Wednesday, January 06, 2010

A bank run by kids, for kids in Bihar - Should we be happy?

As an employed Indian, sitting in an air conditioned office in the IT hub of India, I don't know how to react to this news I read on IBN LIVE just now - Few kids in Muzzafarpur, Bihar, have launched a Cooperative bank which aims to help small children who are employed/self-employed in 'professions' like 'rag picking', 'domestic help', etc. to save and even gives out soft loans to those in need!
A brave move, innovative and something that should be touted as an incident which speaks volumes about the way the children in India are evolving to face the challenges in their lives. I mean, a story about a girl who takes a loan from a bank run by children like her to revive her father's shop is inspirational, if anything! The reason behind my confusion is simple, I don't know if I should be happy about this news. I'm proud of these small kids beyond doubt (they are responsible not just for their lives but the lives and the livelihood of their families!) But, I'm not happy with the state of affairs in my country!
The question I want to ask everyone is,
Why are these kids working in the first place?
Are we going to marvel at such initiatives or are we going to take steps to provide these kids with education and a plethora of other things that a child requires to develop into a worthy citizen of a country that promises to be the future of the world!
The centre is yet to decide on the Right To Education act as of today, reason - lack of funds! The fundamental right to education is yet to bless millions of kids of India. Now, more than ever, we are raising questions about the education scenario in India after the release of Three Idiots (based on Chetan Bhagat's best selling book, Five Point Someone) but these 'discussions' are mostly confined to the higher echelons of the society - most emphasis being on the way we provide higher education in India and how we measure its worth! Very less is being done as far as providing basic education is concerned.
We need to act fast, before these small, enthusiastic and brilliant kids grow up and become the ignorant mass that we largly are!


Shrinivas said...

the news really stirred is an attempt to answer that question u posed. poverty-vicious circle-developing nation.thats it.
I am happy for one reason. the kids are really getting smart. Atleast better than their counterparts in U.S. (where they throw tantrums)But the smartness lasts only until the early teens. then they grow up,and the criminal bend of mind is seen in the form of screwing "bitches". and then they reproduce (ofcourse not the dog-human hybrid!) and those kids start taking loans in such banks & the circle completes!

ruchira said...

yes exactly.. happy to see such responsible future citizens of India but would this "love for others" stay alive for rest of their life or would it get crushed under the foot of the selfish world??? well we should really be shameful and at the same time need to do something to protect these little hearts.