My friend Farzad had this quote on his g-chat the other day, as I sat in the back of an air-conditioned taxi from the gleaming Hyderabad airport to my beautiful, spacious apartment:
“India is not really about ‘Slumdog Millionaire.’ It’s about slumdogs versus millionaires”
Punch in the gut – it’s true, and it’s way more in your face here than it is in, say, New York. Just part of life here, as many have said. (I.e., I’m not the first to make the observation.)
Here’s the full context: P. Sainath, an Indian journalist who often writes about India’s growing economic divide, said he was not surprised by the government’s actions. “All this captures the elite of India very well,” he said, referring to the government’s proud recitations of its booming economic growth and increasing consumer culture. “India is not really about ‘Slumdog Millionaire.’ It’s about slumdogs versus millionaires, and that’s what you’re seeing in Delhi now.”
Not much more to add for the time being, but I am thinking about it and will keep coming back to this in the coming weeks.