Nobel Peace Prize to an Indian and “Eradication of Child Labour” in India?


Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child rights campaigner, have jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize- BBC

A Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) report dated October 2014 cites figures from July 2009 to June 2013 which show that just 3,734 children were rescued over four years, i.e. an average of 78 children each month. But the Delhi high court had directed the labour department to begin implementing the Delhi Action Plan in 2009 “by accommodating, for the time being, about 500 children every month”.—TOI!

It’s a matter of pride for all of us that an Indian gets Nobel Peace Prize!

Yet, we do not even know the exact number of child labours in our houses as helping hands, in fields, in hotels and Dhabas at highways, in factories and finally in streets as beggars in our country!! An estimate says it could be 10 Crore, but do we even know what is our actual population? In recent statement, the Indian Census Board said, the margin of error in the last census could be 1%, that is close to 3 Crore, and these Indians do not figure in our data!

There is an old story. There was a philanthropist, who used to sit next to a well, which had no cemented boundary to prevent passers by falling into it. The surroundings were slippery. Occasionally, the travellers did slip and our great man used to rescue them!!!!!!

I am not blaming the helping hand, the good man, as he was honest and never demanded anything from the survivors. He, however, never joined the effort to reduce such incidents by warning the travellers, raising a warning post or even raising a wall to prevent these occurrences, forget about abolishing such occurrences by filling the well and if needed, provide alternate water sources!!

Our society breeds child labours, prostitutes, unemployment, and inflation. In fact they are necessities to provide cheap labours to our industries, corporates, big peasants, landlords, etc. to garner huge profit. Women’s oppression inside our houses and outside, economically and sexually is part of our society. Unemployment is part of raising an “Unemployed Army”, again necessary part of the present Corporates’ Democracy to create competition among them and reduce their bargaining power and eventually reduce their wages. Inflation, I need not explain in detail, as our well-read readers are versed with this permanent feature, is necessity to keep the “Development for country” to continue without hindrance! Recession coupled with economic boom periodically is very much part of the global economy, controlled by less than .03% influential class!

So, are prizes, like Nobel, etc hindrances in fight against these social and state tyranny? Are they blinding our intellectuals and even mass, hoping of just society, via such efforts? It won’t be out of context to say that these prize winners, “Celebrities” are adopted into the present system, as jewels in a woman’s hairdo or her neck and shine not only for her but others also though that’s the end of the jewellery’s purpose!

Individuals, like Kailash Satyarthi, may not be one of them, but his effort has not reduced the numbers of child labours in India but is on rise along with the poverty, which has risen to a staggering figure of 79 Crore and that too when BPL is calculated as low as on INR 35! We have many other NGOs and individuals who are working for the poor, and even honestly, but the number of Child Labours is rising!!!!!!!!!!!!

India’s GDP in 2004 was less than 670 Billion USD, now it is 2315 Billion USD, meaning it has multiplied by more than 3.5 times and our population has not even doubled!

To make it simpler, I will cite another data- India’s GDP, in absolute numbers, has grown from a mere Rs. 2.7 lakh Crore to Rs. 57 lakh Crore in 67 years of independence., and the population has not grown even 5 times from 33 Crore of whole Indian subcontinent to 130 Crore of India today, yet the poverty has risen more than 10 times!!!!!!!!!!

Friends, such human acts are good but not good enough to eradicate any of our social evils, like child labour, women’s oppression including prostitution, cancerous unemployment and inflation, corruption, crime; in fact they are detrimental to revolution, a mass revolution to end this tyrant society, to demolish the present state and its machineries, which is running for the interest of big corporates and their henchmen, and by any chance not for the workers, the peasants and the common man!

These reform are to change the faces of government and its various programmes to be fool mass, like Garibi Hatao, India Shinning, Achhe Din, etc.! I will like to remind our readers of the famous statement by the USA rulers in early 1930s, where they claimed to have amassed enough wealth to eradicate the poverty for ever from the face of the USA to belittle the USSR’s claim on making people’s social ownership on all public and natural wealth of the country. We know poverty in USA and the world has risen in direct proportion to the rise of world’s wealth, where there are 1 Billion hungry people!!!!!!!!!!!



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About Rakesh Parikh

A doctor by profession, passionate for the change. Trying my bit for the alternative media.