The inequality in India is more jarring because any empathy, if any, is doled out on a superficial, perfunctory level. Human value is ascribed on socioeconomic status entirely.
Corona days have shown the almost implacable hold of the corporate economy. The distinction between cooperative and corporate economies is therefore even more vital to clarify and maintain. The US and NYC exposes the deadly consequences of complete dependence on the corporate economy. Illich also argued that it was possible to leapfrog over destructive industrialization by curtailing the scale of technology. Corona days makes the need for limits to technology painfully obvious to most. The political bosses and economic hitmen everywhere are not always able to see the obvious, much less act on it.