How COVID-19 reveals a bigger picture of INDIA?
"Corona"- The word which our ears are hearing the most currently. After the lockdown, the routine lives of people have been disrupted to a great extent. Some are enjoying while others are craving for things to return back to normal.The irony is, there is silence on the roads yet chaos like never before. What has plunged me into grief the most is the pathetic condition that the Indian marginalized section is facing at the present.The picture of their agony is clearly in front of us. Hopefully, things will get better with time. But, there's another picture on a deeper level that has struck me hard. With the different sectors and industries projecting their respective economic losses and no.of people who would lose their jobs in the future, it is uncertain that what the wave after the pandemic will bring for the urban marginal workers. I always knew that 'unemployability' was a bigger issue in India then 'unemployment'. But for the last few days, I have realized this even more. Let's take a turn from here! Agriculture serves as the skeleton of the Indin economy, yet it is the most suffered sector. Imagine if these workers who migrate from villages to cities in the search of livelihood could suffice their needs through engaging them into agricultural activities, how different the picture could have been! A doctor's child wants to be a doctor. An IAS officer's child wants to become an IAS. But the son of a farmer doesn't want to become a farmer. Why? Because we have failed their trust. The unpredictability of monsoon with drastic changes in climate has further accentuated the problem. Governments come and go. The measures which are taken to boost the agricultural sector aren't concrete. Rather than aiming at introducing technologies and new models, we concentrate more on appealing the farmers through loan waving, subsidies, etc. If we can provide people with jobs in their own villages through agriculture, this can have many benefits:
- The revival of Indin agriculture in its true spirit.
- Less migration hence less burden on urban areas.
- Better facilities in the rural sector and emancipation of the rural public.
- My education
- My skills
- and the way I have built myself in the last 23 years (personally and professionally).
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