Liberal Indians, Remember to Thank Your “Non-Woke” Parents For Your Broadmindedness

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Liberal Indians, Remember to Thank Your “Non-Woke” Parents For Your Broadmindedness

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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hen it comes to desirable qualities among millennials, social consciousness tops the list. A gorgeous head of hair or a killer smile is worth as much as a US dollar in North Korea if your bae isn’t #woke. A study from Stanford Graduate School of Business shows that a whopping 90 per cent of MBAs from European and North American business schools prefer working for socially responsible organisations. Neilson’s 2015 Global Corporate Sustainability Report indicated that 73 per cent of surveyed millennials prefer spending more (of whatever little) money we have on products that come from sustainable brands, but I could have told you that with one look at my shower cabinet full of organic soap.

So why are we, the liberal youth, so “woke”? I believe we owe it to our parents. What a perfect Indian beti answer; my mother would be proud. But wait, there’s more. In my experience, most of my fellow free thinkers are also privileged AF. We grew up fairly comfortably, with well-educated parents who strived to give us everything they could. Parents who were liberal… for their time.

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