Thursday, September 27, 2012

Designing the Future

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I am designing the future in association with & INK talks.]

For designing the future, i have a FIVE point proposal.

The first and foremost is removal of POVERTY.

Wikipedia definition of poverty is : 

Poverty is the pronounced deprivation of well being.It is the inability to satisfy one's basic needs because one lacks income to buy services or from lack of access to services

If you have ever gone on an early morning drive across a town or a city, the most common sight is people sleeping on the pavements, road dividers, under the fly overs and any other place they can find to spend the night.

Hunger, homelessness and not having a means to livelihood is common in many developing countries across the globe. It is indeed sad that there is no dignity for life.

One think which the world  can learn from  North america , is the concept of social Security.  Every citizen is a known one to the government , each having a social security number and the assurance of succor by the government if jobless.  

The rest of the world where Social Security is not yet applicable,needs to  wake up to it.  

SOCIAL SECURITY  as a tool to combat Poverty is the top most on my agenda for a Designing the future.

According to  Article 22 of the Universal  Declaration of Human Rights which states that

Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic , social and cultural rights  indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.

 In simple term, this means that the signatories agree that society in which a person lives should help them to develop and to make the most of all the advantages (culture, work, social welfare) which are offered to them in the country.

The Second issue is GENDER EQUALITY. Women make up 50% of the world's population and  also 50% of the resources.  We need to tap this.  We need to give them equal rights.

The status of women, say in  India has been subject to many great changes over the past few millennia. From equal status with men in ancient times through the low points of the medieval period, to the promotion of equal rights by many reformers, the history of women in India has been eventful.

In 2010 March 9, one day after International Women's day, Rajya sabha passed Women's Reservation Bill, ensuring 33% reservation to women in Parliament and state legislative bodies.

Such more  constructive measures are needed to give women gender equality.

Episodes like 'Guwahati Shame' and 'Mangalore Pub" moral policing are a blot on  prosperity of a nation, and women at large.

The third agenda is CLEANLINESS.  We need to bring in technology and expertise for a safe disposal of garbage.  simply banning the polythene  bags is not enough.

A whole new department needs to be developed to device a way to prevent garbage form being dumped in open , giving rise to health hazards.

Stray cattle, dogs, crows and pigs fight for their food in an open garbage dump. 

Rain mixes with the filth and slush spreads all around. 

Promises made by politicians on the eve of crucial elections to clean up the mess have remained unfulfilled. Assurances given by  Ministers in power  fall by the wayside. 

The fourth agenda is using Mass Media to change MINDSETS which are lagging behind.

Many socialists believe that Media affects Public Opinion.  a shining example of this is the path breaking TV Reality show , 'Satyamev Jayate' anchored by  Bollywood star Amir khan.

Besides Hindi, this programme was also dubbed and simulcast in other Indian languages such as Bengali, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu.

Satyamev Jayate received an overwhelming positive response and feedback from both the critics as well as the public. The show was widely appreciated by several film and television personalities, politicians and social activists for its research, format, presentation and content. The show highlighted sensitive social issues prevalent in India. 

Recently i visited the towns Phagwara, Pinjore and Kalka. The people living in small towns have yet to awaken to the changes in metros   We need to bring changes in small towns and villages too to enable their thinking to be a t par with the metros and the rest of the world.

The last on my agenda is teaching TOLERANCE.

Wikipedia says : 

Religious tolerance would mean that each person is free to chose his own faith and no other person would have a right to pass opinions on the faith of an other person. 

Right from pre school to schooling, we need to educate our children about cultural diversity.  We should have respect  appreciation and tolerance for cultures different from our own.  Perhaps this could help in combating prejudices and also help  to overthrow civil wars and terrorism.

I believe the above five agendas if seriously tackled will definitely usher in CHANGE.