STRUGGLES FACED BY A LOW INCOME FAMILY
Poverty is the prime factor with which all struggles and predicaments of a low income family are associated with. Defining poverty and highlighting its causes is a subject which has been going on and on for centuries; each generation assumes that it is facing more hardships than its predecessors; but one fact remains true, a low income family regardless of the period or era faces numerous difficulties and their life is full of struggles.
If you are luckily well off; you can never even come close to imagining what life for a low income family can be like. Price hikes of different commodities make their conditions worse; for you an increase of 2 Rupees on a medicine might be insignificant but for a low income family the same increase of 2 Rupees on a particular tablet that has to be taken thrice a day means a monthly loss of 180 Rupees. For that 180 Rupees the same family would have bought 5 Kg of wheat or rice and fed themselves for one week.
The so called philanthropists often cry out sitting in a ‘five star hotel’ about the plight of the poor but they practically do nothing. They would address the participants of a seminar about poverty but once the lecture is finished; they would be discussing the next ‘block buster movie’ or the latest Armani perfume with the same group of people in an air conditioned environment while the poor rot in the heat outside of the same venue. I would certainly call this ‘ironical’; not sure about you.
|Struggles faced by low income families|
A low income family faces multitude of problems starting from health care, food, housing, education and various others. For them a single penny at times is worth more than ‘Solomon mines’; but we have no idea because for us life is simply a ‘joy ride’ and we are having a blast. Imagine you have 30 bucks in your pocket and your pay day is still 15 days away; your mother gets sick and you need to take her to a hospital in India where Government hospitals are experts in ‘killing’ patients and Private hospitals are good at making a financial massacre so what are your choices? The health insurance and social security are alien terms for an Indian society so spare me the rhetorical. What will be your solution? Curse the Government; well that has been done so many times that all Governments have virtually become ‘curse proof’. There is nothing to be done except to cry out in vain and ultimately bury or burn your beloved one.
I cannot recall exactly but I believe it was King Louis XIII or XV that during the French revolution heard people protesting outside the royal palace and inquired his officials as to why the masses were protesting and was told that they need ‘bread’ to feed themselves and the King ‘graciously’ replied “Well if there is a shortage of bread tell them to eat cake”. I wonder how many of us have seriously given a thought to the hardships faced by a low income family and practically have done something concrete to help them overcome their problems. If we have failed to do anything for them than merely speaking sympathetic words won't do any good; if you ‘care’ then ‘actions’ are needed and not empty words.