An Ordinary Indian

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Hillcrest Publishing Group, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 367 pages
"An Ordinary Indian" is a tale of one man - alone and aloof - and his experiences. However, he represents a major population of his country.

While atrocities were performed against him, the main character of "An Ordinary Indian" felt there was no need for them to be reported since he seldom reacts. Most affected and vulnerable, his distress, agonies, and worries are over-shadowed behind his efforts to merely survive. His "no reaction" attitude eventually became known to the perpetrator of these atrocities.

For instance, one multi-national pharmaceutical company made a medicine, which they wanted to test before marketing contacted medical practitioners. The company needed 400 patients to undergo testing. One man went to a private nursing home for a routine check-up. Not having any trouble, he was given a big list of tests to be taken before his check-up. He contacted his family doctor, and after checking thoroughly, the doctor advised him to forget about the tests. The family doctor was aware that the tests the man had been told to have done were the same as the tests being used before administering the company's trial medicine. The man, when contacted for the drug trials, declined the offer. Unfortunately, most of the tests were done on people who were unaware that their bodies were being utilized for testing unknown medicine - even while being charged for the testing.

Usually unaware of the strategies hatched out against him, he is a darling of the political system before elections and an ignored one after that. He watches as things take shape, understands their meanings, is aware of their repercussions, but waits for others to lead before reacting. This is, in essence, the conflict between different categories of common man.


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