Apropos of Harsh Mander’s article Wishes are not horses (March 20), for a few beggars, begging is last resort for survival. But many are able-bodied and can work. There might not be any mafia operating in Delhi. But, there are people out their inducting innocent children into begging. One may try to be sympathetic to them or threaten them. But they have no option but to beg.
Harsh Mander presented a one-sided argument by denying the presence of gangs who use children, aged and the disabled to beg. He would do more good to beggars by suggesting practical remedies like taking them to employment agencies or even pushing the government to provide unemployment benefits, food and allowances.
Unemployment is the root cause of beggary. It is apt to define beggars as having no visible means of subsistence. People who receive anything in exchange for a service or offering entertainment should not be rounded up as beggars and subjected to inhuman treatment.
Stake in SEZs
The current SEZ policy of acquiring land from farmers has boomeranged. The government should make it a policy to allot only government land for SEZs. If acquisition of farmland is unavoidable, farmers should be adequately compensated and made stakeholders in the developers’ company so that they continue to receive their share of profits accrued by the developer.
Bob Woolmer, a great coach and lover of cricket, died in mysterious circumstances. People want their teams to win all the matches and that’s not possible. People should understand that cricket is, after all, only a game. Peace of mind is anyday more important than winning in any sport.