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Why make the middle class the whipping boy?

Discussion in 'National Politics' started by Naren1987, Oct 30, 2011.

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  1. Naren1987

    Naren1987 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Some labels stick when used by more and more people for more and more times. The term middle class is a classic example of a semantic conspiracy. It has been misused, twisted and straight-jacketed into something essentially evil. It has become fashionable to use the term middle class pejoratively. It is a legacy of the Victorian era that is long past us. Why we are still stuck with this linguistic monstrosity?

    The rich are busy counting their cash. They do not bother about what others say about them. The poor are the darling of the political class and social scientists, and the intelligentsia. They are always struggling to make both ends meet. Then we are left with the middle class, who have no patrons or godfathers because they mind their own business. They do not have political clout as they are suspected to abstain from voting during elections. No wonder the middle class has become the whipping boy of many politicians and commentators.

    In Nazi Germany, it was easy to kill a person by merely calling him a Jew. In India, it is easy to demonise a movement by labelling it a ‘middle class' phenomenon. Some ruling party politicians tried to rubbish Anna Hazare's anti-corruption movement as a middle class-sponsored agitation. So what? It is as if the middle classes have no right to protest. Is political legitimacy the birthright of the rich and the poor only?

    Who are these middle classes any way? There are still no universally accepted criteria for defining middle class. Simply put, they are neither rich nor poor. Even the income criterion has not been settled. According to the National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER), a family with an annual income between Rs. 3.4 lakh to Rs. 17 lakh (at 2009-10 price levels) falls in the middle class category. According to NCAER, by 2015-16, India will be a country of 53.3 million middle class households or about 267 million people.

    It has become fashionable to deride “middle class moralityâ€￾ and “middle class mentalityâ€￾ without even bothering to think what they really mean. Yes, the middle classes are conservative. They believe in incremental changes. But they are also progressive in many respects. They embrace change more easily than others. They hate violence and provide stability and order to society.

    Mahatma Gandhi was middle class. So were other stalwarts of the freedom movement. So were great social and religious reformers, scientists and poets.

    Selfishness is a charge that has been frequently levelled against the middle class. If being focussed on providing a decent standard of life to one's family through hard work is selfishness, then middle class-baiters will also face the same charge. If the middle classes aspire to get rich through honest means after paying taxes, what is wrong with it? Nobody wants to get poor, right?

    The middle classes may not be politically active, but many of them are RTI activists, members of public-spirited NGOs, and public interest litigants who have exposed corruption and defended the rights of the common man.

    Consumerism is another bogey raised against the middle class. There are over 800 million mobile phone subscribers in India. Are they all middle class? Everybody loves buying stuff, right?

    It is the middle class that is going to spur the rise of India and China as world powers. Should we have any other reason to stop maligning the middle class?
    The Hindu : Opinion / Open Page : Why make the middle class the whipping boy?
     
  2. rcscwc

    rcscwc Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Middle class is not a constituency worth cultivation. Nor are the rich.

    MCs pay back their loans, no waivers for them. They pay all the taxes, IT too. They bear the brunt of inflation. They pay exhorbitant rates for electricity and water so that our "poor" farmers get them free. They do not encroach upon the lands and properties of others. They are generally law abiding ones, try to educate their chidren.

    MC provide the military and economic muscles.

    Why is MC demonised? Easy as cheese.

    1. No party is prepared to defend their rights.

    2. Most of this class is composed of educated Hindus. Easy targets.
     
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  3. sanman

    sanman Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    Middle class is growing, and asserting their rights. They cannot be bullied by the "democratic politicians" as easily as the poor.

    Middle class has historically been the agent of democratic change around the world. It will likewise be so in India.

    Oh, we know that the 3rd-world kaangressmen won't accept this, and will try to play every wily game they can think of, to thwart this.

    But in the end they will fail, and will be worse off for having tried to play the spoiler.
     
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  4. Naren1987

    Naren1987 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    I'll give you the single reason why the middle class is being demonised,
    1.Marxist parasites always target the most productive members of the society, not the affluent, but the most productive,educated people. Remember the way the Red Army killed the best Poles in the Katyn forest?
    I think the left has the same attitude towards the Indian middle class

    2.We actually have education, information, access to the internet, we're the only ones smart enough to know that Stalin(the icon of the left) was a bigger mass murderer than Hitler.
    We also know that the Nehru/Gandhi family had nothing to do with our freedom, it was the second world war that drained GB.

    Therefore, if you don't support left idiocy, the left-wing idiots target YOU.
    Why do you think there's such a disproportionate concern in the left for the 1984 Sikh massacre and the 2002 riots, why do they have more debates about Gujarat?
    Why do you think artists like ARoy never, eheh-ver talk about the 1984 attcks on Sikhs?, are they not entitled to justice like the Muslims?
    Why do you think that CPM never bring up this atrocity like it does for Babri and Gujarat?
    Because the Sikhs are not left-friendly, that's why.
     
  5. sanman

    sanman Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    Naturally, those who have a stake in preserving the current crooked system (eg. Leftists & casteists, Kaangress-wallahs & vote banks, etc) will seek to attack those who threaten to topple the crooked system.

    But the crooks can't win because their crookery is unsustainable. They'll just suffer more loss of face in the end.
     
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    ^^^^^ I agree with you guys, change is inevitable, one day its bound to happen
     
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    Praveen Taneja 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    The frustration and agony is rising in MC which could start a new begining for India as Anna and party have put there hand on the nerve in pain
     
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    rcscwc Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Do you know about Mauryan Empire? Founded by Chandragupta, guided and nurtured by Chanakya? It was a powerful empire, militarily and economically. Then Ashoka, the third emperor, embraced Buddhism, gave funds to Buddha viharas. Free meals attracted a lot of people: poor brahmins, failed merchants escaping debtors, coward and spineless among the kshatriyas. Military strength suffered, economy suffered, GDP fell, state coffers were empty, granaries were empty [they were so paistakingly promoted by Chandra and Chanakya]. That is where we are headed.

    But do you know how Mauryan empire came to and end? Present constitution and policies might meet the same fate IF middle class decides to ACT.
     
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  9. Guynextdoor

    Guynextdoor Lt. Colonel SENIOR MEMBER

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    As with most of your posts, this one too is full of BS. The middle class is demonised not because it's composed of hindus but because communists called it as dangerous/more dangerous than the rich capitalists. The 'bourgoise' is supposed to be the spineless bootlicker who collaborates with the capitalist to heap atrocities upon the poor working classes. The middle class therefore provides a lot of 'counter revolutionary' tendencies to preserve their intersts. If you want to ask who's blaming the Indian middle class, go kick the commies who not only attack the middle class but also have destroyed our economy. Go kick the brinda karat and prakash karats and b bhattacharya of the world who have done nothing except destroy our society.
     
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    Naren1987 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Buddha was a good chap, perhaps Bengal's only hope.
     
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    Foxtrot Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    ^ Buddha, Bengal's only hope for what????........
     
  12. legalize logic

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    Let's stick to India's case for the time being;the middle class is marginalized primarily because they are presumed to have no demands by the civil government and yes,because they consist mostly of Hindus.To pull the blanket of liberalism over it or write it away as bourgeois warfare would be to dilute this plain fact.
     
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