Systems Promoting Inequality?

Today, being Ambedkar Jayanti, is an opportune time to reflect on the questions of equality and inequality. Two major dimensions of equality are economical and class/caste based. Other forms based on religions or other means do exist. I feel many of our systems (definitely not all) are promoters (explicit/implicit) of inequality. The major proof for this would be growing economic inequality in many of the major economies (India, China and US being good examples). We may not be able to produce such a statistics for class/caste based inequality, whether it is increasing or decreasing. Some of my surface-level observations (not scholarly) are

Definitely the privileged (not all) doesn’t want to share the privileges with the present no-privileged. They could create stories, symbols and myths to perpetuate their privileges. Thus we require systemic changes, changes in the mindsets of people — both are difficult to achieve, but without which equality remains a dream even in the lifetime of youngsters and children of today.

A Jesuit interested to think and write; Loves philosophy, spirituality, politics…. Believes in God & well-being of all humans… Open to difference & newness..

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