The struggle and Predicament of a low income family
The word ‘helpless’ may be familiar to you but have you ever actually ‘felt’ helpless on a daily basis? A low income family is not stranger to that ‘feeling’ for it encounters it almost every single hour of their existence. In my country India; almost 30 percent of the population is plagued by ‘low incomes’ and no matter how hard they strive to make ends meet; they never meet.
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It is easy for us to sit and write or talk about the struggles and difficulties faced by a low income family but going through what they go through and experiencing the same hardships is something very few can withstand. The first and foremost need of the human race is the need to feed; a low income family is never sure about its next meal. Normally in such a family there is only bread earner and a dozen hungry mouths to feed. Children of such families suffer from malnutrition. This is of course not true for all low income families; there are some who face all the struggles and predicaments with dignity and do not complain.
They would skip a meal and compromise on different issues but will not fall below a certain line but at times the lines get blurred. Have you ever wondered why in my country and majority of South East Asian nations there is no much illiteracy, poor health care, malnutrition, beggary and exorbitant crime rates? What do you believe leads to all this; low levels of income that cannot ensure that needs of a family are met eventually become the cornerstone of all these dreaded processes. There are many who raise huge hues and cries over all these ‘evils’ but do nothing to root out the cause of all this.
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There is an old idiom associated to Aesop perhaps; Heaven aids those who help themselves. To an extent this is also applicable to some low income families; I have seen some families who are not willing to go an extra mile to get some remedy for their plight. They are content with living on the street or sleeping in a broken hut and scourging through the garbage of others despite the fact that they may be able to work day and night to improve their conditions. This however is not as easy as it sounds; in India opportunities are limited and the one of the world’s largest slums is in Mumbai which is ironically visible from ‘Ambani’s’ (Reliance owners) huge multi billion Rupees house.
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Lack of education was often cited as a reason for families generating low income but this also is not true. In India the lower middle class or low income families happen to be well educated as well but still nothing changed for them. This led to the next generation abandoning the values of their elders and willing to switch to beggary or criminal activities for they have seen that education did not change anything for them.
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So who is at fault? Who is to blame? The society or the Government or both; some people from low income groups did struggle hard enough to change their conditions but received no support from the Government or the community in general. Occasional ‘bubbles’ of charity are not enough to remedy the situation; understanding the struggles faced by a low income family and putting forward practical solutions are required.