In India, love is in the air everehere and everytime. Bollywood circulates billions per year cashing it on love. Billions are also reported to be lost down the love's drain because of inactivity and emotional disbalance induced into love-smitten youth. But, I wonder where the love-phenomena loses that force in another dimension of love - love of children to old parents?
With break down of Joint Family and old values old people are being continuously neglected by the society. Imagine how bad the situation is when widows in the 'widow-capital of the country' Vrindavan have to be dismembered and dumped into garbage due to lack of funds for proper rites?http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2784876.ecehttp://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/vrindavan-widows-allowance-hiked/article4450515.ece
Insentivities in India has no limits but this seemed nadir to me. India doesn't have any proper social security system for its elderly. In the coming years, India is going to have population %age of its elderly rise to unprecedented levels as Demographic Transition matures. How are we going to handle this situation? What are the factors driving such poor conditions? Let's find out.
To me factors driving this thing are
Cultural factor: with increasing materialistic nature of modern human, old values like caring of the old seems to be not-cool/out of time. + Generation Gap + Joint family system is breaking down where old people had an institutional power source + migration of children and either parents dnt wanna go or children dont want them to come with them
Economic Factor: increasing cost of living in modern days where drinking water is to be bought. leave aside joint family, even nuclear family is impossible to run (internet, hifi coaching are also an necessity in addition to health, bread and butter) particularly for urban poor.
Solution: What i believe is If there is a will we can amass enough resources for old people's sake. We have good enough GDP and growth rate than in the past
*legally bind children for parents care jus like a divorcee husband has to pay maintainence for ex-wife and punish detractors and charge huge fines
*If children economically weak, government will take care > develop a social security model > community old care homes can be funded through income tax on whole of the population rich and poor alike
*Rope in NGOs like Help Age and Sulabh International, mandatorily Old age CSR / old people budget
*Retired educated people can be roped in giving them flexible employment and use fund generated to their and general old-people welfare
Please come up with your own ideas regarding
*nature of the problem
*causes of the problem
and Drona asked,"what do you see?","the sparrow's eye!"......and Krishna replied,"Turning their discerning mind to That, directing their whole conscious being to That, making That their whole aim and the sole object of their devotion, they go whence there is no return"