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Romanticisation of poverty displays lack of compassion towards weaker sections and in the long run, harms the poor instead of helping them. Discuss.

Topic:  Tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections.

6. Romanticisation of poverty displays lack of compassion towards weaker sections and in the long run, harms the poor instead of helping them. Discuss. (150 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4 and part of ‘Abstract Thursdays’ in Mission-2022 Secure.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about how romanticisation of poverty by media and in real life is ineffective as well as shows lack of empathy towards the poor.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You must give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Begin by describing romanticisation of poverty.

Body:

In the first part further elaborate with examples how romanticisation of poverty happens. Also add bottom of pyramid approach some companies adopt.

In the next part, substantiate how Romanticisation of poverty does not help the poor but actually harms them. Affecting poverty alleviation programmes directly and indirectly, overemphasis on modern credit, displaying lack of sensitivity towards poor and their issues and complete disregard of ground realities.

Conclusion:

Stress upon the importance of taking an empathetic approach towards poverty alleviation.