Tuesday, November 24, 2015

STOLEN CHILDHOOD





One born to a king

One born to a pauper.

One born to be rocked in the cradle

One born to be left unattended.

One born to play with branded toys

One born to play with  pebbles.

One born to drink fortified milk

One born to be malnutritioned.

One born to be transported in imported cars

One born to run on spindly legs.

One born to study in heritage schools
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One born to beg at red lights.

One born to savor five course meals

One born to survive on left over food.

One born to wear designer clothes

One born to wear tattered rags.

One born to attend coaching classes for lawn tennis

One born to child labor.

One born to live in havelis

One born to sleep under a leaking tarpaulin..

Both children of the same God.

Stop!

Pause!

Reflect!

Can we do something to bridge this abominable gap?

Can we do something to restore stolen childhood?

Yes, we can.

Indeed we can.

Let us harness the goodness in our hearts

Let us gather our strength

Let us make our resolve dynamic

Let us endeavor to bring justice

To the lost children of the world

Let us walk together

To restore stolen childhood

Let us each do our bit

To  leave this world a better place.