26th August was observed as Mother Teresa’s 102nd birth anniversary. So , while the whole world is busy dealing with
their own issues, let us all Indians shift our focus from Anna Hazare and Lokpal Bill
to this issue, for a little while…
Awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace, she was the Mother of the underprivileged-gifted with immense amount of kindness, love, affection and tenderness. She could not bear to see the pitiful condition of the children on the streets. Hungry, malnourished children, begging on the streets-ached her heart the most. For the poor, the orphaned, the sick, the under-privileged, she was a ‘Messiah‘. Till this day, the world observes her contribution as something that is unmatched, yet so simple. She is not with us anymore, but it was always her dream that people-irrespective of ethnicity, religion, and place-always lent a helping hand to those who were needy.
But how far have we succeeded in doing so?
Today we are so happily participating in rallies, staging a peaceful protest, associating ourselves with pride, in this August Kranti…but how many of us really remembered our obligations towards the underprivileged of the society?
Everyday, I see a million of rag-pickers-most them being 4-8 yr old kids. When asked, they give a confused expression. It seems that the very idea of not dreaming, was infused in them. Everyday whenever I go out, and there is a stoppage at the signals, I would see children coming out of their hoods-some start cleaning car-bonnets, some sell roses, some try their best to woo us with toys made of cheap plastic, and some, just beg-a clear sign of their desperation and an inability to satisfy their hunger. Cannot blame God but, we the people overlooked something, somewhere, which resulted to this.
Statistically speaking,India’s one of the major democracies where child labour is a raging issue-hideous in its own terms. And this gets worse as soon as you get down to the core of the issue, because then , evils such as Human Trafficking too come to play. Our Govt. has taken up initiatives, and has churned out certain policies too, but these alone are not sufficient to track down and destroy this problem.
WHAT ONE NEEDS TO DO-
Yes, it’s us, the people, who should really look into this matter.
See a child selling roses-ask him/her, why is he/she doing this. compel them to question themselves-why should they leave this. Make them dream-give them hope by offering them some help-maybe a few hours of our work would be sufficient enough to make their life better like never before. Take up a “social- drive”, where you and your friends can go to slums to offer simple but priceless education, some basic amenities, and, just a little love. I have done that, and I am sure that the smile that will light up in those kids’ face, will be rewarding enough for your noble work.
With that note, I conclude, with this beautiful quote by Mother Teresa:
“If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out.
To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.”