Friday, August 31, 2012

Blog 1: India's Class War

 Looking at inequality I found an article in the New York Times written by Sambuddha Mitra Mustafi
about India's class war that has reeked havoc over the country for many years with special emphasis on the town of Naxalbari. This article talks of the history of the class war specifically the movement from this small town Naxalbari in the late 1960's. It also talks about how the class war is still prominent today where it still leads to the deaths of over 1,000 every year. There has been a growing number of people being brought out of poverty in recent times but the income inequality gap has only risen further. Although many people in this small town are better off than they were in the late 1960's there are still a lot of things that need to be addressed.

Inequality is a problem that has been a scourge to the world from the beginning of written history. We see inequality all around the world to this day. There are few better examples of inequality than that of India. India has had a social caste system for many years and although it is not as prevalent since their economic shift it is still prevalent. Many individuals as we saw in the article are still suffering greatly from this class inequality. On top of this the income gap has risen, which in turn makes it just as difficult if not more difficult to rise out of poverty. Clearly India has a storied history of inequality and bloody social class wars. Hopefully India, can rise out of this and shed itself of it's inequality problems and in turn create a better life for all of it's citizens

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