It is the most beautiful truth in morals that we have no such thing
as a distinct or divided interest from our race - In their welfare is ours;
And by choosing the broadest paths to effect their happiness,
We choose the surest and shortest to our own - Bulwer
In this era, we have witnessed the worst recession of this century. The world was reeling under immense pressure with most of the western giant financial institutes falling like a house of cards. India with no exception and felt the blow of it with mainly our western world linked highly sought after globally acclaimed intellectuality gasping and bleeding! Yet, it is now believed that our very cultural upbringing has kept us ashore in these highly turbulent times. Culture, a way of life, has inculcated the habit of ‘saving’ for may be tomorrows hard times and this worked like a savoir for us!
Well, habits are habits; and if some worked like a savior then few others have turned us as meek and inert. Our docile nature was a life’s compulsion to live under most undemocratic regimes due to continuous ruthless invasions on our motherland. Through centuries of invasions have breed habit of accepting harbingers of suppression and have turned inertness around our surroundings as a way of accepting life. It is just as if continuous mutations on crossover in genes perpetrates new breeds, all such habits good or bad are as if ‘genetically codoned’ in our life; and as Shakespeare rightly said: “How use doth breed a habit in a man.”
Well, in Nagpur, the local government is taking an advantage of this inertness of its citizens and therefore one after the other had imposed a murderous rise in taxes. Nagpur it is the largest city in central India. With a population of around 2,420,000 it is also the third largest city by population in the state of Maharashtra. The recent survey also tells us that Maharashtra has the highest number of urban poor in India.... [continues]
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