really cooks fully and the sugar has bombay rava mixed in it and is very fine in texture, doesn’t sweeten anything it’s mixed in.
    But the policy of 2 rupee rice wins them votes!

    • August 13, 2010 11:48 pm

      the food grains supposed to be fit are also not fit enough.
      with so much of contamination/ adulteration they are worth throwing
      but even then we consume it as there is no alternative

  2. Milan Mehta permalink
    August 13, 2010 7:23 pm

    Quite true, although its the same story in so called “Developed countries” as well. Its more prominent in India but hey we eat, we fight, we live, no matter what we do or will do in our lives we will still be Indians. happy independence day!!

    Cheers,

    Milan

    • August 13, 2010 11:49 pm

      what a coincidence my this post on the eve of Independence day.
      doesn’t it speak volumes about our country?????

  3. August 13, 2010 8:30 pm

    True and false.
    It is just a small section of a billion population which spends that amount on unproductive things.
    Have you ever seen a service class person spending millions on gold for a temple dome or contributing as his share for country’s infrastructure? I would think NO. Everyone spends some or other amount in some way in unproductive things but only as per what the pocket allows. Those who are worth spending in huge amounts are the ones who should put that for community welfare and development. So speaking on statements one by one, govt should yes think of providing grains and basic things which they can but burn or dump to the needed ones, millionaires and billionaires should think of investing their bulk of money in good causes rather than temple domes and filling up pockets that are already full and yes we belonging to service class should invest or donate in things where it would be worth not like blackmailing to God for some pity wish and donating him if it gets fulfilled. I know it is not that easy every time to do the right as sometimes people asking for money can reject your help and would ask for money only, but at least we can try.
    As far as rich and poor is concerned, well every nook and corner of this planet is rich in some or other thing, it’s just that who uses it how and who benefits the most. You will find beggars in US, UK, Germany, India, etc and you will find billionaires also. That’s what keeps the equilibrium of the world we see otherwise either everything will be dark or bright which is not balance.

    • August 13, 2010 11:52 pm

      you are right it is only those who have are the ones who can donate tons of money to the temples . more than half of which goes in the pockets of the trustees or the pandits.
      the ones who have the money feel proud in giving to temples or useless charities rather than making constructive and productive use of their excess money.
      it doesn’t pinch them to part with this money because it is not hard earned . easy money goes easily.

  4. August 13, 2010 8:41 pm

    Here in south, in almost all the temples can you imagine the amount of fruits,milk,butter,honey, turmeric powder etc are used for ‘abhishekam’ every day? Value wise it may come in lacs if not a crore.

    • August 13, 2010 11:53 pm

      that’s true. same people who pour gallons of milk for abhishek will not think of giving the same milk to a growing up child.
      it doesn’t matter to them if it goes down the drain literally .

  5. Jack permalink
    August 13, 2010 9:55 pm

    Anju,

    Read 4 posts now.

    On Let us change each other, one of the factors I stress upon for any relationship to be healthy is ” Willingness to adjust and accept other as he or she is.” On your saying ” Women understand dynamics of family relationship much more than what the men know “, may I ask then how come most of the newly married young girls try to come between her husband and his mother? or wish to break away from joint family and live with husband only?

    Mera Bharat Mahan reminded me of a slogan coined ” Mera Bharat Mahan, Dus mein se 9 beimaan.” Fact, isn’t it? And who to blame? It is we who give power to such persons either by voting for them or abstaining from voting.

    Where should the strong go to cry is a factual statement.

    Who says we are poor, true we have so much of Common Wealth that is making those enterprising ones happy. And again we are the ones who put them there.

    Take care

  6. August 14, 2010 6:50 am

    Bagman and Butler says
    Even without having a clue as to the value of a lakh or a crore, I understand your blog.

  7. August 14, 2010 6:32 pm

    We are from a nation which has 77% ( 83 crore) earning less than Rs 20/ day

  8. August 14, 2010 8:59 pm

    So true, but who will tell the billion odd people??

  9. August 14, 2010 10:49 pm

    Who said we are poor? We can’t “manage” wealth!

  10. August 15, 2010 10:02 am

    Its a case of improper and unfair division of resources. People who are supposed to get something, don’t even know that this “something” or “some scheme” for them exists.
    With a population of over 1 billion, its always going to be difficult to make it right. And above that, we elect corrupt members of public to the office.

  11. August 15, 2010 2:01 pm

    Hi,

    Your post was certainly very thought-provoking. I think we as a country need to get our priorities straight and we as people need to become more sympathetic to the poor.

  12. Satwinder Singh permalink
    September 5, 2010 12:11 pm

    In this regard, Mayawati is leading from the front. Spending crores of rupees on erecting statues of herself, and celebrating lavish birthday parties, where on the other hand millions of people, especially dalits are suffering in Uttar Pradesh itself, not to mention the rest of India.

    Not to say that other leaders such as Lalu Prasad Yadav are to be left behind. They are more concerned about raising the salary of MPs than about any social welfare scheme.

  13. April 8, 2011 6:50 pm

    Very well written. It is also true that the more we have, the more we are willing to spend but not to share with those who are needy

  14. April 27, 2011 12:38 am

    Good one! keep blogging!!

  15. RAMESH KUMAR permalink
    May 7, 2011 7:52 am

    Well, the billion odd people dont have to know. It not goin to be long when the economy can no longer support this huge population, then the change will happen. The change if not made will be thrust upon us. So, let these politicians keep building statues till they have no space to build. Hard times made the revolution in the Arab world and they will not spare us too. If people are ignorant they have to suffer to understand that these people are worthless as leaders.

  16. May 7, 2011 1:41 pm

    India was famous for three things….one was invention of Zero, another was women s best friend and lastly…….check out my lastest submission on Indivine……gr8 stats….we were never poor nor will be in future Lolz

  17. May 22, 2011 12:35 pm

    This is very true. There are a handful of people who have been gorging on the money that deserves to be in the hands of the poor and the middle class. More than being corrupt, our country is unjust to hard working citizens.
    This is something I wrote about in my blog. I have also written a research paper on The Indian Middle Class. The results are truly shocking and frustrating.
    Do check out what I have written, more people need to stop the government from looting.

  18. May 22, 2011 1:35 pm

    ure right! but my question is, what have we done to improve the situation. all that we can do is, blog and comment on facebook. we are retards, we have to accept that. my thoughts on a similar issue. i’m not here to advertise my post but i just felt that this post is relevant enough to be added here. i just want to find a solution to my problem. awaiting ur proposals and comments! :
    http://sudarshanvaradhan.blogspot.com/2011/05/anna-where-are-you.html

  19. August 6, 2011 1:12 pm

    Unfortunately the people on 2 extremes ( Have Lots and Have not muchs) do not access internet, blog frequently. But at least the 5 odd million Indians who access internet frequently needs to be sensitize and your post definitely achieves it.

    Unless something drastic happens which forces the entire middle class to come out of their comfort zones, nothing will change drastically, overnight. The changes will keep on happening slowly though as more as more people gets educated, join middle class and move up from there, as we have witnessed in past 20 years!

  20. July 7, 2012 8:24 am

    True Anju, unfortunately the priorities are not being set right. Votes over well being, returns over investment, individual richness over a society…. there still are lots to compare notes with… I guess what we need is the new breed of the Hazare’s who have woken up and make the demands so that the subject mentality is thrown and the leaders realize that they are accountable..

  21. September 4, 2012 10:22 pm

    There is no doubt that we are rich but sometimes being rich is not the only factor that can be taken into consideration. India suffers from what we can call income disparity.

  22. September 13, 2012 1:20 pm

    Not to mention the numerous hoardings with our politicians’ faces lining the roads everytime they travel from A to B!
    Very well said. I really hope the future generations don’t tolerate such wastage… too much is spent trying to appease ridiculous cultural and religious requirements!

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