Most recently, I went on an industrial visit organised by my friends at college to Toyota
Kirloskar Bangalore. I learnt a lot on the journey, gained a lot of knowledge technical and
otherwise. I thought that it was worth sharing, so here goes.

After the industrial visit, I was permitted to visit a mall. One thing that dawned on me as
soon as I entered the mall was the flaunting of wealth. It was the most overt display of
wealth, size and grandeur humanely imaginable. For a long time, it would have impressed
me no end. It would have satisfied a teenager’s irrepressible necessity to flaunt wealth in
the name of appearing cool.

For some reason, that teenager did not feel all that high and mighty with his mom’s cash in
his wallet. I looked at the faces of the waiters, cashiers, workers alike and in those faces I
could see the unmistakable expression of disdain and revulsion as they bitterly served their
green customers.

At that point of time a realisation dawned on me, that there was a disparity and the
fact that I had failed to notice made me feel ashamed and slightly appalled at my own
nonchalance and ignorance. I thought of the situation back home in Chennai.

A single mall at the centre of poverty, words do not begin to explain the nature and the
cruelty of a system that feeds on its own. Citi centre mall stands amidst poverty, it stands
for the desiccation of wealth from the poor. There were many promises made at the time
of construction of this mall, promises of financial nature to enable the betterment of the
slums. None of those promises ever materialised, to the best of my knowledge. Not one
drop of the nectar of profit shared with the downtrodden. The conditions of the slums
surrounding malls are alarming.

Not just this specific mall, in India there is such disparity in wealth. The above is but one
example of the increasingly different financial nature of the different classes of society.
There has to be a mechanism to set this balance right, a channel to help the wealthy return
what they owe the less fortunate.

In today’s increasingly unforgiving world such a disparity will undoubtedly lead to conflict
and it will escalate into all out anarchy. It is time that the youth of this nation galvanise
it with hope, hope of a better tomorrow. Not only for themselves but also for the less
financially equipped. There is tempest on its way, the only course of action is prevention,
and there will be no hiding once it hits shore.

There is more disparity in wealth than ever before, more people with high end cell phones
and more people without food or clothing for their children. There has been a stark increase
in the wealth of a few privileged/lucky men. On the other hand there are countries in which
thousands upon thousands die in starvation.

For all the talk of an evolved society, it is but a twisted utopian world of a few content with
their own gluttony.

This is something I have experienced myself, so here goes. I am walking on the road
earphones on with my smartphone in shorts and a t-shirt. The path I generally tread makes
me a sight of envy for the slum dwellers. I walk past person after person green with envy
and angry at their own plight. Most of them are wondering how the hell does, this kid get
the money for a fancy cell and outfit when I can barely afford education for my son.

I am but a student I have more than what a worker does. It is something that strikes me as
grossly wrong on so many different levels as it should you as well.

In India there are so many people and as a result the value of each person has gone down.
India may be the biggest democracy in the world but this one of the most hypocritical ideas
I have come across till now. Why? Well what is the point of democracy when more than
half the nation is still is still in the medieval age. There are parts of our country that lack
electricity, water and food. And I have the indecency to write this article with an S3 playing
music and the air conditioner at 22*degrees. See the funny side?

At least I have the decency to admit that I have not contributed a solution to the problem
and quite possibly contributing to its root cause. People should never use more than what
they need. This is the reason why nations are in starvation. I am only a student I hardly
expect a morally high sounding slightly confessional article to make a difference now. In
the very process of writing my feelings I have brought about alacrity in my mind on many a
problem in the Indian, let me not be selfish, the international society.

One man cannot gorge himself with a pile of riches, while another starves. I hope most
of you who read this article are able to come to the same conclusions I have. And that
sometime in the near future contribute to the solution whose making we have been party
to.

Ever heard of “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good

men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke).

By Vishnu Supreet

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