To some extent, colonists wanted to uplift the tribal people through enlightenment. Even several decades
after the dismantling of colonies, the nations which were once colonized failed to frame a new set of laws
which could replace British colony laws. Before reluctantly departing from colonized regions, the British
strategists were clever enough to make sure that the government officials in the colonized countries had no
incentive to throw out the colonial laws and introduce a new set of laws to promote local industry. History
reveals that their strategy worked quite well. The colonized regions that were stuck with old laws have never
been able to extricate themselves from intellectual impoverishment, poverty, incompetent governance, and
In many third world countries that were formerly colonies, the old bureaucratic regulations became obstacles
to industrial development. In many instances, the problem of poverty was self created. Many countries in
Africa and Asia have inherited laws the British colonists framed to covertly obstruct industrialization in the
colonized regions. Though the British have left the colonies, the nations are still holding on to the laws that
obstructed industrialization. According to a report released by the World Bank in 2007, India holds a rank
of 120 among 178 countries with respect to ease of doing business. India has overly complex procedures for
obtaining business licenses and tax registration papers. According to the World Bank report, it could take
up to 16 months to overcome bureaucratic hurdles in India. Moreover, Indian labor laws do not allow
business enterprises to close down businesses without authorization from the government. It seems as if many
Indian states have voluntarily refused to become industrialized regions. From a practical perspective, India
is still an agrarian society with socialistic ideologies.
The laws installed by the British colonial administrators created opportunities for corruption in the Indian
bureaucracy. According to snap estimates prepared by the World Bank and the United Nations, corrupt
politicians in these third world nations manage to embezzle nearly $ 40 billion every year and deposit them
in overseas banks. The World Bank and the UN estimate that nearly 1 trillion dollars of dirty money gets
circulated in the world every year. Recent history points out that $ 600 million was embezzled from the
Phillippines. About $ 500 million was embezzled from Nigeria. Though these represent tiny amounts of
money in comparison with a nation’s GDP, they eventually add up to billions of dollars in the global
In third world democracies, illiterate and ignorant people elect corrupt leaders to power. Perhaps, when given
a democratic choice between a brutal leader who is capable of orchestrating genocide and a corrupt leader,
third world citizens who abhor violence prefer a corrupt leader. In fact, citizens of third world nations admire
the treacherous craftiness of corrupt officials and look up to them as role models. This helps to keep the cycle
of corruption going in third world societies. In many African countries, nearly one quarter of a nation’s GDP
is lost in corruption. In 2006, China’s communist bureaucracy is reported to have either embezzled of
wastefully squandered nearly $ 3 billion of state funds.
British laws were primarily framed for societies where literacy was high, public awareness was high, and a
certain level of honesty was expected of the citizens. British laws were not suitable for aboriginal
civilizations in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. When British laws were installed in colonies with
aboriginal cultures, they inspired bureaucratic dishonesty.
Many of the former colonies continue following the framework of British laws that encouraged bribes and
kick backs to government administrators. Today, starting a business in a nation that was formerly a British
colony would require a string of authorizations, clearances, bribes, and kick backs. The British colonists had
originally framed repressive laws with the primary intention of preventing local capitalists from starting new
businesses and competing directly with industries in Britain. This way, the raw materials in colonized regions
could become more easily available for import into factories in Manchester and Sheffield. Furthermore, the
British colonists had intentionally framed laws that would encourage bribes and kick backs to British
government administrators. This was a system that would allow rampant corruption to stifle industrialization.
In fact, the British colonists inspired bureaucratic corruption in colonies, as it would prevent rapid
In India, the British colonists had installed laws that would discourage the import of machinery. This was
done by the colonist government to stifle local manufacturing industries in colonized territories. However,
even after decolonization, the Indian bureaucracy continued to use the old colonial laws. They continued to
prohibit the import of machinery. This prevented the Indian nation from igniting an industrial revolution.
While antiquated import regulations were strangulating the Indian industry, the Chinese government began
generously allowing the import of machinery for mass production. In fact, the Chinese were importing entire
manufacturing plants from Europe and America. With import of machinery and manufacturing plants, the
Chinese were able to set up gigantic manufacturing bases. While the visionary Chinese succeeded in building
an excellent manufacturing hub, the Indians had been left behind due to the shortsightedness of their
While India was struggling with the after effects of colonization, social lethargy, political mistrust, and
corruption, South Korea marched ahead with rapid industrialization. Lead by autocratic political leadership,
the South Koreans marched away like a military regiment on a cold winter morning. By the early eighties,
South Korea was exporting nearly $ 15 billion worth of goods. At one time in economic history, while the
Indian democracy managed a per capita income of $ 250, South Korea had managed a per capita figure of
about $ 6000. This is how the colonial heritage laws, and indiscipline swayed India away from systematic
industrialization. India, with a large number of illiterates and poor peasants, needed time to build a
disciplined democracy. She also needed to build a disciplined economy.
After independence from British colonists, national indiscipline was impeding India’s democratic social
structure and economic progress. Fundamentally, high levels of illiteracy seem to indicate that India is still
a nation with a strong tribal heritage. It is still a nation where education is not valued. In fact, no serious
attempts are being made to give most citizens a reasonable degree of primary education. Perhaps, money set
aside for primary education is embezzled by corrupt bureaucrats and politicians. Incidentally, urban Indian
society is trying to maintain a pool of impoverished illiterates in the ghettos. These illiterates are used as
cheap labor. In fact, the Indian economy seems to run on the clever exploitation of poverty. This explains
why politicians and bureaucrats are not making any serious attempts to uplift the poor. Sometimes, urban
Indian society exploits the poverty and even tries to justify the employment child labor.
In many African and Asian nations, humiliation through colonization has trickled down to individual citizens
and gradually eroded their self esteem. In fact, bureaucratic dishonesty and political dishonesty in many of
these societies is actually the sign of eroded self respect. Colonization had a deep psychological impact on
the colonized populations. The colonized people began to believe that they were the pariahs of the world.
After colonies were dismantled, political and bureaucratic dishonesty kept the economies impoverished.
In many African and Eastern cultures, bureaucratic corruption was so routinely practiced as a new tradition,
that the social genes were passed on from one generation to the next. Nations with political and bureaucratic
corruption ingrained in their social fabric will remain less prosperous and far less industrialized from
generation to generation. Eventually, as the rich nations begin outsourcing their manufacturing activities, the
third world nations are destined to become the industrial ghettos of the twenty first century.
Capitalism without an economic system supporting credit would be a sure recipe for failure. This important
aspect was never conveyed to the people of Asia. Many nations in Asia qualify for membership into the third
world primarily because the economic advisers to the government failed to emphasize the role of credit in
building a capitalistic economy. Banks and financial institutions must be empowered by the government to
make venture funds available to entrepreneurs. In developing economies, the government must be willing
to share risks with the entrepreneurs. Many nations in Africa and Asia remain poor because their
governments and their banks have neither devised adequate systems of credit and venture capital nor shown
a willingness to take financial risks in a dynamic society. In contrast, the wealthy class in Western societies
are willing to take financial risks provided there is a fair chance of success.
Citizens in Switzerland were able to achieve a high standard of living because the nation did not have an
aristocratic class to exploit the less fortunate aboriginals. They became mavericks at precision engineering
and watch making. While 20 percent of the world’s population live in industrial countries, roughly 50 percent
live in low income nations. Once the citizens of a nation are given a good education, their expectations will
rise. Educated people will demand better paying jobs. Therefore, in many third world countries, primary
education receives low priority. Education cannot receive a high priority until the public administers have
the national resources to meet the higher expectations of a newly created educated class.
Immanuel Wallerstein explains that prosperity or poverty is caused fundamentally by the global economic
constitution. Many poor countries are driven to supporting richer nations by offering cheap labor. Later, they
are also forced to consume industrial products produced by rich nations. Immanuel Wallerstein further
explains that the world economy framework locks poor nations permanently in a state of poverty. For
instance, small nations that produce cocoa beans are not allowed to manufacture chocolates for export.
Instead, the poor nations are coerced to sell the beans to rich nations engaged in producing chocolates for
the international market. As profit margins are low on beans, the poor nations are locked permanently in
While colonization and corruption had stalled many economies by placing obstacles to industrialization,
consumerism has stimulated. Western economies. In many third world cultures, educational systems have
failed to ignite sufficient passion for science, technology, literature, or art. In some Asian cultures, work is
for survival. In some other Asian cultures, work is for self-fulfilment. Historically, cultures in Africa, South
East Asia, and Middle East were more passionately involved in spirituality, religion, and native traditions.
As these economies operate within an agricultural backdrop, they are yet to develop an appetite for
mechanization and mechanical invention.
In countries like India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Bhutan, most urban citizens show no interest in politics.
Many of the senior policy makers and politicians hail from the rustic countryside. In many third world
countries in Asia and Africa, it is the economy of the countryside that needs to be vitalized. Therefore, in an
Asian democracy, it would be appropriate to have rustic political leaders who can forthrightly represent the
people from the countryside. Some rustic politicians with a countryside upbringing strongly oppose
industrialization that does not bring significant benefits the Asian countryside economy. Therefore,
industrialization in some Asian cultures could be very slow.
It is necessary for a national economy to be industrialized uniformly. Urban and rustic Asians, as a collective
whole, need to decide whether they should adhere to agrarian ethos or boldly tackle issues relating to
industrialization. Otherwise, some parts of the state become prosperous with rapid industrialization, while
other parts that wish to obstruct industrialization remain locked in spiritualism and poverty. A greater
economic divide between the people will be created. When this happens, Marxist or Maoist groups come into
existence. In fact, Maoist communist groups have come into formation in many Asian nations.
From a poor agricultural economy, India is trying to leapfrog into a high technology computer software
economy. She is trying to avoid going through the intermediary phase of conventional low technology
industrialization. This is one of the biggest blunders in nation building. High technology industries in India
generally employ college graduates with an academic background in science and engineering. The software
companies cannot provide employment to less literate citizens who form the bulk of India’s impoverished
population. On the other hand, low technology and light engineering industries can employ a less qualified
workforce on assembly lines. The policy makers and bureaucrats do not seem to have the right balance of
imagination and drive to evolve a feasible plan for India.
Countries such as India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka failed to industrialize uniformly because the bureaucracy
did not evolve a feasible blue print for industrialization. Moreover, the Indian and Pakistani bureaucracy
enforced the legal system and regulations once conceived by colonists to obstruct local industry. All over
the world, factory workers from colonized nations have failed to take pride in their work. Also, bureaucracies
in nations that were former colonies have no pride in the work they do. The government machinery is too
lethargic to change the archaic laws.
Perhaps, some Asian countries have made a judicious choice in accepting authoritarian governments. In these
nations, the citizens have realized that for the sake of the nation's economic development and eradication of
poverty, some amount of freedom has to be sacrificed. In nations such as China, South Korea, Taiwan, and
Singapore, authoritarian governments have done quite well. Nations like South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and
Singapore have been able to take lessons from the Japanese. They have been able to energize their
bureaucracies and create hope for the citizens. They have been able to produce goods that meet international
With high levels of illiteracy, India has been unable to develop a scheme tailor made for an agrarian economy
and rustic culture. The urban citizenry in India seem to ignore the hard fact that almost 75 percent of India’s
population is dependent on 25 percent of the GDP derived from disorganized agricultural activities.
Furthermore, with a great deal of naivety, urban India seems to believe that the Indian nation is poised to
become a major world power in the near future. The assessment is narrowly based on the perceptions of
economic progress made in Indian cities. Unless urban India recognizes the economic problems of rustic
India, the Indian economy cannot be democratically steered in the right direction.
In a dictatorship environment, most citizens are willing to keep quiet and enjoy the orderliness a dictator can
provide. In fact, ordinary citizens with no political grievances do quite well for themselves under a powerful
dictator. In these countries, a tiny minuscule of rebelling population who shout from rooftops for democracy
end up in prison. When this happens, the Western print and electronic media use the opportunity to highlight
the issue of denial of freedom of speech. When India was a British colony, it had a fairly authoritarian
government. After India became independent in 1947, it chose not to have authoritarian governments. During
the fifty years following the Indian independence, when democratic freedom was given to the people of
India, meddlesome political institutions began to evolve. These factions would try to obstruct economic
Political leaders in third world nations seem to engage in disruptive politics. Sometimes, political leaders in
Asia, Africa, and South America even instigate riots and encourage the destruction of national property and
assets. They bring indiscipline into the democracy. Many political parties in India frequently organize strikes
and protest marches to disrupt civilian life. Political parties and political leaders in Africa and Asia engage
in meddling that interferes with the building of a nation. These meddlers actually misuse the freedom of a
modern democracy. The local political entities attempt to constantly fight with elected officials and engage
in tactics to topple elected governments. They also create an atmosphere of mistrust, commotion, and chaos.
The Chinese retained authoritarian systems because they intuitively knew that disruptive politics was a major
trend in third world democracies. Quite often, political meddlers do not allow elected governments to
function to their full potential. Perhaps, countries with large masses of impoverished and illiterate people
need strict policing by authoritarian governments. During the early stages of economic development, they
would be better off with authoritarian governments. Otherwise, the nation may become a breeding ground
for meddlers whose primary objective is to disrupt the economic development agendas of the elected
government. In African nations, political leaders block essential food supplies to starve to death the opposing
The British colonists had cleverly installed a corrupt system of governance, where the British politicians
could control the police force of the colonized nations. We notice that even after half a century of
independence from the British Empire, the scheme of governing has not changed in the colonized territories.
For instance, the police force in many Asian nations continue to be controlled by powerful political forces.
Politicians, bureaucrats, and law enforcement officials form corrupt alliances and make a mockery of
democratic principles. This clearly suggests that a major flaw exists in the structure of management of law
and order. A nation might have an excellent legal system in terms of her judiciary, but a policing force
controlled by politicians or wealthy capitalists could weaken law enforcement.
It is very difficult for a culture to simultaneously have passions for spirituality, science, religion, and
industrial mechanics. In the twentieth century, countries like China were at crossroads with this type of
divergence. In Europe, the purpose of religion was to persuade people to accept their fate as the will of God.
This way, the governments and the ruling capitalists could not be held responsible for their suffering,
poverty, adversity, and social insecurity. When communism began to take shape in China, the cultural
passions for spirituality, ancient traditions, and religious sentiments began to be subdued with an iron hand.
Then, the passions were channeled into mechanization and industrial science. This began paving the way for
rapid industrialization in the Chinese provinces. The Chinese military came into Tibet to suppress the
Buddhist spirituality movement and move the nation towards money making industrialization. In countries
such as South Korea and Singapore, authoritarian governments came into power and began containing
spirituality, religion, and individual freedom. In Singapore, citizens found chewing gum were fined. Those
who forgot to flush toilets in Singapore were given harsher punishment.
In third world nations, when land is required for urban expansion, the poor peasants living on farmland close
to the cities are evicted and displaced. When the peasants protest peacefully, the political leaders ignore the
protest. Then, when the peasants decide to organize an uprising and engage in rioting, the police use
excessive force to quell the situation. Police brutality infuriates the rioters further, and entire towns are
vandalized. Incidentally, in many Asian nations, political masterminds organize rioting.
It is also believed that India’s economic growth is being hampered due to land disputes. It is estimated that
about 90 percent of land area in India is entangled in ownership disputes. People do not have clear titles to
the land they claim to own. Many government projects are held up as land without clear titles is not easily
transferable. Many infrastructure projects in India do not get completed because of lack of coordination
among the government agencies.
When an attempt is made to industrialize gradually, small islands of urban prosperity are created on oceans
of poverty. A dangerous economic divide begins to take shape. In fact, large disparities between the rich and
poor are created. In India, funds allotted by the Federal government are not being used effectively for
development in the countryside. Bureaucratic lethargy in India has slowed down development in the
countryside. This could unleash Marxist and Maoist forces. In many Asian countries, small groups of
communists have attacked urban prosperity. History shows that this has happened in Peru, Nepal, Cambodia,
Vietnam, and India. It is estimated that 30 percent of the Indian nation is under the social control of
Communism is Peru was lead by Professor Guzman. Communism in Cambodia was lead by Saloth Sar, a
revered teacher, who came to be known as Pol Pot. In Cambodia, the charismatic school teacher managed
to ignite an underground political movement. It was only in 1977 that the school teacher identified himself
as a communist leader. Until then, he appeared to be a supernatural being. To his close aides and
acquaintances, he came to be known as Pol Pot. As he desired to turn Cambodia into an agricultural nation,
he began attacking urban development. Factories were burnt down. In 1975, his Khmer Rouge militia drove
away citizens from the city of Pnom Penh into the countryside. Intellectuals and monks were hunted down,
killed, and buried in mass graves. Citizens were made to flee to the countryside and work in labor camps.
Urban centers in many third world nations are endangered by communist uprisings. The poor peasant classes
rightly feel that urban citizens and corrupt bureaucracy demonstrate insufficient compassion for the
economically deprived sections of society. Moreover, in many nations that were European colonies, urban
citizens, politicians, and bureaucrats have set lower ethical standards for themselves. Many citizens holding
public office have set low ethical standards in an attempt to cope with poverty in their immediate life. When
third world nations become prosperous, and most citizens holding public office are able to attain a
comfortable level of economic security, corruption and dishonesty will dramatically decline. Incidentally,
we can evolve a hypothesis that the extent of corruption in third world nations gives a fairly accurate estimate
of the economic health of the nation. In some ways, there is less corruption in Western nations primarily
because they are more prosperous.
An extremely interesting observation is that many Asian civilization claim to be in a position to teach better
moral values to Western civilizations. Many Asian civilizations repeatedly declare that the Western world
has low moral values. For instance, Asian civilizations perceive consumption of alcoholic beverages as
seriously immoral, but fail to see elements of serious immorality in political dishonesty or bureaucratic
corruption. Strangely, in some Asian and Middle Eastern cultures, drinking beer or wearing tight fitting
denim jeans would be considered a greater sin than political dishonesty or embezzlement.
The well educated urban class in third world nations seem to be indifferent to the problems of poverty,
malnutrition, sanitation, poor literacy, corruption, and health care facing the poorer classes in the
countryside. The better educated urban citizens are leading insular lives while trying to build lucrative
businesses for themselves, and raising their families in an environment of affluence. Citizens living within
islands of urban prosperity seem to be completely oblivious to the fact that they are unable to help their
governments extricate the masses from life threatening poverty. Therefore, third world regions have all the
social ingredients for communist uprisings.
Many poor nations have the ingredients for breeding subversive groups. Subversives, communists and
terrorists have similar functional ideologies, just as dogs and wolves have similar territorial ideologies. One
seems to be a distant cousin of the other. Both groups have a dislike for Western capitalism where money
power and political clout control crucial policies that govern poor citizens kept out of the prosperity loop.
Incidentally, we observe that terrorism became more extreme and more flagrant when Soviet communism
In recent years, violent rioting has taken place in many cities in Asia and Africa. The primary cause for
rioting is actually the economic and literary disparity between the rich and poor. At the slightest pretext,
mobs of under-employed youth, backed by meddlesome political factions, try to embarrass the government
in power. The under-employed youth take part in violent rioting and vandalism. Many illiterate people in
South East Asia do not have a means of livelihood other than scant farming. The poverty line fixed by the
government machinery does not provide for the basics of healthy living or primary education. In the larger
Asian and African cities, the local slum inhabitants make up the labor force required by businesses and
In third world nations, automation in the garment industry and the food industry has been responsible for job
losses in epic proportions. This is why Mohandas Gandhi disapproved of industrial automation in India.
Clothing is a fundamental requirement for survival. The clothing industry had the potential to employ a vast
army of people as tailors or garment workers. However, automation through machinery owned by affluent
capitalists robbed the jobs from the common people. Similarly, automation in agriculture and food production
has robbed jobs from people in industrialized countries. The European and American supermarkets are
stocked with packaged food products produced through automation in the food industry.
In the Asian region, Japan is an economic superpower. Japan could have made attempts to foster deeper
alliances with the neighboring countries and assist in establishing fair trade practices. Instead, Japanese
businesses aligned with American capitalists. After assimilating American capitalistic values driving ruthless
competition, Japanese businessmen began slowly destroying their own society. Japanese employers may take
pride in the hard work of the Japanese employees. But, they cannot possibly take pride in having created a
new society where suicide rates are high, and social alcoholism is rampant. In Japan, addiction to work and
dependence on alcohol trouble every part of adult society.
Many Japanese companies have recognized the problem of alcoholism. These companies are now trying to
persuade their employees to stop work and take long liquor-free vacations. Having observed Japan’s problem,
the other South East Asian nations are now trying to find a good balance between economic health and public
health. What the Japanese need now is a good education in the liberal arts. They must be taught world
history, political science, philosophy, art, music, and literature. They must be persuaded to carve out a life
away from electronics and automotive engineering.
Many nations in Africa, Asia and the Middle East have education systems that are not suitable for building
prosperous industrial economies. They are more suited for building prosperous agrarian economies. For
instance, schools and colleges produce graduates with an overwhelming theoretical slant, and very little
business acumen. Young citizens with such an education are incapable of creative practical insight that could
result in new inventions, industrial products, or businesses. Political regimes in Asia want money invested
in new ventures that can generate employment opportunities for the underprivileged. Therefore, profit is not
the only issue for a CEO in the Asian culture. However, many business schools in third world nations in Asia
have adapted the American education system. Using American textbooks, they have molded business school
graduates with American business ideologies and corporate values of imperialistic conduct.
As India is a poor country, the Indian government does have the financial resources for effectively preserving
wild life. The forest rangers are unable to protect wild animals from poachers. In India, the tigers and lions
have become endangered species. These species are probably nearing extinction. Fortunately, there is a
simple solution to the problem. To preserve the Indian species, the endangered animals can be moved to other
tropical countries where effective wild life protection is available. This is a fairly simple way of preserving
Indian wild life on this planet. However, relocation of the endangered species is an option that has not been
explored enthusiastically by the government machinery.
When animals in the African plains are unable to find adequate supplies of food, they decide to stop
producing offspring. However, modern human species in African, Asian, and South American regions have
gradually lost this element of animal intuition. This clearly shows that social customs in many nations in Asia
and Africa are interfering with animal intuition. The citizens are made to over-ride their basic animal
instincts or intuitive sense and procreate, though there is not enough food and water to adequately nourish
the progeny. When visionary political leaders in third world nations express fears of rising populations, and
suggest stringent birth-control programs, they are quickly voted out of power by the illiterate masses. For
instance, peasants in the Shabei region in southwest China protested violently when state authorities tried
to introduce stringent family planning policies in the villages. Under the Chinese policy, couples with more
than one child were to be fined.
Infertile regions in Africa cannot support adequate food cultivation for the local populations. Often, it is
expected of the Western nations to come to the rescue of malnourished villagers. Western nations are
expected to donate aid packages and food to feed starving children. However, as politicians and bureaucrats
in Western nations are canny enough to know that the current problems of malnourishment in third world
regions are often self created due to high populations, aid packages are not easily forthcoming. Even the
spread of AIDS in many third world countries is self created. But it would be considered politically incorrect,
and in bad taste, for UN officials to confront the truth. Moreover, American and European politicians do not
have much respect for the United Nations. They see the United Nations as club of developing nations.
Nearly 80 percent of the UN member nations are countries with malnourished people, unstable economies,
dissolute political leadership, and corrupt bureaucrats who walk around with begging bowls. Therefore, food
and aid is generally delivered to enlisted nations after a long waiting period. By the time food packages are
loaded off the planes, thousands of starving children would have perished. Meanwhile, rock stars and
musicians are busy organizing Live Aid concerts to draw the attention of the world public to the situation.
Besides, many countries of the G-7 club of nations had at one time in history colonized large parts of Africa
and plundered the local economies. Therefore, it may not be entirely right for the G-7 politicians to stay away
from the catastrophic economic problem.
Thomas Robert Malthus, an English economist, believed that the production of food could never increase
as rapidly as the population. Applying this English theory in practice meant that unless the population was
kept under check, or food was imported from Western nations, famine and disease would kill the people
living in the African and Asian regions. However, Robert Malthus had not foreseen the potentiality of genetic
science to evolve high yield varieties of agricultural products. Incidentally, conflicts for scare resources due
to import restrictions would result in tribal warfare and loss of lives. Colonialism left vast regions of Africa
and Asia without a critical mass of population that was adequately educated to be able to install modern
systems of democracy, economy, and health care. Historically, colonialism denied education to the poorer
citizens of Africa and Asia. All over Africa, tribal populations have been clobbering each other to death
while fighting for scarce resources.
Though India produces food grains in sufficient quantity to feed the entire nation, the unemployed citizens
and village peasants do not have the financial means to purchase food. While poor people in India continue
to remain malnourished, excess food grains and vegetables stored in warehouses are allowed to decompose.
Indian experts in economics, administration, governance, and agricultural management have been unable to
come up with a solution to this problem. In India, about $ 2.5 million worth of food grains consigned for the
poor peasants are stolen from the distribution system every year. In third world countries politicians,
bureaucrats and gangsters carry out organized looting. Because of the involvement of politicians and senior
bureaucrats, these crimes go unpunished. Indian administrators could have evolved a Food Coupon scheme
for unemployed citizens. This could have been similar to the food stamps given out in America.
In some traditional cultures of Asia and Africa, a child is perceived as a financial asset that will be a money
earner and bread winner in the future. A child is like an insurance policy. Apart from this, the indigenous
Asian and African cultures also emphasize the importance of leaving genealogical footprints. This explains
why many of the indigenous cultures of Asia have stimulated absurdly high population growth levels. Due
to cultural factors, the people of Asia and Africa are possessed by the idea of raising large families.
Incidentally, during the early half of the twentieth century, even Americans were obsessed with the idea of
having large families. Soon, the Detroit automakers figured out that large American families would need
large cars. This is the reason the automobile industry in Detroit began producing large cars. Fortunately, the
American nation had been blessed with the economic resources to be able to support large families. After
capturing land from the Mexicans, southern America came in possession of large tracts of land with
extremely fertile soil. As the starving Mexicans across the border looked on, American farmers could grow
an enormous amount food grains and fruit.
In many Asian and African cultures, raising a family is more important than establishing an economic
security for oneself. Incidentally, in many tribal cultures, children under the age of 18 years are forced into
marriage by society. Decisions about raising a large family are made without any reference to economic
predicaments. Fortunately, the new governments have declared child marriage as illegal. The social honor
attached to procreation has lead to the creation of over populous societies. Malnutrition, poverty, and high
unemployment levels also plague such societies. People in many poverty ridden nations continue to produce
offspring who are then destined to starve, stay malnourished, and remain illiterate.
In many Asian countries, a modern form of exploitation and slavery exists These societies have created a low
paid class of workers best described as Servants, Houseworkers, or Maids. Essentially, the middle classes
and upper classes in these nations try to keep the servant class locked in grinding poverty. This is very
similar to slavery that existed in the Western hemisphere, and is a practice that ensures the availability of
cheap labor. Therefore, a significant part of the poverty is due to social attitudes in the cultural fabric. While
the Asian governments are trying hard to extricate humanity from poverty, the upper classes are trying to
inflict poverty and make it more widespread. What is even more troubling is that even eminent economists
have been repeatedly missing this point. Economists are unable to correctly explain Asian poverty. Perhaps,
in addition to an economist, you need a sociologist to correctly explain Asian poverty. Economists must take
notice of the fact that unless slavery, child labor, and servantism are abolished from the face of the earth,
grinding poverty cannot be eradicated