No one is safe until everyone is safe

No one is safe until everyone is safe

Every year 20th February is celebrated as the world day of social justice. But are we in good shape to celebrate this day. No, is the answer you get when asked to one and many. Indian society is flecked with numerous issues that are labelled as social problems. Corruption, illiteracy, communalism and poverty have being the main social issues in India, but this is not the end of our social issues. Apart from the issues we as country are facing, there are numerous newly added issues like digital bullying, online harassment, privacy concerns and hacking have popped up. Debates and Promises by any authority have failed to end to social problems and we have started living with the social issues making it new normal. Each ministry formulates strategic plans but year after year, we have started living with the problems consoling ourselves that there is no solution to it. Here I want to throw light on two major aspects of social issues in India. Firstly, an age old problem of child labour and secondly, an issue of recent origin which has effected millions of people worldwide and also terribly effected our country i.e. pandemic Coronavirus. “There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.” - Nelson Mandela The constitution of India in the Fundamental Rights prohibits child labour below the age of 14 years. If we go according to statistics ILO 2016 data indicates that there are 152 million working children in the world between 5-17 years, of which 23.8 million children are in India. Isn’t it shameful to earn by depriving children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical-mental development. To eradicate child labour we need to formulate a number of unions that solely work to prevent child labour. It should help the children indulging in this work and punishing those who make them do it. Furthermore, we need to keep the parents in the loop so as to teach them the importance of education. If we make education free and the people aware, we will be able to educate more and more children who won’t have to do child labour. In addition, family control measures must also be taken. This will reduce the family’s burden so when you have lesser mouths to feed, the parents will be enough to work for them, instead of the children. In fact, every family must be promised a minimum income by the government to survive. In short, the government and people must come together. Employment opportunities must be given to people in abundance so they can earn their livelihood instead of putting their kids to work. The children are the future of our country; we cannot expect them to maintain the economic conditions of their families instead of having a normal childhood. Secondly I would like to mention about the new normal way of living, a pandemic which has effected millions lives and families i.e. coronavirus. This social issue of recent origin The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is the defining global health crisis of our time and the greatest challenge we have faced since World War Two. Since its emergence in Asia late last year, the virus has spread to every continent except Antarctica. But the pandemic is much more than a health crisis, it's also an unprecedented socio-economic crisis. Stressing every one, it has the potential to create devastating social, economic and political effects that will leave deep and longstanding scars. Every day, people are losing jobs and income, with no way of knowing when normality will return. We needs to act immediately to prepare, respond, and recover. The socio-economic condition of India is been effected terribly. Few companies have been following work from home way of working. But the firms and sectors where people have to be present at office and can’t work from their homes are the ones who are mostly exposed to the virus. Not only they are at higher risk but are also leading stressful life along with the family members. The virus has left everybody stressed and due to which mental health is biggest sufferer. Small business, migrants and labourer are the ones who are finding it hard to earn bread for their families. Peoples who lives in slum or rented houses are unable to pay rent and some are even thrown out of the houses and due to which they are forced to return to their natives. We have seen instances where people have started walking to their natives because there is no transport facilities. Many have lost lives because of hunger and poverty. Not only that hunger and poverty have been effecting lives, we have seen violence against women has also taken a major turn. Violence against women especially domestic violence has been intensified. Economic and social stresses combined with movement restrictions and cramped homes. 1.24M confirmed cases with around 29,861 death cases are the present stats. At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for the virus. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments. The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face. People have come together and provided foods and basic nessicities to ones who find it difficult to earn in the pandemic. We have seen the interconnected nature of our country. Our advice doesn’t entirely depend on the philosophical views we gesture at in this section, but we think it’s important to be transparent about them. The concept of “partnership housing” was developed by Millard and Linda Fuller in 1965, partnering those in need of adequate shelter with community volunteers to build simple interest-free houses. In India, recent initiative ‘Swachh bharat abhiyan, ‘Digital India, ‘Make in India’ etc. are also unique social innovations that can transform Indian society in a big way. We need come out with such more ways to fight the socio-economic issues we are currently facing. At the end, I would like to say “WE ARE ALL TOGETHER IN THIS”. Let’s fight back and make India a better place to live and rejoice.

written by
Bhushan Jha, Former Chairperson, Jharkhand State Youth Commission