The culture of poverty in India

by Siddhartha

Most of the communities in the entire Indian sub-continent (such as the Bengali one) succumbed to the "Culture of Poverty" (Oscar Lewis), irrespective of the class or economic strata, and whether they live on the pavement or in an apartment.

Nobody feels any regret at all or is ashamed of the deep-rooted corruption, the decaying general quality of life, one of the worst politico-administrative system, weak levels of literacy and knowledge of our own mother tongue, continuous absorption of common social space (both mental as well as physical). We are becoming fathers & mothers only by mindless and blindfolded procreation (supported by some lame excuses). Simply depriving their children of fundamental rights for a decent, caring society as well as a fearless & dignified life.

No one's ever looking for any other positive alternative behaviour (e.g. values) to perform a more human form of parenthood, i.e. they're all deliberately parenting children born out of ignorance and extreme poverty. It seems that all of us are being driven only by the very animal instinct. If the Bengali people are ever able to obtain that genuine freedom (break free from the vicious cycle of poverty) in their own lives/attitude, and involve themselves in the "production of social space" (Henri Lefebvre), if they initiate a movement by heart, dignity & dedication, politics will definitely come up.

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