Vol. 2, Issue 1 (2017)
The politics of poverty in India
Author(s): Dr. RP Saini
Abstract: Unlike other developed nations of the world, poverty is considered as fertile land for the Indian politics to grow and flourish and the poor an asset, vote bank and fertilizer for its growth. The victory or defeat of any political party depends upon the fact how best it can manage maximum votes from among the poorest of the poor because it is very easy to exploit the poverty for gaining the political mileage in India. We daily observe how does a healthy woman (called mother) on the cross roads use a feeble and skeletal child in her lap as a prop for begging to earn for the family at its cost. Two healthy and stout persons beg for a crippled soul being pulled in the trolley on the roads. A healthy person with 6/6 eyesight escorting a blind person and begging for him in the streets. In all these instances we find the woman with the feeble and skeletal child the healthy persons with a blind and crippled soul in the trolley earn more than if they had used the healthy child and normal persons during begging. It is a tragedy that these healthy and stout persons instead of begging for these crippled and feeble souls could prove a succour for them.