Indian strike, ‘Bharat Bandh’, for subsidies is poor thinking

Your free tea is on the way… (Pic courtesy 8pmnews.com) Today’s countrywide strike in India, Bharat Bandh, shows Indians are not prepared to live without government subsidies. It goes against the healthy instinct that we remain fair and square and pay for what we get. The rise in cost of living – food, medicines, and petrol – are only consequences of the pouring of wealth across all classes – with the exception of the remote, tribal hinterland (which provides photo-ops to the foreign media.) Most executives earn salaries in excess of Rs 4-500,000. Many families have multiple earners, whose income adds to the household account. Why then this clamour for cheap petrol, education and vegetables? The cultural roots of this tendency lie in a very deep expectation that we are bred with – of enjoying life without having to pay for it. What is the dream, THE DREAM, of a typical Indian? Free food, free transportation, free accommodation, free water and power, free...
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