The thick red line
You look visibly happy? Won a lottery?
Not a lottery, but I'm no longer poor!
So you finally got a job?
Even better. I don't need a job! The Planning Commission has said that if you earn about R 31 per day, you're no longer below the poverty line.
So how much do you earn?
About Rs 31 a day.
So you're on the poverty line then.
Hmm. Never thought of that. At least I'm not below it anymore.
So you can't see it anymore?
What can't I see?
The poverty line.
You're right! Does that mean I'm now rich?
No, just that you're standing on it.
Oh goodie. Now I don't need anything from the State for food, health, and education!
Do say: At last India's affluent.
Don't say: So do they have to pay tax?