Must We?

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Here’s a down-to-bones homeless destitute happily sharing his morsels with a dog!

Once-in-a-decade moment captured.

But the caption that follows…spoils the meal for us.

“Replete with covet-able virtues are only those without riches!” That’s what it says.

The purpose seems to be to sound a clarion call to our latent better selves Nothing wrong with that. But the word ‘only’ was unwarranted I thought. A generalization blown away away by a mere breath.

However it is well in line with the detestable practice so prevalent in Tamizh writing – or, is it Indian at large? – to put something or someone down while extolling the virtues of something or someone else.

Is it a mere literary style for staging a drama or something deeper – an expression of a hidden streak of envy, though harmless in itself, in the psyche of a class in the society proudly distinct from the…

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