The real scum of India is not in the slum. People who are poor and live in slums or shit by the train tracks have no choice. The real scum of India have money and choices.
Last night a incident at Delhi’s Khan Market left me flabbergasted. A family with a young kid of about 5-6 years old came out of Big Chill and the kid threw a packet on food right on the street in front of Big Chill. I politely asked the father of the kid to ask his son to pick it up and throw it in the dust bin. I also told him that he should teach his son not to litter anywhere. You would expect that someone who comes and eats at India’s poshest market would understand and take this opportunity to be nice and civilized. But hell no. This is what he actually did.
He impolitely told me to pick up the garbage myself and pointed out the dustbin where I should throw it. He then told me to get lost and teach my kids instead.
I was just dumbfounded-really at my wit’s end. Normally I would have reacted to it either with tongue or with hand. Here is rich, educated family of Delhi treating a very posh market and a not so posh person like dirt. So I did what I thought was the right thing to do. Picked up the garbage and threw it in the dustbin in full sight of the family. And the thing is I don’t know what else I could have done. Nothing in my life has prepared me to deal with situations like these.
I’m really worried about the kid.
He will grow up to be exactly like his Dad or even worst. His father would have already paid his way into a top notch public school in India. At the age of 16 he will be found driving a BMW at high speed and killing people on the road or raping women fully knowing that he can get away with anything. And then for the rest of the life he will keep on behaving like his father as if he owns the country.
This is the real scum of India- people with money and connections. And no “Jhadoo” can clean this dirt from India unless we start working with kids when they are really young and start teaching them values.