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Old July 9th, 2009, 01:31 PM
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Should giving alms be banned in India?

This is a topic close to my heart and hope we can get a good discussion on this. Everytime I see a little boy or girl beg on the streets of Bombay it just infuriates me. On my last trip as I was traveling by taxi saw these kids on the street. A little girl, about 5-6 years old, carrying another year-old boy and she was slapping away at the boy... trying to make him cry. Before I could yell out at her, the taxi wala (a kind-hearted sardarji whose kids were abroad and well-settled but he wants his freedom so keeps driving) shouted a warning at her. The whole situation was pitiable and I felt like screaming at our shameless country.


For years our country has been fighting this scourge but in vain. Maybe because of the lack of heart in our politicians... maybe because of lack of resources... maybe the people themselves have lost hope. But whatever the reason, is it really so hard? Is is really hard to get rid of poverty? and to get rid of beggars? I believe it is not so. There is a very simple solution... and it will save so many kids... from being kidnapped... from getting their limbs chopped of... from being made blind. Ban giving alms. Make it a crime... just say no to giving alms to anybody. If you feel generous, donate to some social institution, institutions that have been established and that are audited yearly. Develop some good ones in the country, and let people who find these beggars on the street drop them at these places.


Will that be hard? I am sure making it illegal shouldn't be hard. And it will solve a very basic need of the country. The helping out part might be tough to implement... but we do have many such institutions around the country. Publicize them... and let people donate legally.


Let's make India a clean country... let us echans start with this small action. Don't ever give alms... neither let our near and dear ones do so. Spread the fact. Giving alms might give us a moment of peace... but it gives a country years of heartache. Let's just stop doing this.
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Old July 9th, 2009, 01:41 PM
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Re: Should giving alms be banned in India?

Begging is the second biggest business in India after Politics so the chances of it getting banned is very far.

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This is a topic close to my heart and hope we can get a good discussion on this. Everytime I see a little boy or girl beg on the streets of Bombay it just infuriates me. On my last trip as I was traveling by taxi saw these kids on the street. A little girl, about 5-6 years old, carrying another year-old boy and she was slapping away at the boy... trying to make him cry. Before I could yell out at her, the taxi wala (a kind-hearted sardarji whose kids were abroad and well-settled but he wants his freedom so keeps driving) shouted a warning at her. The whole situation was pitiable and I felt like screaming at our shameless country.


For years our country has been fighting this scourge but in vain. Maybe because of the lack of heart in our politicians... maybe because of lack of resources... maybe the people themselves have lost hope. But whatever the reason, is it really so hard? Is is really hard to get rid of poverty? and to get rid of beggars? I believe it is not so. There is a very simple solution... and it will save so many kids... from being kidnapped... from getting their limbs chopped of... from being made blind. Ban giving alms. Make it a crime... just say no to giving alms to anybody. If you feel generous, donate to some social institution, institutions that have been established and that are audited yearly. Develop some good ones in the country, and let people who find these beggars on the street drop them at these places.


Will that be hard? I am sure making it illegal shouldn't be hard. And it will solve a very basic need of the country. The helping out part might be tough to implement... but we do have many such institutions around the country. Publicize them... and let people donate legally.


Let's make India a clean country... let us echans start with this small action. Don't ever give alms... neither let our near and dear ones do so. Spread the fact. Giving alms might give us a moment of peace... but it gives a country years of heartache. Let's just stop doing this.
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Re: Should giving alms be banned in India?

Well, we don't have to ban it from a legal perspective, which agreed will be very hard to do in India. But what is stopping us from doing it from a social perspective. Word-of-mouth. Just tell everyone you see or meet not to give any alms. Many of us visit temples/churches/masjids and when we come out, we see an array of beggars all waiting to satisfy us. Well, this is where we tell our family not to give any money... and refrain from doing so ourselves. Pretty soon, this will spread around... and hopefully... if given time, no one will give any alms... end of business... end of children kidnapped for this business... end of everyday family fights amongst the poor over lack of money.
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Re: Should giving alms be banned in India?

Then how will Madhur Bhandarkar make films like Traffic Signal?
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