To consume or not to consume—that is the question.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said more than once that the flashy lifestyles of the rich need to be tempered. He repeated his advice to the Confederation of Indian Industry recently. The old Gandhian advice that the world has enough for everyone’s need but not for everyone’s greed gets a new resonance in our times.
And now another Gandhi —the Mahatma’s grandson —has been targeted for a barbed attack for doing something practical about ostentatious consumption. West Bengal governor Gopal Gandhi has ensured that the lights are switched off at the Raj Bhavan as a mark of sympathy for the ordinary citizens of Kolkata, who face power cuts in the summer. CPM elder Jyoti Basu has slammed the act as childish.
The PM and Basu should perhaps meet one of these days to exchange notes on conspicuous consumption and voluntary restraint.