Subsidies as cost of peace, in the wider societyIn a hugely capitalistic society such as ours, we do find subsidies in some form or the other. Modi was very right in asking the rich and those who could afford it, to give up asking them to surrender their rights to the subsidized gas cylinder.
However, the same cannot be said of other subsidies. All philosophies, all temples and churches and mosques, would never address one fundamental thing -- human hunger. When this hunger reaches monumental proportions, we have the communist movements, aiming at good and more just re-distribution of wealth.
Remember, for a very hungry person, food is God. Even God does not appeal to him or her.
Economists who have produced the best research papers on how this occurs, are very rich. They have mansions in their name!!!
Yet, we frown on what can be termed common sense. At least in Tamil Nadu, which is relatively a far better place to live in, I view subsidies as cost of peace. In a State where only the service sector offers huge employment opportunities, subsidies offer the only solace for entrepreneurship.
In every single small town, in every single small village, you can see the mobile shops. They sell the famous iddli, for rupees one even today. Guess what, and how is this possible?
Just quiz them, and they will sometimes tell you that the rice comes from the rations that each family is entitled to. The poor, the very poor, eat in such places. The palm oil is heated repeatedly, and the vada is just three rupees. You and I will make our doctors rich the next day.
However, nothing happens to the poor. There are guys who gobble up even seven vadas at the same time. Another beauty -- in some families, where some earning member is doing well, the twenty kilogram of rice or wheat is sold at just five rupees per kilogram to those poor souls from UP or Bihar, who have now made some village or small town, their place of work.
Yes, peace comes at some cost. It should, for ever. Those economists who question this practice of giving subsidies, do not question the huge corporate organizations that want subsidies in every possible form.
Modi can gift the Tata group, subsidies to the tune of Rs.31,000 crores to start the ambitious Nano car project. ( does the one lakh car still exist?).
If this is justified, so are the rations for the poor. We need the economists to keep off. We need peace in our society. Let us think of subsidies as cost of peace. Peace in the society.
Let not a single brother or sister, who is poor, go without food. Yes,the economy for the poor, by the poor, and of the poor, is alive only because of the ration shops. The sooner we understand this, the better.