The People’s Voice Society was constituted in the year 2009 with an objective of instilling human values, raising levels of public awareness on all social issues concerning every citizen of their rights and obligations.
Currently, we are working on changes in the social fabric of the society, which over a period of time will unify the divide that is seen in the society and ease social tensions
Indian society as in 2015
Historically, the society has been divided not only by Religions but also by Caste, Creed and Regions. Even after 68 years of Independence and a Unified Political system, the society at grassroots remains fragmented and full of divisions.
However, now there is an increasing realization by the growing younger population, Sociologists and Economists that fruits of Economic development can only be enjoyed if the various divides are minimized.
Every Indian to be truly INDEPENDENT and FREE. Then only will INDIA be a developed economy with a vibrant society which will be peaceful, progressive and devoid of all caste, Region and Religious Divisions.
Process of Transition
We strongly believe that to pull the Country out of the current polarized and divided society, a process needs to be initiated in all parts of the Country. Small but significant steps should be taken up to dilute religious, cast or regional differences. Granted, that this is one gigantic task, but we are of firm resolve to start the process.
Recommending the following initial steps:
- Educate, promote and encourage marriages of inter caste, inter religion and inter region.
- Propagate and educate with publicity material through digital media, print and electronic media views of leading personalities, celebrities, sportsmen and opinion makers.
- Organize and Sponsor interactive talks, Seminars, Debates in High Schools, Colleges and Universities.
- Role of Universities and Colleges – Even though we realize that any changes in the Society cannot be enforced or brought up from top to bottom, and that we need to educate and sensitize the people at grassroots level, so that the mindset changes. Yet Universities and Colleges have a very crucial role to play in this “Social Revolution”.
The young mind is more receptive to changes than the older generation which is more steadfast and dogmatic in their thinking. Therefore, we need to harness this Youth brigade to be the agents of change. These very youth can then be channelized to spread the awareness in rural, semi-urban areas through discussions, street plays and engagement with Panchyats.
To realize the above goal we need to first engage the Vice Chancellors, Professors, Lecturers and other Stake holders to bring them on board. Once that has been done, they will then organize interactive sessions, lectures, seminars, art exhibitions, and plays to propagate and educate the youth.
- Role Government can play – As we have to sensitize the young generation with new ideas, it becomes impossible without active Government support and we cannot make any progress. As a first step we are looking at fiscal and social benefit to be offered to those marrying from a different religion or caste or region. This could be in the form of cash donation, Income Tax rebates and free education or similar other concessions etc. A group of expert persons will have to formulate this policy. After giving impetus by incentivizing, Govt. should explore the following pertinent questions about how and when to bring the following changes;
- Treating all Indians at one level. No Section of Society to be given any special treatment.
- The word “Minorities” be removed from the Constitution. No further enumeration of population based on religion basis. Nobody needs to know the religion-wise composition of Indian society.
- All reservations based on Caste system should be scrapped and should only be offered if required for economically weaker Sections of Society. The Supreme Court striking down reservations for Jats is thus in the right direction.
- Ministry of Minority Affairs be changed to Ministry of Human Rights, looking after the interest of all human beings not a particular Section.
- Income Tax benefit given to “Hindu Undivided Family” should be withdrawn.
- All kinds of privileges, benefits and reservations given to Religious Minorities Group should be scrapped.
- Important issues of Gender sensitization– While we approach the youngsters with the idea of mixed marriages, we feel it is also very important to sensitize the young mind to respect the other gender. God has created two genders which are complimentary to each other; one without the other is incomplete. The need to make the young child understand the difference and to respect that difference and not to enter into competition in the sense to defeat the other. A child needs to be taught both at home and at school that both the genders are mentally equal, the physical difference is the creation of nature, which needs to be accepted and respected. Too much attention on competition gives rise to ego clashes, which should be avoided. When today’s young boys and girls become tomorrow’s husband, father or wife and mother, they should appreciate the difference is to be respected and to understand the complementary role rather than competition. What is happening at present, violence by young men towards women is result of faults in the upbringing of yesterday’s child who is today’s youth. Going forward, the present child should see the world with more respect for each other’s the gender, for tomorrow’s better balanced society. If the process of sensitizing is started now, we shall feel a perceptible difference in next 20 years.
Similarly, there is a great need for the young mind also to be sensitized on the fact that the color of skin does not determine the character of a human being. Today’s mind set is all white is good and dark is ugly. Along with the idea of mixed marriages, respect for each other especially women, the sensitization on the color of skin is equally important.
We, at The People’s Voice do understand, mixing of different regions/ castes/ religions in educated class has started, not now but 20-30 years ago. The respect and acceptance of each others’ religion is quite OK. The problem is very stark in rural areas. Honor killing is a grueling manifestation of this deep rooted problem of old traditions and rigid mind sets. Unless we can reach out to rural youth with better education, and sensitize them for equal respect for women, Indian society cannot change in any significant manner.
While we understand our efforts in metros and urban areas will bear some fruits, which in any case are not very important, the real change will come with the right kind of sensitizations taking place in rural areas.
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