Very often, I see people around me devoted to social networking sites. They read, share, discuss, opine and debate on various issues of social relevance. I was not quite a game unless my friends, colleagues, near and dear ones – all equally, convinced me to share my experiences as a child rights activist on a broader platform. It made sense.
It has been 30 years since I started raising voice for child rights. It has been my entire life I have been associated with the issue. I was six. It was my first day at school. It was the first question I asked in my school life when I saw a boy of my age working as a cobbler – Why are some children born to go to schools and lead a good life while others toil each moment? Teachers, elders, family and people around – they all answered my question but I was not convinced. I completed my degree in electrical engineering and started working as a professor in an Engineering college, when I realized my heart was still searching for an answer to that question.
I started Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) along with a few friends against child servitude in 1980. We have been crusading against child labour and child trafficking ever since. We advocate free and quality education for all children.
Being the Chairperson of Global March against Child Labour (GMACL), President of Global Campaign for Education (GCE) and board member of various international organizations, I get an opportunity to travel across the world, witness the appalling situation children across the globe are surviving in, hear inspirational stories. Considering my capacity, I am closely associated with events which make glorious chapters of history. The citizens, all over the world remain unaware of the proceedings.
The aim of my blog is to keep a record of the events which, I am optimistic, would lead to a fabulous future. It is not just a blog. It is more likely to become a history book, which would be a reference point for others. It is a board where an average citizen would be motivated to stand up for his rights and for those around him.