Shaping Davos, Shape Sustainability | ISB, Mohali

Today, I had a chance of attendingĀ an eventĀ organized by Global Shapers, Chandigarh. The key panelists were Mr. Devinder Sharma, Mr. Arunabha Ghosh, Mr. Jyoti Kamal, Ms Sarika and Mr. Ishteyaque Amjad. It was moderated by Venkat. These are all prominent people at the level of decision making in media, at local, corporate and global levels.

The conversation started with a point that I truly believe in. If hunger is a problem and grains are rotting, then where is the problem? The problem actually lies in distribution. But are we that apathetic to human beings at large that those who see can’t take the action of distributing? Mr. Jyoti Kamal said something which was very logical that media drops the issue when the solution is round the corner because people get bored of reading/hearing such news daily. But what does a common man has? Maybe hearts and hashtags. And that is enough, in the digital age. Silence will only increase the problem. Just don’t think what will/won’t work but keep doing.

One of the important avenue where we see awareness is an initiative like raahgiri. Initially, maybe it’s just awareness but later it could take shape of maybe hundreds of Sarikas!

And then we reached a point where we introspected as to why don’t people care when they know that issues exist. The answer that the younger generation gave was due to ineffective law enforcement and snobbish attitudes. But my view is why enforce law? It is after all something that somebody thought was good to administer people but why has it become so crucial that if we don’t see cops, we feel we can do anything. Chandigarh is in a better position than other Indian cities but if even Chandigarh needs more enforcement than what will happen to other cities? The real way would be to sensitize people, to tell them that humanity is nothing but brotherhood. We need more empathy. And yes, we are all cousins, no? We may fight with each other sometimes but we do care about them.

Be honest with yourself, and then see and deal with the problem. The problem is not the government, the problem is not even your neighbor, the problem is you and me. The question is of convenience.


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  3. Rohit Jindal

    But even with all the humanity, empathy and enthusiasm to help the poor, after independence, we had pathetic human conditions with recurring famines every alternate year.

    Solving such huge problem requires fundamental change in the procurement and marketing of food, proper law and its enforcement. Only then food from surplus areas to deficit areas can be achieved.

    With about 48% leakages in PDS system, and inefficient procurement and distribution system, we cannot expect to solve this problem by mere good intentions and individual activism.

    Need of the hour is for the individuals to think big and demand accountability from power, suggest measures by adequate political activism and demanding more and more decentralization of governanace to become better participant in Decision making.

    I suggest that Direct Benifit Transfer, promoting free markets and reducing the role of government which tends to be inefficient as the only long term solution to “affordability and accessibility” problems of food.

    1. admin Author

      Very true Rohit. But by people I also mean government officials. Whatever has to happen, unless and until we empathize with people suffering and resources wasting, nothing will change.

      And regarding reducing pollution, we don’t give up our personal vehicles to save the environment. Again, only feeling about the problems and taking actions on an individual levels will help.


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