Remember the Poor and the Needy

Remember the Poor and the Needy
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The skewed distribution of income and wealth ( even though not very bad in relative terms) means that our society is stratified economically. If an analogy might be drawn, our socio economic structure resembles a pyramid with wealth concentrated in the miniscule portion at the top of the pyramid, followed by the middle classes, with the poorer(relatively) sections of society forming the base. Ideally, there should have been a trickledown effect to the poor and the needy classes but economic distortions along with other factors preclude this from happening. The delineation of the economic structures of Kashmir assumes salience against the back drop of Eid al Adha, which should ideally be defined by a sense of proportion, sobriety and sacrifice. But, the consuming classes of Kashmir, that is, those who have disposable income to spare appear to have gone on a spending splurge. This is evident from the shopping spree that is observable in major city centers and business districts of Kashmir. All this is not to imply total and complete austerity but a sense of proportion and sobriety in terms of celebrating Eid al Adha. This auspicious occasion is and should be for everyone. It is , therefore, incumbent upon the well off classes to ensure that the deprived classes of Kashmir do not feel left out. Before going on spending splurges and consumption binges, the wealthier people of Kashmir must remind themselves of and remember the vulnerable, needy and deprived people of our society. This must be followed by helping these people, either in cash or kind, to make their Eid, to the extent possible, at par with the rest of society. This holds a special resonance of the children of the deprived classes. Children are children: they compare, and have wants that might go beyond the means of their parents and families. It would not pinch much if the well to do classes, scour their mohallas and localities, and , in the least buy new sets of clothes for the deserving poor. In this way, the vulnerable segments of our society would feel happier and Eid for them would also be defined by plenitude. These acts of commission would also render the wealthier classes more content. In the final analysis, to repeat, Eid is for everyone. All of us, to the extent we can, especially the well off classes of Kashmir must ensure that everyone in our society is made to feel happier and part of the Eid festivities and celebrations.

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