Do the Poor have the Government to blame?


This is in part prompted by a short debate I had with Prateek on the post about Foreign universities in India

I have always believed that It is nor your fault if you are born poor but it is your fault if you do nothing to change it. This is only if you are given a chance to. No one would want to remain poor. But the some like to depend on their ability to make it big while the rest just like to keep doing what they are doing and still expect to make it big. I mean, if you are a laborer, and you don’t learn any other skill in your life. Nor do you teach your kids any thing else. Why should you still have the right to blame the government for not doing enough for the poor? He is poor coz he didn’t do anything to get out of the poverty loop. Simple.

Therefore, My argument is that Expecting the government to provide you with quotas and subsidizing everything for you is unethical, rather the job of the government is to ensure that you have a chance to get to the top however poor you may be.

I also agree that its not an ideal system where each one gets a chance to make it big in life, though the recent Right to Education is one step closer to that system which does. But again I am not talking about some one born in a remote part of Lalgarh who very clearly doesn’t get a chance to rise up the economics ladder. Just for simplicity sake and also to overcome the unjust inequalities of the system, lets consider a person born in a city or a small town in India. Anyone from lower middle class and above.

Having established what cases we are considering. Lets move on to what I had said before and what let me explain it .

The role of the government is not earn bread and butter for you, it is your job. It is not their job to give every thing, that everyone else is slogging for, in your hands just coz you are from a quota class or are just plain poor. But their single most agenda should be to give every poor man a chance to become rich if he wants to. Much like the Great American Dream.

The focus of development should be at allowing individuals to be able to attain a rich lifestyle and not bringing down the cost of that lifestyle for them by using public money aka subsidies.

Referring to the context. Why should the government subsidize higher education? Instead it ensure that every citizen is given a decent chance to earn that money or provide you with a loan to be able to get that education. Which already happens for a lot of Indians that we have restricted ourselves to.

It is very important that our masses come to terms with this kind of thinking coz although we have moved into the era of market oriented economics, our mindsets are still set to the socialistic era. We expect the government to do everything for us. Provide us with easy, good and cheap education, food, shelter and jobs. And I am very strongly hinting at everyone who supports quota. Pun intended.

Coz all that we need is a Chance, not Charity.

  • http://indiawithme-prateek.blogspot.com/ IndiaWithMe

    Nicely written, Aditya. I agree to some of the points and disagree with few others. But seeing this discussion from a broader aspect I would say that the crux of the whole topic is the last line of your post “Coz all that we need is a Chance, not Charity”.

    Now, tell me..aren’t the schemes as NREGA a charity being done by the government. The scheme provides 100 days of guaranteed wage employment for all employment seekers above 18 years of age. Do you think these people will be able to send their kids to school ever?? And by your thoughts their poor children are responsible for their condition. They should revolt against their parents and go to government school. Isn’t it?? But how can we expect a child to go against his parents at the age of 10, 12 or even 16. And till he’s 18 he’s illiterate and jobless. And like this the poverty passes from generations to generations.

    I think much more should be done to bring this loop of poverty to an end. We will have to search for such children and make them come to the doorstep of schools. No one wants government’s facilities or charity schemes. A real ground action is needed. A sense of security should be assured rather than assuring 100 days of employment and few bucks or discounted rice.

    I would say no more. But would leave you with a nice article which throws much light on my point of view-
    http://ibnlive.in.com/blogs/sagarikaghose/223/61736/you-me-and-dantewada.html

    Thanks!!
    Prateek

    http://indiawithme-prateek.blogspot.com/

    • http://www.adityakumarnayak.com Aditya Kumar Nayak

      I definitely agree with you. And that is why I left out the lower than middle class people in the argument.

      Its coz I understand that however beautiful the markets may be but for these guys to enter the loop of progress, some initiatives over and above the markets are required. Coz, if we just let the markets do their job, it is going to be very slow for the Bottom of the Pyramid to get a chance :)

  • prateek4u

    Nicely written, Aditya. I agree to some of the points and disagree with few others. But seeing this discussion from a broader aspect I would say that the crux of the whole topic is the last line of your post "Coz all that we need is a Chance, not Charity".

    Now, tell me..aren't the schemes as NREGA a charity being done by the government. The scheme provides 100 days of guaranteed wage employment for all employment seekers above 18 years of age. Do you think these people will be able to send their kids to school ever?? And by your thoughts their poor children are responsible for their condition. They should revolt against their parents and go to government school. Isn't it?? But how can we expect a child to go against his parents at the age of 10, 12 or even 16. And till he's 18 he's illiterate and jobless. And like this the poverty passes from generations to generations.

    I think much more should be done to bring this loop of poverty to an end. We will have to search for such children and make them come to the doorstep of schools. No one wants government’s facilities or charity schemes. A real ground action is needed. A sense of security should be assured rather than assuring 100 days of employment and few bucks or discounted rice.

    I would say no more. But would leave you with a nice article which throws much light on my point of view-
    http://ibnlive.in.com/blogs/sagarikaghose/223/61736/you-me-and-dantewada.html

    Thanks!!
    Prateek

    http://indiawithme-prateek.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.adityakumarnayak.com Aditya Kumar Nayak

    I definitely agree with you. And that is why I left out the lower than middle class people.

    Its coz I understand that however beautiful the markets may be but for these guys to enter the loop of progress, some initiatives over and above the markets are required. Coz, if we just let the markets do their job, it is going to be very slow for the Bottom of the Pyramid to get a chance :)

  • Aditya Kumar Nayak

    I definitely agree with you. And that is why I left out the lower than middle class people.

    Its coz I understand that however beautiful the markets may be but for these guys to enter the loop of progress, some initiatives over and above the markets are required. Coz, if we just let the markets do their job, it is going to be very slow for the Bottom of the Pyramid to get a chance :)

  • Aditya Kumar Nayak

    I definitely agree with you. And that is why I left out the lower than middle class people in the argument.

    Its coz I understand that however beautiful the markets may be but for these guys to enter the loop of progress, some initiatives over and above the markets are required. Coz, if we just let the markets do their job, it is going to be very slow for the Bottom of the Pyramid to get a chance :)