“Halwa every day at the aanganwadi”

Halwa every day at the aanganwadi“. This was the answer given by a kid when she was asked about her wish. Her name was Asha , a seven year old girl who was/is begging outside the Palace of Rani Roopmati in Mandu, a popular tourist destination in Madhya Pradesh with 48 historical monuments and an ancient love story.

Asha chatted away about her life. No, she goes to school only in afternoon and only for mi day meals , doesn’t know what ice-cream is and has not watched a film in a theater. She giggles at the name of Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar, but can’t recall the name of a single film. She still begs around the monuments because foreign tourists give her good goolis (toys), pens, money and chocolates.

Everyday at noon, she stands in the queue at the aanganwadi for the mid-day meal. “They give us dalia, roti-sabji (roti and vegetables) and halwa (a sweet dish) once a week,’’ she says, waving flies away from a face covered with fungal infection. “I go for the food but don’t like school.’’ Asha dreams of having halwa everyday.

Asha - a responsible kid

Asha - a responsible kid

This little girl has practically taken charge of her own life. Her mother goes to earn a living while the father drinks all day long. She knows the exact time when to go to the aanganwadi for her lunch and then begs for that extra something she gets from tourists. A responsible kid. 🙂

This would be the status of almost all the kids begging in front of temples , tourist places etc., What would be the reason for these things…may be the irresponsible parents , irresponsible society, economy of the district, poor politics etc., but whatever may be the reason..finally the kid was affected and the hole childhood was ruined and the childishness was destroyed.

I don’t want these kids to become a doctor, scientist , IAS officer etc., but still wanted their childhood back to them and the childishness to be with them at this age. Let them fight with the life or struggle with life at the certain age and not at this age.

Only Few things affects my mind in deep. One among those is child labor/begging. Working closely on this issue to give back the childhood at least for few kids. Hope for the best.

ps:- source from Times of India , 12th July 2009 ed.

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One thought on ““Halwa every day at the aanganwadi”

  1. Hmmmmmm…………… I have no idea how this can be cured… but to my knowledge…

    “God has no mercy towards weakness”, “One who desires becomes strong”…. Lil children, they don’t know anything I agree… but parents who can’t provide these children with 3 meals a day, I mus say their organs be taken off and put for sale and then let the money be used for the developing the kid….

    But otherwise I hate people who sit and drink when they can’t protest, I would protest if everybody has an inclination to protest, unfortunately this fucking country I am living has people who don’t have spine and don’t have enough pride to destroy corrupt politics… arseholes…

    Now what can u do in this country… where masses are just lump of shit and nothing else… To me I say some where born to suffer, I have no idea on how to help them… They should come out and fight… kill people or whatever at this pace of inequality the country will crumble in civil war… cannibalism… I don’t wanna imagine… if monsoon fails that may happen…

    The only fucking thing that is good about this country is religion… just keeps a man a little bit more sane for a longer time… I don’t have an idea how long it will hold…

    FUCK THIS COUNTRY… RAPE IT… KILL IT… BUT ALAS YOU WOULD FIND WEEPING EYES AND BEGGING PALMS… NOT ANGRY EYES AND COURAGEOUS ARMS… BEGGARS… THATS WHAT WE ARE TAUGHT…
    BEG TO GOD… BEG TO GOD… BEG TO GOD…

    FUCK…

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