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Whose Children’s Day anyway?

Saturday - November 17, 2018 10:40 am , Category : WTN SPECIAL

WTN- We all celebrate Children’s Day in India every year on November 14, the birthday of Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, but they are little more than perfunctory arrangements to ‘officially’ commemorate the day as per a stipulated tradition.

Neither there is the feeling nor the concern nor there is any seriousness in the programmes and just the day after, everything is forgotten. Children in India are some of the most unsafe in the world. There are thousands of missing children reported every day in the police stations and many of them are never found. There are thousands whose missing is not even reported and recorded.

Lakhs of children sleep on the footpaths and railway platforms of metropolitan cities and most don’t live beyond their teens, so decayed their bodies become through all the years of abuse, exploitation and hunger. Rape is a widespread malady and children as young as two years old are not spared. More than 50 per cent of our children are stunted and/or underweight due to inadequate food intake. These include urban middle class population too, who are relatively educated and moneyed.

The number of school dropouts in India is more than anywhere else in the world. The menace of child labour and children in hazardous occupations is a rude reality despite legal bans on them. In the backdrop of such searing realities we are surrounded with, Children’s Day seems a farce and an insignificant show. The motto must be to make the dreams of children come true.

The purpose must be to provide a safe and healthy environment to the children of the country to explore and exploit their full potential in diverse fields. The dream must be to provide adequate food and nutrients to every child and educate him. Unless these things are materialised, we are doing disservice to the nation. Children are the future of the nation and the makers of its destiny. If they are not groomed and prepared in the right way, it is compromising with the future of the country.

All those who are responsible for the welfare of children and not doing their work honestly and sincerely deserves to be condemned and punished suitably. It is a pity that even seven decades after Independence we haven’t been able to ensure a secure and prosperous life for our children. Missed goals, misplaced priorities, corruption and red tape tardiness spoil most of our grand schemes launched for children and though money goes down the drain, the fate of children don’t change by much.

We have to look at children’s interests much beyond Children’s Day because official commemoration of a day must not limit us in our thought and action. It should be a yearlong and continual process till our objectives of better inclusiveness of children and their better integration in the development roadmap is complete. Better and more focused schemes for them should be envisaged and time bound results must be sought so that we keep proper track of their development trajectory.

There is no way we can allow them getting lost in wilderness. We must remember that children don’t just mean urban elite public school going students. For us children should be those who are deprived and marginalised, the poor boy or girl in the remotest part of the country who doesn’t get proper food, clothes and shelter over his/her head. Once such children see the light of education and find scopes to realise their potentials, then only we can have the right to dream of a new India.

-Window To News