January 22, 2010

The Greatest Injustice

In the midst of the plethora of problems afflicting India, there is one problem which stands out. It is the problem of child labor, of kids working as rag pickers.

Just yesterday, as I was out on a walk near my home, I saw a little girl standing on the side of the road crying with a sack on her shoulders.

It turned out she was not lost or in any great danger. Her 'home' was quite close ... one of those roadside affairs.

But that image has stayed with me ... I think it is the greatest failure of Indian society that we are willing to tolerate such injustices. I wish I could or would do something for that kid, for her education.

What would she grow up to become?????????????????????????????????????

How does it matter what car or bike we drive or how big our home is? How does it matter how big our refrigerator or TV is?????????????????????????????????

Life has got to be bigger than that. Let's do something about these kids!!!

I hope my conscience will prick me enough that I will choose to do something tangible about these dire problems of India.

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