Hypocrisies of the great Indian Middle class

Well this may look like a betrayal of the class to which I belong but if it is be it so. There is a limit to which one can tolerate hypocrisy and this class has gone far beyond that. The latest in this is the venom spewed against the JNU, its student leaders, the dalit groups at IITM, Central university of Hyderabad and such. In fact a judge who gave six month bail to the president of the JNU students union granted it with the rider that she will be keeping a watch on his conduct and a sermon on patriotism. Which made me ruminate over this topic and analyze it from a view point which could be said to be contrarian and anti national too as nowadays the old adage call a dog a name and hang it has been changed to call those who have views contrary to yours as antinationals and then charge them with sedition!

Let us take on the attitudes of the great Indian middle aka the great Indian hypocrites unbounded. They speak about black money stashed abroad how it affects the economy and so on. But, when it comes to selling your land, flat or anything else the unaccounted payment is welcome. How about the black money in Swiss banks and the promises to bring it back? Well that has gone out of the country, this money stays inside! So, that is acceptable. How about the undervaluation of the assets that you are investing in? That is to save on the stamp duty! Why should the money go the government? Yes we keep on carping about corruption but how about the little bribe you paid at the RTO’s office? If I did not do that they would keep the document for days and harass me! So, goes on the litany of the woes of the great Indian middle class. Who would always speak about values, corruption, black money transactions that the others to but would not like to apply the same to themselves.

Well, our middle class has got a great fetish for ‘merit’. The reservations for dalit-bahujans are all a great affront to meritocracy. Abolish them immediately and let everything be merit based. For which some dalits have replied- abolish the caste system first and then reservations. Well for people who have been ill treated, exploited since centuries a little affirmative action would go a long way to help them to join the mainstream. Well, it brings down the standards! How about the payment seats? They are given to those who can pay the highest how about that? Then comes the argument of right of choice etc… For those who speak about merit how about conducting competitive exams for the posts of pujaris in temples? Those who get the highest marks in Sanskrit should be appointed to such posts. Then comes the argument of tradition and inheritance. It is the tradition that dalits should remain untouchable, uneducated and economically back ward and only the children of the upper castes (of course to which the middle class belongs). How about the reservation on the boards of directors of companies most of whose capital comes from public shareholding? Of course the same applies to other religious institutions like mosques, churches (not the Roman Catholic ones!) and probably to all. In case of Roman Catholics since the clergy is supposed to be celibate, it is the class and many times the caste that is more important. If you wonder what caste has to do with Christianity remember that it is only the religion that they got converted to, caste is by birth! So, there goes ‘merit’ down the drain.

The middle class is a great one for taxes and the ‘tax payer’s money’. The way they rave about misuse of tax payer’s money would put a scrooge to shame! If a scholarship is given to a lower caste person coming from a humble background say a Kanhaiya or a Rohith it is tax payers money down the drain because they are studying liberal arts or such. How about the money gone down the drain when 90% of the IITians and those passing from medical institutes (the state run ones I mean which pay the post graduates a handsome stipend) migrate abroad? They would have gone to serve the humanity or to advance scientific knowledge forget their taking up citizenships there and having no plans of returning to repay the huge sums paid for their education by the tax payers! Many a time they act as if they are the only ones who pay taxes and others don’t! However when recently debts worth a lakh and a half crores were written off there was not a whimper of protest from them. The very same people who cry foul at grants given to JNU have not uttered a word about the Vijay Mallyas, Satyam Rajus, Subroto Roy and their ilk, who had swallowed huge amounts of the very same tax payers had earned money. Perhaps they are true patriots like Vijaya Mallya of the Kingfisher airlines (in)fame who has now migrated to England in a display of patriotic fervour! It is as if only income tax payers pay tax while those like excise duty, value added tax are not taxes at all. I know many such tax payers who pay it on a quarter of their income while suppressing the rest. There are even those whose incomes are almost totally unaccounted and show only minimum taxable income to qualify as ‘tax payers’ and comment about others!

What gets the goat of the middle class are the subsidies particularly when they are given to the poor. It makes them lazy, dependent and idle! They do not mind having unlimited supply of water for which they pay a pittance, the servants whom they employ for a song and can survive only by the low cost of the food inputs. They make a fuss when their driver demands a thousand more per month but pay lakhs to clubs. They expect the mothers, brothers and sisters of Kanhaiya and Rohith to work for a pittance while ranting about subsidies to them! Perhaps it must be their fear that they will not get such people to work for them for sweat shop wages if they get educated and ask for their rights. When it comes to paying fair wages for them the whole of the middle class gets united- if a maid servant asks for more all the house wives discuss their ‘servant problems’ and try to brow beat them.

Our middle class is a great admirer of the armed forces. It is not that their children go there but they would like the children of others to joint the armed forces. They talk of ‘demoralising’ them if any one criticizes their atrocities, talk of their families who should be looked after in comfort when they are away but of course when a father of one such working for the air force is lynched on the suspicion of having beef in his refrigerator(which later turned out to be some other meat) the very suspicion of some one having slaughtered gau mata is justifiable to kill him! How about sending your children to serve the country? Recall the words of the great general George S. Patton? “Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.” This is what our middle class practices! So, here we have those whose children are doctors, software engineers well settled preferably abroad speak of sacrifices for the country.

They are patriots to the core and wear it on their sleeve. How about your children who are American citizens? That is all right but their heart lies in India – must be a case of ectopic heart! We have the children of these great patriots who stay abroad but whose heart bleeds for India. They speak about ancient glories, the greatness of Indian values and all that sitting in the comforts of the developed nations where they have taken up citizenship. It is not they want to but were forced by the circumstances!

More and more could be listed out but I think these would do. Glory be to the hypocrites of the great Indian middle class!

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Narendra Nayak


  • I don’t agree with you
    1. Compare any private company with its equivalent public sector company in India and tell me which is better. Let there be reservations for economically backward. Why are you saying caste? Except in some remote district of India, I have never seen caste..
    2. Subsidies – people are giving away subsidies they don’t need. For example many people have voluntarily given away the gas subsidies.
    3. WE are proud of our soldiers. Why do you think only soldiers are the only people working for the nation. Every citizen is working hard to build these nation up.
    4. Black money – I partially agree with you on this point that there is some corruption. But our Prime minister is doing a great job in building digital India. These things will get solved over time.

    Finally, for a healthy economy and nation “Every person should work and earn his bread” I don’t see that approach in your post. Your approach is 2 out of 10 people are lazy. But why those 2 and not someone from the remaining 8.

  • This is brilliantly written. Someone has to call out the hypocrisy and you did it well. If it were some mystic gyan all the Popular FB pages such as Logical Indian etc would have reshared, alas this is hard hitting article so they don’t care to share it

  • Articles such as this should have been published in the sunday supplements of Main Strem News papers like HINDU, Indian Express.ETc. Mr. Nayak can disclose much more about the Stupid middle- class,, specially their religious susceptibilities

  • Brilliant Article. You deserve to write in mainstream newspapers. There’s something you have missed out when middle-class talk about merit. Today most middle-class parents send their children to institutions like IITians’ PACE, Rao IIT etc, paying huge fees. With this kind of intense cramming, a good number of these kids are likely to get into these institutions. What merit are they talking about when their kids are participating in the race primed on hormones and steroids while kids without the means have to fend for themselves.

  • Aw, this was a really nice post. In idea I would like to put in writing like this moreover – taking time and precise effort to make an excellent article… however what can I say… I procrastinate alot and by no means seem to get something done.

  • Middle class families’ kids don’t go to army? How did you arrive at the conclusion? This blog is more like gruntings of failed marxists[or other such lunatics] cloaked behind sophisticated angrezi. I don’t know why I read this BS full of assumptions to drive your own argument.

  • Oh my goodness! an amazing article dude. Thank you Nevertheless I am experiencing problem with ur rss . Don’t know why Unable to subscribe to it. Is there anybody getting similar rss downside? Anybody who is aware of kindly respond. Thnkx

  • I agree with author . Indian society is full of hypocrites. But this should not be used for Brahmin or Hinduism bashing. Nor it is a Dalit vs Brahmin thing.
    Reservations is against the principles of equality and Dalits need protection from OBCs and non Hindus and not from Brahmins .
    In Kerala’s temples, priest need to wake up early 5 AM , take bath in pond, should do elaborate rituals based on tantra vidhi unlike many temples outside kerala where priests bath in bathrooms with geyser and maximum they do is an aarthi
    And in kerala yadu Krishna is in news. He is a dalit priest. he is also a post graduate in Sanskrit. So meritocracy does applies to temple priest profession and Brahmins are not protesting at all.
    Coming back no Brahmins or Hindus are stopping dalits from taking any profession.

    Indians and Hindus are traditionally very family oriented exclusive people. Assimilation of others to one’s community is very difficult. The roots of hypocrisy are at our homes.
    When my child does something all is good. when others do we find mistakes. This attitude applies to all communities and all profession in India

  • The problem is just fight for survival or else why most will adjust.

    Trust me the same middle class Indian put him in a overseas country or he gets job abroad, these things they do do…

    Like Bigg Boss reality Show. Anytime public has voting rights in ATM Vote Booths. Always candidates have to convince public through works and be visible.

    No point fighting corruption, the current system, people, everything, every iota is highly nourishing for corruption.

    What if public in India can vote anytime, anyplace, anywhere..

    Initially hiccups will be there, multiple elections will happen, stability will lack, confusion will prevail..but after two three years only genuine candidates will stay.

    Introduce 24/7, 365 days Vote Booths like ATM.

    What if political power in India is decided by 24/7, 365 days voting?

    In short currently i as a public I am not able to do anything even if I know the elected politician is corrupt.

    But imagine I just have to go press a button and vote in the 24/7 Vote ATM, with my biometric authentication and similarly every citizen has the same power, simply go vote, anytime, anyplace, anywhere…

    Yes from anywhere in India if I can withdraw money from my local bank, thanks to ATM why can’t I vote for my local constituency even though I am far.

    I go ask my minister to do the work.
    He doesn’t do it, I just goto ATM vote both, and that’s it, vote…..anytime score comes below say eg: 90%, 95%, (a suitable score can be fixed after research) he is immediately fired from post….also refer previous/above comments

    As usual elections happen once in 5 years.
    This is just 24/7 voting + right to recall 24/7.

    Public can vote anytime for candidates in fray. After elections, Anytime score comes down below 90%, candidate is Fired. Its like in my office, Folks don’t like a leader, anytime vote share is less than 90%, He’s Fired. #democracy

    As 4hung assembly, relection, coalition, same can be continued. Onus is on political parties 2 ensure public gives CLEAR MANDATE. Jst tat hung assembly, coalition will be more frequent but long run in 1or2yrs it will become stable. Oly proper candidates & majority govt will stand

    Candidate need not worry about majority govt or majority govt cannot be arrogant or delay progress of nation. Coz public is having 24/7, 365 days voting rights. So if individual candidate not able 2do work or majority govt not releasing funds, public goes to ATM vote & casts vote

    So progress of nation will not be delayed coz of hung assembly, majority govt not helping or individual MLA not doing work. Public will know the reason who is delaying. With 24/7, 365 voting they will know what to do. Offcourse concerned ministers can tell public why delay, who?

    To avoid spur of moment public sway or sudden untoward incident/sentiment against a candidate, once candidate is fired, he can appeal or recontest. So again folks will vote after 48 days, if still candidate scores <90%, he’s fired.

    So whenever folks/ public/ citizens not happy or candidate not doing work, jst goto 24/7-365 VOTE (like ATM) booth. Give Biometric authentication (to avoid fake vote), Vote & Come. 1 appeal review after 48 days for candidates to secure >90% votes. Again failed, FIRED is confirm.

    Elections, Voting will be 24/7. Candidates can appeal through sms, visit public, arrange rally, tv shows etc. anytime.

    So both public & candidates have 48 days time. Public can change vote in those 48 days & candidate can improve his score >90% by doing his work. Biometric 24/7, 365 ATM like VOTE booth with 48 days Appeal system. Public can vote at anywhere in India as BIOMETRIC card is inserted

    Need I say the project of 24/7, 365 days, ATM vote booth can be done with complete autonomy by Election Commission of India.

    In short it’s like Big Boss reality shows voting plus right to recall 24/7, 365 days.

    I say outsmart corruption.

    If politicians KNOW they will come down from power anytime, game on…all public has to do is vote.. anytime, anyplace, anywhere

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