Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Why folks in India don't care about poverty...
India Outsourcing has managed to turn the masses of employees from Wipro, TCS, Infosys, Cognizant and others into selfish self-centered Americans who are comfortable driving to and from work, focusing on materialism while ignoring the masses who are poor along the way.
Sadly, one and only one individual has chosen to step up while the folks who are of Indian descent within the blogosphere have chosen to exercise their right to remain silent. I commend George Alexander and the comment he left below:
- Let me assist you in doing a little bit so that even if poverty doesn't become history, we can still do our part like Mother Teresa did. Right now I'm in out of station on a project assignment and will be here for quite sometime so I can't join you in Bangalore unfortunately but I'll join you in spirit because I usually do things a little different though the purposes are almost same. You're an altruistic for sure. Take a little time out while you're in Bangalore and deliver those grocery bags (and don't stop with ten, it'll cost you peanuts if you take the purchasing power you have in India) to the following places which I know pretty well:
1. New Life Children's home (200 kids)
2. Accept (takes care of AIDS patients and their kids)
3. Lisa's home (takes care of special children who are orphans).
If you're interested, I could give you the contact addresses of these places so you can go visit them at the least. They're right in the city so it won't be hard to take a rickshaw and visit these places by take a short time out from your hotel room. Sometimes the biggest way to amplify a cause is by practicing it myself and cutting down on the preaching. Being only human, most of the time, I might tend to end up looking more like a big hypocrite. We can all do our part in small different ways just like you suggested.
For the record, I will make it a point to support the first and third charities but must pass on the second. Being a believer that there is one God to whom all praise is due, I acknowledge that there is absolutely zero point zero ways to catch AIDS if you follow his commandments. As for the other charities, I will move past my commitment of ten bags per location and double it since you made the effort.
Now only if I could get others to help make poverty history...