Monday, September 1, 2008

"A Hatred for Those Who Are Happy"

Chandra Bhan Prasad, a former pistol-toting Maoist revolutionary who once urged his fellow untouchables to murder members of India's upper caste in the name of social justice, admits he was wrong. Now he understands that it is not violence that allows poor people to "escape hunger and humiliation."

Neither is it government welfare, nor a return to nature, nor affirmative action. It is India's economic liberalization that will "neutralize" the caste system and liberate the poor. In a word, it is capitalism. Prasad says those who oppose capitalism in India, “have a hatred for those who are happy.”

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