A man stood before God, his heart breaking from the pain of injustice in the world. Dear God,” he cried out, “Look at all the suffering, anguish and misery in your world. Why don’t you send help?” God responded, “I did send help. I sent you.”
India may be proud of her technological and industrial progress during the past 64 years. She can boast of the electric appliances and electronic gadgets, the two-in-ones, three-in-ones proudly displayed on the shelves of her supermarkets. There are 3,765 models of television sets, 283 types of washing machines, 333 kinds of refrigerators, 148 models of cars, numerous models of motorbikes, cameras, computers, stereo sets, over 250 satellite and cable channels, an expanding cell-phone network – indigenously produced or with collaboration.
But these luxury items are meant for whom? Only for the affluent middle class and the wealthy.
What about the poor masses of India who form the great majority? Their flight is deplorable.
480 million people in our country do not have a square meal a day.
Newspapers still report starvation deaths in some parts of India every year.
450 million people do not have access to clean drinking water.
Poverty and debt drive thousands to commit suicide every year.
680 million people do not have electricity at home
50 per cent of villages are without road connectivity.
500 million people cannot read or write. Illiteracy among the women is deplorable. The condition of our educational system is lamentable – dilapidated schools, unmotivated teachers, poor standards, irresponsible management, corruption and helpless parents. It is a vicious cycle where hopelessness breeds further hopelessness. India justice is not only delayed justice but often denied. To date 30 million cases are pending in various courts of the country. Many judges are totally corrupt – mere puppets in the hands of the rich and the powerful. (From a recent report from India Today)
Today if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other – that man, that woman, that child is my brother or my sister. If everyone could see the image of God in his neighbour, do you think we still need tanks and generals? (Mother Teresa)
Everyone needs to heed the call to peace and justice. I believe that if we begin by lighting a candle where we are, instead of cursing the darkness around us, light will shine… If everyone lights a candle wherever they are and shed a little light, the whole of India will be lit one day!