About 70% of India lives in slums or comparable poverty conditions, just like in the movie. About 15% of India is in the growing IT sector which lives upper middle class, having an indoor bathroom, kitchen, motorcycle or car, and has â€˜extraâ€™ for movies or other â€˜niceâ€™ things. Then there is the upper caste, which is about 15% of the most incredibly rich people Iâ€™ve ever seen. They are the richest layer of society I could imagine, and did not know they existed here until I came.
This part of society, the upper caste, owns and controls almost everything. They are soooooo far removed from the â€˜normal Indiaâ€™ â€“ like day and night â€“ like up and down. And overall, the ones below them are considered to be there for their benefit, to serve them. Other than that, there is very little concern for the â€˜lower massesâ€™.
at 7:48 PM on Feb. 28, 2009