Comments on: Among the protests, India’s poor get on with life Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: PD1967 Sun, 28 Aug 2011 17:27:48 +0000 India is at a crucial cusp in history. The Indian population has been under various kinds of ‘rulers’ for a very long time. Hence even though India has elections , the elected representatives and their insitutitions behave like rulers. The Indian population has been exploited by the ‘new rulers’ long enough. This is the rise of orphans of a half revolution to seek true democracy.
The people have more than demonstrated their faith in Anna and Government has to recognise the voice of the people.
Our politicians need to be reminded that they are ‘representing’ us not ruling us. This ‘ruling’ mindset percolates all levels of Government from a cop to the ministers…. India needs to become a true democracy and ensure our representatives behave like representatives.

By: Yeesh Mon, 22 Aug 2011 02:09:58 +0000 The daily wage workers and beggars simply do not have the luxury of time to do this. As Tranquiler mentioned, they live from hand to mouth and if they were to join in, their families will have to go hungry for the night. I do not think it is fair to say that because they are not out actively protesting and wearing Anna hats that the anti corruption movement is not relevant to their lives.

The reason why these people are left on the streets begging is corruption. The money which the corrupt government has stored in their private swiss bank accs can be put to education, infrastructure, jobs creation. All of which are badly needed by these people.

India is rich. Super rich. This is a country whose economy is so huge. With such a great potential to grow and progress, why then are there still so many poor people? It is simply baffling. Even as a foreigner, I cannot help it but feel strongly indignant about the situation the common folks face as well.

For an idea on how corrupt at the Congress gov is, simply take a look at Gujarat. Look at the good work which Narendra Modi is doing. Big businesses are establishing themselves in that state. There is still a lot more work to be done in Gujarat but it has been a great and very heartening start. This is a possibility in all states in India. A possibility which can b easily achieve if the Congress government bothers to spend even just one minute to think of the common people on the streets and less on their private jets, which islands in the world to purchase and which country to fly to for their vacation.

By: Tranquiler Sat, 20 Aug 2011 07:57:22 +0000 The author got it all wrong.

1. The protests are not just confined to India Gate/Ramlila. It has spread to all metros, tier-2, tier-3 cities and small towns. The author should watch all regional news channels.

2. If daily-wage workers and beggars attend protests, they and their families will have to go empty stomach for that night. That’s why general elections in India are a matter of cash-for-votes.

3. Forget The Hindu poll. Majority of Indians who vote in general elections won’t be knowing the person whom they’re going to vote for. Whoever gives more money/food/alcohol/cloths will get votes.

By: SamratMukherjee Sat, 20 Aug 2011 04:06:19 +0000 It’s a ridiculous post, makes no sense and is not worthy of an article. The poor in any country below the poverty line, don’t care or want to care of any protest and it’s outcome. The keyword poor connected to a stereo typed image of India is merely used to attract attention to the blog. There is no sense to this story and is definitely not worth a complete complete page, leave alone a headline.

By: dontbeasinine Thu, 18 Aug 2011 18:23:08 +0000 this is by far the most sensible article i’ve read on this rubbish hoopla.

By: sudcool Thu, 18 Aug 2011 10:27:29 +0000 truth