Why make the middle class the whipping boy?

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  1. Naren1987

    Naren1987 Regular 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 morality” and “middle class mentality” 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?
     
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    SPIEZ Senior Member Senior Member

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    The middle class suffer because

    1) We don't vote
    2) We don't speak out, rather we can't speak out, or we are forced never to speak out
    3) We form the vast majority, but we are easily neglected
    4) We try to bridge the gap between the poor and middle-class, yet we are the antagonists
    5)We pay the taxes, yet we have no concessions (I m starting to doubt if anybody has concessions at all)
     
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    Check the latest announcement by the GoI

    Only 4 cylinders of [email protected], I remember paying only Rs.330 few months back, more than that and we have to pay Rs.750/cylinder.

    The constant increase in Petrol and Diesel prices coupled with the near absence of a good Public Transportation system, ever increasing inflation, artificial demand and over-pricing of Land by the affluent.

    Soon the congress will eradicate so called middle-class and we ll also turn poor. Hope at least than we ll get good policies.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    The Middle class is the whipping boy because the Poor are already dead and whipping would be a waste of time and the Rich are the ones to pay for the whipping to be done.

    It leaves the Middle Class who are whipped!
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    So, what is the moral of the story?

    It is PAY and PRAY!!
     
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    SPIEZ Senior Member Senior Member

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    As I said the Congress will wipe out every1 they don't want from the country, someday prob in the future people will read about middle-class in their history books
     
  8. Naren1987

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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.
     
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    Middle class plus being under general category (ie no reservations/patronage) = sad state for the people under that category.

    It's the middle class which pays taxes dutifully esp those employed in private or public sector who get TDS cut and no way to evade taxes.
     
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    Well said. To this I would add

    1. Most of us are far more aware of events and situation in general than is comfortable for these rats.

    2. Most of us are educated enough to see through their bluster and shameless rhetoric.

    3. We are a growing entity fast approaching a critical mass. No longer shackled by licence-quota-permit Raj, travel and currency controls, middle class folks are rapidly expanding to levels that threatens the hedonistic and slimy setup of those in the saddle. They are scared of the full awareness and realisation trickling down to their actual support base i.e. the poor and the lower sections of the society.

    4. Previously, air travel, foreign trips, access to global products and services etc. were a preserve of the elites or the politicians and senior babus. That is no longer the case and it rankles them no end. They miss common folk staring at them in awe just because they came back from an overseas trip. Many middle class folks travel abroad more frequently at their own expense than these leeches can do so at the expense of us taxpayers- even when they travel first class.

    5. Many of them are simply jealous, since they find themselves not as articulate, respected or suave as many middle class folks. It burns their bloated egos no end.

    6. They are wankers.
     
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    pankaj nema Senior Member Senior Member

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    In India issues are complex and inter connected and both side ie poor and middle class
    can not be totally satisfied

    The reason why the political class especially Congress is taking Anti Corruption movement
    lightly is because it is perceived as a middle class movement

    Poor resort to stone pelting and burning Govt property as has happened with Land acquisition issues

    Middle class at the most will start media campaigns or processions or PIL in Courts

    Poor can be pleased with susidies and loan waivers which is easy while middle class wants GOOD Governance which means honest and hard work ( and which is difficult for the rich )

    And of course middle class takes a holiday on polling days Because they feel that system wont change
    Poor are herded into the voting booths

    But poor can ALSO revolt as Bengal and Bihar have shown

    And in Tamil Nadu corruption did become an issue INSPITE of many freebies
     
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    Congress is taking anti-corruption movement lightly because THE CONGRESS AND ITS ALLIES ARE CORRUPT

    Middle class rarely go to courts or media! If they did go, than a whole city (trichy) would not belong to a single DMK minister Mr.Nehru( can you believe it, he has the name of one of the founding fathers of our nation, but is resorting to the cheapest of businesss)

    Tamil Nadu is one of the toughest electorates in India, nobody after MGR was able to rule for more than 2 terms continously
     

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