“Roaming around the stretch,
Shabbiness, stench, and the rest,
Growling stomach, hair unkempt,
Eyes gleam, dreaming to fly desperate.
Walking into the sewage puddle,
Bare foot, bare heads, and bare hopes too?
Promises, well, plenty had been made,
Like husk in the wind away that flew.”
For when human beings are deprived of basic needs, the rift to inequality cracks open. Living up in an economy-driven society with a vast majority unskilled, the gap is almost inevitable and it’s here to stay. How far and long it goes on for is what is dependent on us. We hold the anchor to the future, the shape of which is going to be determined by where and whom we invest our energy, time and resources in.
These children, the budding bunch of tomorrow, didn’t choose this for themselves. Nobody did. And we could help walk them out if only we chose to. With a nation exploding in the number of billionaires every year, we certainly complain of the lack of resources, but can make sure that everyone at least avails the basics. Having had a glorious history of a civilised society, we can bring it back together. That starts from where we stand at the moment. That starts with doing what is required to be done. And that takes the least.
Education for all is just the baby step.
The hands await, to be held and shown the way,
The hands that would architect the tomorrow.
Just a lending hand it takes.
To draw them out of the vagueness and bringing some sunshine, it just takes a smiling and a spirited heart.