They say be optimistic, And I generally am a very optimistic person but how can I be all calm and collected and positive when I see so many problems are eating up Humanity. When I switch on TV, or pick a news paper, or turn my head or talk to my friend… I see ….
1. Women status In India :
Hailing from India where our MOTHER NATION was ruled by a female president and many female powerful chief-ministers rules, one expects women to be safe but that is not the case. According to a survey India is the fourth most dangerous place in the world for women.
Every women In India, be it an unborn baby, a Dadima of 80, a working women, a housewife, a teenage, a Sari draped lady or a miniskirt wearing girl has a same status UNSAFE, in bold, loud and clear.
When I step out my house, My mum worries about me, when I am out with friends, I worry about us, when I am reading newspaper, the headlines regarding women worries me. Problems are countless (as you can see in the flow chart) but the cause can be summed up in one -”Gender Biased Thinking”.
The Blueprint for change:
To improve the condition of women in India, first step should be to educate everyone regarding the importance of women education, Well educated women will know when to take a stand to not abort their girl child, to not tolerate the domestic violence and otherwise abuse. Well educated society will know the consequences of dowry disease, will take care proper care of a woman when she is pregnant.
- Socially powerful women should come out and run a campaign on television regarding the importance of female education. Studies has shown that the condition of women in rural areas has improved as television shows has made them aware.
- Public health facilities should be upgraded so that more pregnant women can reach out for medical felicities in rural areas.
- Today, on 3rd Feb’2013, President Mukherjee signed ordinance on sexual assault, changed law came into force. Now the proper implementation and enforcement is necessary.
- The enforcement of ‘dowry prohibition act’, ‘Domestic Violence Act’ , bans on pre-natal testing and other existing acts is very Important.
- EVERY GIRL SHOULD BE GIVEN THE TRAINING OF SELF DEFENSE, government/educational bodies/offices should conduct such camps.
- It is time when we take a stand against the Gender Biased thinking, as it is the root of most of the problems, Women in India are facing. Yes Gender Biased thinking still prevails in India, specially the North India, like Haryana. For that, campaigns should come into action showing how a girl can also be the safe harbor for their parents. Many such proud cases have come, ex- when a girl in J&K killed terrorists to save her family. So the proper awareness is very important.
- When I go to take a casual stroll in park , I see small children playing near the polythene clutter which has found its way into the park as it has taken charge over the rivers, choked the lives out of fauna and flora and animals who feed on the garbage dominated by non-biodegradable, polluted our environment in the worst way possible.
–> Government did took a step, but now we have to pay for the polythene bags in malls.
–>During this EOSS(end of season sale) what I noticed that most of us were carrying polybags we paid for ( many stores provides paper bags). Though the no. of poly-bags has decreased but not considerably.
—>Next time when I’ll be taking a stroll in park and see poly-bag or when animals will be choking on poly-bags, our drinking water will get polluted… those will be the poly-bags WE PAID FOR!!
—>My Blueprint for change : Government should compulsory all the major stores to provide Jute/newspaper bags (charged or not) and we as a customer should always carry a fabric/jute bag with us when we go grocery or any type of shopping.
Mission—- “Boycott Poly-bags “
—>Biodegradable and non biodegradable dustbins should be places on public places so that recycling can be easy. (I know it’s a very old idea but not properly implemented YET).
- The extreme use of pesticides. One of the food testing laboratory found that the pesticide was present in a leading Honey brand as well. pesticides are the direct poison we intake through vegetables, fruits, grains etc. on top of that they corrupts the soil and the running water body near by leading to the environment destruction which also affects the people severely living on the bank of such river body.
—>My Blueprint for change : State governments should encourage the organic farming, workshops on Organic farming ways and advantages should be conducted. Since organic farming is not subsidized by the govt., it makes the organic item costlier but we should put health on priority and buy Organic food. If it is not available then always wash your food properly.
3. Indian economic Crises:
- Policy paralysis
- High Fiscal Deficit, High Current Account Deficit, High Inflation - 7.23% & rising
- Low GDP – 5.3 percent over the previous year in the third quarter.
- Increase in Interest rates, Lower Foreign Investments.
- More than 20% drop in rupee against dollar since early 2011.
- BLACK MONEY
With the addition of these, last year during presenting the budget, the retrospective amendment and the announcement of GAAR (though GAAR was taken back and will be introduced by 2014) discouraged the foreign investors, all these factors added to the poor growth rate of India. Economists worries that our current situation is worse than that of 1991. My worry is if this continues then coming generation will be in a horrible situation (coming generation as in ME). Our economy is pushed to the brink.
My Blueprint for change:
Opening doors to FDI will certainly help to control inflation and taking back of GAAR proposal has indeed helped in improving India’s image at international market. But this is not enough… well…I really don’t know from where to start, First of all we need a strong leader and strong opposition, then their first step should be to eradicate the prevailing policy paralysis. A good leader is the one who gets maximum results in lesser resources. Government should cut down their expenses on Govt. department. Proper distribution system so that the food grain stocks in the country can be utilized at maximum will bring down the food inflation. Government needs to Control fiscal deficit which will slash current account deficit. And the most Important is to control or kill Corruption. Lokpal bill should be passed ASAP but it shouldn’t be a paralyzed one. As a human, when too much of power is in one hand leads to corruption so proper distribution or power is necessary so that High end decision makers can be in control. And law should be passed to declare the money in Swiss bank as an Indian asset, or charge Heavy tax on that money as other nations are doing.
4. Health Hazards:
- Food adulteration— today we go to buy something and get something else, it wouldn’t be a problem as long as that something else isn’t injurious to heath but that is a wishful thinking. During Festive season, tons of ‘Naklli mawa’ , ‘nakli desi ghee’ , ‘nakli doodh’ etc. are raided but these adulterated items along with other adulterated food items are sold every day in some kirana shop you trust the most.
—> Municipal Corporation food officer, police should conduct regular audits of the suspected shops, raid suspected godowns.
—> If someone finds any case of food adulteration, a complaint should be filed immediately so that such activity can be stopped immediately saving many lives.
- Many villages in India still don’t have a hospital, many don’t have the proper equipment. villagers either have to travel to the city to seek medical consultancy or forget it. It is one of the major issue and Government should encourage private companies to Invest in such campaigns, or celebrities should come forward for such cause.
- We don’t have proper and economical health Insurance that’s why only very scanty percentage of Indians have health insurance.
—> insurance companies should come up with more economical Health insurance schemes.
—> advertisements should be run on the benefits of health insurance as ‘JAN hit’
5. WE THE PEOPLE:
- We break traffic rules everyday, we are in such a hurry that we don’t even wait for the traffic signal to turn green. We do not wear helmets, we drive on wrong side, cross speed limit, go threesome on bikes, Drink and drive, blow horns Unnecessary.
- We have lost empathy. Don’t bother telling me you haven’t because if we had then “Amanat” in Delhi wouldn’t have waited so long on road side while we were driving by.
- We spit or throw chewing gums and everything on roads and then blame India to be dirty. We start the blame game.
To get something fast, we try to bribe.
We discriminate, we divide.
We are judgmental, we are afraid to raise our voice,
we walk with the crowd without thinking twice.
WE —- SOCIETY.
You, me and every one is part of it so we are responsible for what happens here, Good or bad.
My Blueprint for change:
““Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.” ― C.G. Jung
What Ideas could I give… I am the society, You are the society, Unless we all council ourselves and do the right lawfully, we all will be the culprit of each other. Of our mother INDIA.
A small change can make a big difference. You are the only one who can make our world a better place to inhabit. So, don’t be afraid to take a stand .