I will never understand why the hell people cant mind their own business? And I never expected such crap from someone like Ratan Tata (RT). As we all know that he has recently commented upon Mukesh Ambani in his interview. RT has said that he cant fathom how can Ambani live in a multi-million $ house while so many poor people live in slums and on roads.
Big crap. This is what socialism does. A person isnot judged on his ability to create wealth by using his brain and business skills but on how he “gives back” to the society. Those who have read Ayn Rand will understand how socialism actually ends up making people poorer. Erstwhile USSR and our own country (pre-1991) is a testimony to this fact. But that’s not the topic here (I wrote on ‘Socialism’ earlier on my blog- (http://www.whatthefckisgoinon.in/2010/05/socialism-sure-shot-way-to-poverty.html). The topic is Ratan Tata’s comments.
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Frankly, I don’t think someone like RT - who ‘overlooked’ the fact that Narendra Modi is often blamed for genocide of Muslims and established his Nano plant near Ahmedabad – should ask others to be holier than thou. Moreover, Ambani is free to spend his money the way he chooses to. He may build a multi-million $ house for himself or donate all of his money for charity – but that should be HIS choice; not society’s. To judge him on society’s moral codes is plain illogical and a big BS.
Its often said that poor people are kept poor because they are nothing more than votebanks for our “socialist” leaders. This reflects in our statistics:
- · India has one of the largest no. of poor people in the world
- · On some parameters, we are worse than some of the poorest African countries
- · Millions die hungry while so much grain rots for lack of storage space
- · Govts show no inclination towards increasing literacy rate etc
We all are seeing what happened in Singur when a communist govt. tried to acquire land forcibly w/o adequate compensation. Same thing is happening in UP nowadays.
Its not because of capitalism that people are exploited. Its because of the opposite. If some industrialist does ‘oppress’ workers (rarely nowadays), its his fault, not the system’s ; just as when terrorists strike, we don’t blame the whole religion(s).
I have often observed that most poor people aren’t really envious of or critical of rich ones. Its only those who think that its others’ duty to provide for them, to feed them. A prime example? Quota system. Instead of making an effort to genuinely uplift the oppressed people, govt doles out these quotas and further divides an already divided society. Moreover, its the "creamy layer" -the well-off people - who take advantage of these quotas and not the really deserving ones.
I disagree completely with Mr RT. In a logical society, everyone is free to live his life - his way. Only when there is no silly moral obligation to "give back to the society", people will indulge in these causes WILLINGLY. An example is UNICEF. They never ask people to donate out of "duty". They ask people to visit their website and give if they like. Not only that, they give you a full report on how your money was spent. Thats why I like and give to UNICEF. But I am totally against comments by Mr RT which are rooted in socialistic beliefs. Ambani's companies generate so much employment and wealth for millions. Hes already fulfilling his 'moral obligation'. To castigate him for that - is plain BS.