New age leader tackling one of the most stubborn social problems
New age leaders tackling one of the most stubborn social problems to have plagued Indian society in the past and present
Ramesh Lakhulal Chaurasia, the President of the Akhil Bharatiya Adarsh Chaurasia Mahasabha, dons many hats. He has been vocal about the rights and safety of the most vulnerable sections of society. He spoke to us recently about the issues that tug at his heart. Child protection, education, and health are the issues he feels strongly about as children are our future carrying humankind forward. He believes that child labour and exploitation have been a social menace that needs to receive a lot of attention. Laws have been strengthened and social institutions
have come forward to tackle this problem. Things are better but we have not reached a point where one can show any laxity. Ramesh Lakhulal Chaurasia and the Akhil Bharatiya Adarsh Chaurasia Mahasabha are doing their bit in fighting this demon heads on. The team works tirelessly in multiple segments related to child development to ensure that all children are provided with the right guidance, information and protection for their well-being.
“The Indian constitution guarantees rights for children. They have as much right to live with dignity as any other age group. If you think about it, child labour is a direct attack on their rights. It is the children from the marginalised sections who suffer the most because they are also the most vulnerable.” said Mr Ramesh Chaurasia, “And it takes away the joy and passion out of their lives. As an organisation with a pan India presence, we are trying to educate children from the Chaurasia community about their rights. They need to be told that the Indian constitution safeguards their rights like the right to education, right to live with dignity, and right to be protected from any dangerous occupation till the age of 18, while also giving them rights that adults have. A legal framework exists but due to lack of knowledge and lack of available help and resources, children from vulnerable sections often suffer. We want to ensure that not only do the children know their rights but adults know the legal repercussions of any exploitation.”
It has been seen around the world and across societies that legal framework and provisions alone have never been sufficient to bring about a revolutionary change. More people have to be educated and made a part of a social movement. Better education, better employment opportunities, social measures, and provision of basic amenities can build a society where no one is exploited. Along with this, communities and groups must work together to ensure that no children are exploited anywhere. This does not just apply to employment but also applies at home or school. Children are the most vulnerable section of the whole society and they must be protected to give shape to a strong, independent and patriotic generation. A senior member of the Akhil Bharatiya Adarsh Chaurasia Mahasabha also shared the vision of his organisation. He said, “The last two years restricted our on-ground activities to a great extent. But now we are again reviving the teams to reach out to the marginalised sections of the Chaurasia community. We aim to educate, train, and involve children in recreational activities. We want them to be ready to defend themselves while also preparing adult members to provide help and support to children of the community. We want to ensure that even adolescents can make a living in a dignified and non-hazardous manner while being safe from any kind of exploitation. We want to be fully equipped to provide them with remedial measures as and when needed. It is a difficult road to walk as it is a social problem where one may have to face opposition from close quarters as well. But when has social change ever been easy? With our leader Mr Ramesh Chaurasia providing guidance, motivation and vision, we are going to nurture the children of the community to reach their potential and to weave happy dreams.”