K Mohan @ Moga
'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease
If an old person is suffering and asking for food means, we can understand and give him some food or money. There are some people who say that they are ready to work but work is not there for them. For such people, we may give some food to eat but not money.
I have seen many beggars who use the money they collected for smoking and drinking. It is not advisable to help them and offer them money. In the olden days in villages, many beggars were coming and people used to give them some raw rice or cooked rice but not money. But these days giving money has become very common and the beggars are using them for wrong purposes.
It is true that we should not give them anything in free but what is the work that we can take from them. The clever ones would simply refuse for it.
We do not have sufficient orphanage and other homes for them where we can take work from them and give food to them.
When there is no solution then the simplest which comes to mind is either throw a coin on them or just go away from them.
Knowledge is power.
But begging it has got a respectability and news value of a high earning profession in the present days. This has opened up venues of racket and mafia running begging groups. Begging has been turned up a sort of agent -run profession where the operational beggars actually are in effect paid employees. This is what we get to read in media off and on.
Begging is said to be a profession 'where the whole turnover is profit'. So with the basic human attraction for easy money without putting up hard work, begging will continue in any society. A remedy is to prevent new children entering to this . Unless a strong and comprehensive measure of reward, steady earning job opportunity and strong deterrent punishment is implemented any kind of rehabilitation won't help. That will be just waste of resources. In place of old batch, new batch will come that is all.
As public i is also easy for us to simply drop a few coins and forget it. Though the coin is an affordable insignificant value to us we do not mind it and feel self proud of being help to someone.
It is not right and not possible on our part to evaluate, scrutinise and judge on each case as whether deserving or not. For those who beg they also know that they can easily earn from those few hundreds among the thousands they extend hands to.
I will not say eradicating begging is impossible. It is possible. But for that we need strong political will, strong governance, proper infrastructure facilities and job opportunities giving minimum earning for a normal living. Who will take such a risky task, when elections are contested every five years or less?
Even people who are less able should be helped in various ways. Of course, many of them do not accept sympathy by taking money from others but they would like others to get them jobs.
So we need not be too harsh on beggars without knowing the reality behind begging.
Before the present day 'crowd funding' the principle of crowd funding was put into practice by beggars. Instead of using the word begging we use many camouflages like market funding, crowd funding, stock market, etc. Even big industries are run on money given by others. Political parties collect 'bucket donations'. All of them are akin to begging, though not termed so. Those who need it and do not have it, they take it from others- beg, borrow or steal-practically that is happening.
When big amount is given as dole it is termed as charity and welfare act, but when small coins are given it is despised by the term begging.
What a human irony !!