Dear Ravikiran,

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Let’s assume I am a middle class person in India.

For the past decade, I have had a job that has paid me well. That job exists because I can work for a lot less money than people in the country where that job originated[1].

The reason I can work for less is that my country has a billion poor people — which makes many things cheap. If not by themselves, at least by virtue of the billion slaves who eat what I throw and don’t have money to get themselves a decent education. Now, tell me, why would I, in an environment where the wage arbitrage is already under threat for different reasons, want to make the billion slaves rich/not poor and ruin my chances?

Why is your obvious answer any different from that of the many people who give the same answer when questioned about their silly romantic views on farming and village life?

Nilu

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