It is a sorry tale when parents are not able to admit their 8-year-old kid Jia to an English medium school ostensibly because of the occupation of the parents. The parents Karamjeet & Heena are janitors and the age old regressive attitude of looking down on certain professions continues to haunt them. The parents had hope when Vishal Vaibhav (a media firm employee) promised to take care of the kid’s educational expenses and that hope has started to fade away as they are continuously being rejected by various schools citing Jia Dhulgaj won’t be able to cope with the demands of English medium schools.
Hope in despair
Despite the indifference shown, the parents are not giving up yet; they are determined to give Jia quality education which they themselves could not avail.
“Jia is currently studying in Gurukul School at Nalasopara. She lives with her grandmother who is 85 years old and is not able to look after her. This is one reason why we want to bring her to live with us. Also, we do not want to compromise on her education, we are ready to work relentlessly to pay for her expenses,” said Karamjeet (DNA)
Jia’s mother said “I do not want them to end up working like we do. I am worried about my younger son, Arush, who will have to be admitted to nursery in a year or so. Owing to our poor living conditions, I fear he will not be taken in a good school either,” (DNA)
By law and through social media
Vishal had tried to use the social media, he tweeted to the State’s Education Minister Vinod Tawde and the Chief Minister. Despite the effort, he could only reach the PR person of the Chief minister without much of a consequence. Vishal tried to use the Right to Education Act to secure admission. However, he was told that the Act was applicable only if the child were to be admitted to first standard, not Standard 3, reports DNA.
The Logical Indian pleads to the Maharashtra government to take cognizance of the situation and ensure that Jia gets admitted into a school of their choice given the amount of time lost due to unfair reasons. It is despicable that even as India moves towards a knowledge-based economy and having implemented the Right To Education, parents and children still have to go through such injustice to merely admit their children to a school.
India is a nation of stellar democracy. Every citizen of India has a chance to make informed choices towards nation building by actively engaging in as responsible voters. Every single vote is a step towards governance “by the people”. In other words, vote is one of the most decisive agents of change, a combined effort of “the people of India”. It has the power to make or break a government.
However, more often than not, a large section of Indian population fails to reach the polling booth to cast their votes due to many reasons. It includes people of old age with health issues, people with restricted mobility due to physical imparity or otherwise and people located far from the polling booths without any means of locomotion despite being eligible to vote. As a result, a pronounced size of votes is lost.
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In the previous Lok Sabha elections, the total voter turnout percentage was 66.40%. Besides domestic migration and unwillingness to vote by a segment of people, other votes that are lost can be prevented if eligible people willing to vote, are helped to get past their mobility hurdles.
These might come across as insignificant reasons. However, a fairly nuanced observation shall be enough to press that these fallouts significantly maneuver the election results. The manifested results, therefore, might not always be an accurate representation of what India wants. The ‘lost votes’ disfigures the face of public propensity on State politics or at least could define the mandate of a politician. All the more, lost votes weaken and worse dismantle the true spirit of democracy.
To ensure the robust existence of a democratic State, it comes off as a duty of a well-meaning citizen to also help people with various mobility challenges to reach the polling booths simply because every vote matters. It resoundingly sets an example of a more involved citizen.
The Logical Indian community appreciates this very thoughtful initiative by Castrol Activ. It is in the combined power of every vote that can torch India to its colossal height. Therefore, this election, vote and give a ride to help cast a vote too.
Come let’s take the #NonStopDemocracy pledge and be a part of making India great.