Do we call them the little survivors or the little victims? I leave you to judge.
The Little Survivors?
She seemed to be only ten years old and begging outside the shop we went in to. There was a little boy begging too. They approached us and José gave them a few coins each. The boy went away happily.
The little girl walked along with us. She began to ask me for ten rupees promising me that she would use it to buy a plate of धाल चावल (rice and dhaal) as she was hungry. I refused, as I’m always reluctant to give money to children who are begging, because more often than not they’re just being used by adults. She didn’t give up though, and instead as we walked along, she came up with a unique solution. She pointed out to the ‘vada pav‘ shop and told me to buy her one, which I was happy to do. Off she went eating her bun, but not before saying, “Thank you, Aunty.”
The image of this little survivor is still in my mind…..
I was in too much of a hurry to ask her name. She’s smart, she’s polite and should be in school like other children, where I’m sure she’ll do well.
The cars on our roads are getting bigger, the mobiles in our pockets are getting more sophisticated, the malls are getting fancier, but there are still children begging on our streets…….. Where’s the justice in this?
In October, I started writing a series called 31 Days about Living A Principle Driven Life. Since I wasn’t able to complete it then, I’m doing so now. You can follow my posts here.