With reference to #570670, I do agree with you Jagdish that India is still poor and a lot many people, poor or otherwise, still expect their sons to support them in their old age. But what Mohan stated was on his own context. He meant himself and not anyone else. Actually Jagdish, it's got nothing to do with poverty or wealth. Even the poor have self-respect. It's more to do with the times. In the earlier times, even the well to do expected their sons (sons only) to take care of them. And the sons, duty bound, used to take care of their parents. But with times, parents these days have become more caring for their progeny. They work very hard, spend sleepless nights, wait outside the examination halls for hours and hours together and take the trouble to provide the best for their children. How many parents used to take so much of trouble for their children in the earlier times? None, it was simply not possible and was not required at all. There weren't any cut-throat competition then, as it is these days. In those times parents hardly indulged their sons and daughters, but expected the sons to take care of the parents during old age. And it was necessary too, people didn't have savings or medical care to take care of them, once they were no more earning. The children used to grow of their own among other children of the joint family. Things are totally different now. Parents take a deep interest in every activity of their children, take pains for their studies, exams, colleges, till the time they get a good job. In that respect, today's parents sacrifice a lot for their sons and daughters without expecting much in return. Moreover, these days parents are aware of the shortcomings of old age and hence are well prepared to take care of themselves.
Unfortunately the same cannot be said of today's children, (of whom we too are a part). The fast changing world is taking us sons and daughters away from our parents and we are unable to pay them back, for what they have suffered in bringing us up. Is it that, every action has an equal and opposite reaction? Yesteryear parents indulged less, but the sons were very caring. These days parents sacrifice a lot, but we, the sons and daughters hardly reciprocate.
Patience and perseverance pays