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December 20, 2013

Fighting Inequality, Indian Style

Filed under: Uncategorized — Aravinda @ 9:40 am

New York Times

Inequality, Indian Style

By ROGER COHEN
Published: December 19, 2013

Comment:

Indian TV-Gurus are peddling your message of "change must come from within" 24 / 7.

Are we giving up on the idea of democracy, that we can collectively make policies that work for society as a whole? At times, I plead guilty … but every day, I wake up and snap out of it. Of course, we must change ourselves – it is very hard, too. Hats off to Ravi Gulati, but if he finds that his peers aren’t interested in conversations on the subject of inequality, he is clearly hanging with the wrong crowd.

Not 5 km from Khan Market, near Jantar Mantar, 200 elderly people are sitting in dharna for pensions. Struggling to live with dignity in old age, they are demanding that the government fulfill its promise to provide social security benefits. Their dedication and faith in the democratic process reminds us that we must join our voices with theirs, we must be the change.

http://pensionparishad.org/pension/sign-our-petition/

http://www.change.org/en-IN/petitions/prime-minister-of-india-keep-your-promise-give-pensions-and-stop-savage-budget-cuts

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