When I go to India, I notice the attitude that not all but some people have is something like this:
If there is a person, who they think is powerful, they will suck up to that person endlessly, even if that person is an awful person. Power usually is money or education. They will apologize even if they've done nothing wrong.
If there is a person who they think isn't that powerful, not only will they treat that person badly, when other people come to know about it, they will actually not take the victim's side.
Their response will be like, "She (the victim), is not THAT important for us to be so careful in our behaviour around her. So what if we treated her badly, she should put up with it, it's life."
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No, this doesn't happen everywhere. It happens mostly in countries with largely conservative societies. Conservatives are less egalitarian and like to put people into categories. So for example if you're a woman or a homosexual or a political opponent, they will openly hate you and condescend to you whereas if you're one of them or some powerful figure (right-wingers really love authority, especially if it comes dressed in a uniform), they will kiss your ass all day long.0