While every adolescent today is thought to be a drug-taking, reckless, indifferent, procrastinating waste of space by almost all of our elders, teenagers like Kritika Rana not only prove these allegations wrong but also reaffirm that the future of our country is in good hands.
Kritika Rana is a student at MCM DAV College For Women, currently pursuing Political Science honours. She is also the creative head at the Rotaract Club (Chandigarh) and a budding philanthropist who certainly lives by the maxim, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. In sheer dearth of humility, people like Kritika are like a glimpse of reassurance that kindness is still alive in the hearts of people.
As a member of Rotaract Club, Kritika has undertaken various social projects. Currently she is covering the lives of children living in a slum in Sector 38, West, Chandigarh. Through pictures and posts on social media sites, she is sharing their stories- their lives, their difficulties and their dying hope and dreams.
PU Mirror recently talked to her to know her initiative better, here is what she had to say:-
A- The name of the project undertaken is Samarth. This project was undertaken by board-members of the Rotaract Club of MCM in 2016. Due to certain reasons, the project was not implemented. This year our one of the visions is education.
The aim of this project is to provide the children with tuitions. Usually, tuitions are given to those who can pay for themselves. But children of the slum are deprived of such facility. Out of 50 children, there would be at least 5-10 children who want to become a doctor or an engineer or teacher but due to economic reasons and the environment in which they live, they are lagging behind. This project also aims to make them aware of the current scenarios of the country related to hygiene, education, robbery, drug abuse and many more.
The Rotaractors of our Club go to the slum every weekend to teach those little children. The eagerness which we see every weekend in their eyes is remarkable.
Q- Do you think that spreading the word around about the lives of the underprivileged children will provide them with help in a pragmatic sense?
A- In today’s scenario, we all are busy in our routine lives and we hardly notice any changes in our surroundings. This step was taken to spread awareness regarding the same. I believe that if we as humans give at least 4-6 hours in a weekend to them and make them aware of the current scenario or give them tuitions or just spend some time with them, it will definitely have an effect on them. We cannot expect change in a short period of time but we are witnessing it.
I received many emails of people, living in far off places, who wanted to contribute in it and did help to change the perception of people about them.
Q- The right to education was made a fundamental right as far back as in 2002, yet these children are deprived of it. What, according to you, is the reason for this?
A- The reason for this would be neglected attitude of the parents as well as the schools. Since their parents are not literate, they cannot teach them during their exams and due to economic reasons, as I said earlier, they cannot go for any tuition.
Also, while teaching them I came to know that students of class 7 doesn’t even know how to read a single sentence and this must be the failing part of schools and teachers.
Q- Being a political science student, do you think that calling India a socialist state (as mentioned in the Preamble) is a farce, when so many individuals do not even have a decent standard of living?
A- India is a mixed economy, amalgam of capitalism and socialism. We saw the fate of socialism in the disintegration of USSR. Practically, it is not possible to ensure a decent standard of living to the vast Indian population. But we can certainly render as much help as we can. One minor step can make a lot of difference.
A- Teachings in government schools should be periodically revised. Grace marker should not be encouraged. Ability of the children should be taken into considerations and various programmes should be set up in the schools.
These children who has the object of neglect and even disgust by some people, and out-casted by some others, only need love and care. They are also a part of the future of our country, and it is our moral duty to ensure that they get at least a decent life. People like Kritika are the only means to achieve this end because a simple act of kindness is all it takes to make a difference.
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