India's gated communities have a very big role in compassionI just gave the watchman in the gated community at Velacheri, Chennai, a couple of fruits and a little money. He could easily be 65 plus. Chennai is home to thousands of such good gated communities where the standard of living is quite high; life is as bad as what it normally is in a metro like New Delhi or Mumbai with neighbours not even knowing the names of people who live in houses on the same floor.
Be that as it may, human compassion seems to be zero. The watchman was literally in tears. He said that I was the only soul who gave him something at all. The Pongal festival is celebrated over 5 days and there will be special dishes prepared in each of the 80 odd houses; can't people give the poor old men (three of them manning five differerent gates) or to the hundreds working as guest workers in the numerous construction projects and staying on to live miserable lives on the pavements, very nearby, something to eat? Does it require a big moral revolution to do this?