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Inequality (Economically) Is Increasing More Than Ever, And India Is Not Even Trying To End It

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Inequality can be seen in every phase of life around the world. It is natural in some cases. However, in the modern world, inequality in terms of human development is a manmade phenomenon. In India, the gap between the haves and have not is unfathomable to such an extent that at times talking about is rendered inconsequential. But, the reports that come from time to time make us realize that the increasing bay of inequality is a ticking time bomb.

The index released by UK-based charity Oxfam International’s ‘Commitment to Reducing Inequality (CRI), India is 147th among 157 countries on their commitment to reducing inequality which also shows how colossal the problem is and government’s claims of massive changes in people’s lives are just talks.

Oxfam also described India’s commitment to decrease inequality under, “A very worrying situation”  because India is home to over 1.3 billion people. “Oxfam has calculated that if India were to reduce inequality by a third, more than 170 million people would no longer be poor,” the index notes.

“Government spending on health, education, and social protection is woefully low and often subsidizes the private sector. Civil society has consistently campaigned for increased spending,” it adds. While India ranked 147th out of 157 countries, Denmark topped the list in reducing inequality. According to the Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index developed by Oxfam and Development Finance International, Nigeria, Singapore, India and Argentina are among the countries where the governments are fuelling inequality. The US lacks the commitment to reduce the gap between its population, the report said. The other western countries, however,  are doing better. The top ten include Germany (2nd), Finland (3rd), Austria (4th), Norway (5th), Belgium (6th), Sweden (7th), France (8th), Iceland (9th) and Luxembourg (10th).

China does better in terms of ranking and it’s placed at 81st  on the list which means it’s doing its bit better than India.

Regarding China, the report said it “spends more than twice as much of its budget on health than India, and almost four times as much on welfare spending, showing a much greater commitment to tackling the gap between rich and poor”.

“What’s most striking is how clearly the index shows us that combatting inequality isn’t about being the wealthiest country or one of the biggest economies. It’s about having the political will to pass and put into practice the policies that will narrow the gap between the ultra-rich and the poor,” Matthew Martin, Development Finance International’s director, said.

This profile is handled by multiple team members jointly.

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Parle & Bajaj Refuse to Advertise on News Channels Carrying ‘Toxic Content’, Social Media Likes That

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After fake TRP manipulation racket by several news broadcasters, Parle Products and Bajaj have decided not to advertise on news channels that are broadcasting ‘toxic and aggressive content’

“We are exploring possibilities wherein other advertisers can come together and sort of put a restraint on their advertising spends on news channels, so that there is some sort of a clear signal to all the news channels, that they better change their content,” Krishnarao Buddha was quoted as saying.

Industrialist Rajiv Bajaj, who is managing director of Bajaj Auto, also declared that his company has blacklisted 3 news channels for endorsing toxic content.

Last week, the Mumbai Police claimed to have busted a major TRP manipulation scheme by at least three TV channels, including Republic TV. Mumbai Police alleged that households were paid to keep channels switched on the entire day and boost the TRPs for certain channels.

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Difficulties Faced By A Special Child

Ramnika Chadha

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Raising a child with special needs does not take a special family. It makes a special family!

Introduction

Every child needs love, care, encouragement, support, etc. For kids with special needs, we need
to be extra careful and cautious. They need more and more positivity from us. Such positive
reinforcement can ensure that these children emerge with a stronger sense of confidence, self-
worth, and determination to moving on even when the situations are tough. In searching for
different ways to help children with disabilities, we should remember that we are going to help
them so they could help themselves. We cannot “cure” their disabilities, but we can give them
the social and emotional tools they need to work through challenges.

God has made us all different. Every human is different in terms of their bodies, minds,
mentalities, and personalities. Every human, every person is beautiful in their own ways. It
is widely said that children are the gifts from God and gifts, regardless of how they are
physically, are beautiful. When a child is born, there are some traits and things that he/she
inherits whereas there are things that he/she develops over time.  There are times when due
to some pregnancy complications, children develop some issues even before they are born. These
physically challenged children, as they grow, face a lot of issues. They require special attention and opportunities.

FinOwlish is a wealth management company that is forming a trust which will help in parenting special children. It assists in finding the right hospital, doctor, and healthcare facilities. They also help the parents of these physically or mentally challenged kids to find the right counselors, training, and special schools. Other than these, the organization will help in financial planning and how they will manage their lives after their parents are no more. FinOwlish is the one-stop solution for these children to ensure their financial lives are balanced even after they are left alone. At  FinOwlish, they ensure that no special child is left alone; they constantly work towards the betterment of their lives. May it be education, healthcare, needs, etc.; the organization works on everything that is possible to make the children’s and their parents’ lives easier.

Mr. Shaibal Kumar Bhadauri

Mr. Shaibal Kumar Bhaduri (Director, FinOwlish) is one of the Best Financial Consultants in India. He holds 30+ Years of Experience in the Financial Market. He has a special child with a disability called Global Development Delay. This is an umbrella term used for children who are significantly delayed in their cognitive and physical development. It can be diagnosed when a child is delayed in one or more milestones, categorized into motor skills, speech, cognitive skills, and social/emotional development.

When he understood about the disability, he had no information about how to take care of it. He was confused about where to go for treatments, whom to consult, where to admit his child for training or education, etc. He had zero information about the Physiotherapists or Mental Counselors. Experiencing such difficulties, he was motivated to start a Special Child Support to help those parents who are not ready for such challenges.

Children With Disabilities

About 20 % of the children suffer from debilitating mental illness. Mental disorders that are widely seen and become problematic with time include learning disorders, hyperkinetic disorders (ADHD), depression, psychosis, pervasive development disorders, attachment disorders, anxiety disorders, conduct disorder, substance abuse, and eating disorders. Living and taking care of such children can be very difficult, stressful, and hectic for the other family members. Therefore, there needs to be a determination and a strong will to live with these children. It is important in the process of finding ways to help or support caregivers to provide proper care for their children. This study was done to explore the psychological and emotional, social, and economic challenges that parents or families experience when caring for mentally ill children and what they do to address or deal with them.

Challenges Faced By Such Children

Children with special needs, need special attention as well as special care. They may face the
following issues:

Bullying

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The society is still not too open and acceptable. Everyone seems to be in a race of being the best. If they see someone who is different and not as strong and privileged as them, they tend to make fun of them. These children may face difficulties in managing and matching the standards of other children. They get bullied for not being “normal.” This generally happens in schools or social gatherings, wherein the child is being bullied about “not being normal”. Bullying can create a lot of pressure on a child’s mind and fill them negativity. All this leads to self-doubt.

Negligence

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In our everyday life, we see how people, who are lower, in any aspect to us, are neglected. These children being special, are neglected by others. They are seen as weak and unfit to get involved in normal activities. They are considered as abnormal and all these things make these children more prone to isolation.

Inferiority Complex

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When these children see how every other child is carrying out different activities and they are just sitting, they feel inferior. When other children bully them, these children get drowned into self-doubt and start questioning why are they like that. This complex is very common and can prove to be very disturbing for them.

Lack of Self-control

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Self-control is something that we gain with time. These children, as we discussed above, are more prone to bullying and negligence; so they are more likely to lose control over their senses. This lack of control, at times, takes them on a way to be violent. This indeed puts more pressure on the parents.

Overflow or Deprivation of Emotions

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These children are more likely to lose control and so they are more emotionally vulnerable. At times, they may feel and express too much; while the other times, they turn cold-hearted. This puts a negative impact on their physical and mental development.

Challenges Faced By The Parents Of Such Children

The parents of children with disabilities need to give extra attention and provide their children with more care. They may face the following difficulties:

Financial Issues

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Raising a child is a very big and difficult task, and when the child is extra special, the challenges increase. There are several things on which a household spends. These children need special care, attention, and facilities to make them feel connected with the world. The special schools’ fees, medicines, treatments, counseling, and many other things require a lot of money.

Societal Pressure

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The society has not become very acceptable, and so they tend to talk about such children. They even say harsh words to their parents that fill them with negativity. At times, parents and guardians get disheartened and demotivated for being in such a situation. As a result, the parents think that maybe the child is a burden for them or is a black mark on their social status. This demotivates them and they are unable to do more things for their child.

Time Management

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At times parents are not able to manage their time and get caught in work. While they are stuck in their offices, their child might face several issues at home. They might feel alone and left-out as such children need 24-hour attention.

Keeping the Children Happy

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To make these children feel secure, happy, and satisfied is very important so as to ensure their wellbeing. At times, parents get confused about what can be done and what would make the child happy. Sometimes, it becomes difficult for them to decide how they can make their child happy.

Conclusion

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Raising a special child is not easy, but it is not impossible also. Determination is required! The families with special kids are the blessed ones as taking care of someone is a good deed. It is a pressure for sure, but it is not bad luck. Every special child is different and every family is unique. Also, parents eventually find themselves adjusting their routines, aspirations, and expectations. Out of necessity, parents are more flexible, stubborn, compassionate, and resilient than other parents. To all the special parents out there, you can be sure of the fact that you’re not alone! Just feel comfortable and reach out for support, if needed.

There are no special needs children. Just children with special needs!

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The Damage caused by irresponsible reporting | Food for Thought for TV Editors

Ananya Sharma

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Every Indian citizen has the constitutional right of being innocent until proven guilty however today the Indian media has taken it upon themselves to be the judge, jury and the executioner. While undertaking the so called ‘expose’ they flout many directives issued by the regulatory and statutory bodies for journalistic ethics, even disregarding directions issued by the courts of the country. It is usually a trend today to use inflammatory language that instead of sharing information aims to prepare a lynch mob. Looking at Indian media today it is clear that they are far from the ethos set by the likes of Makhanlal Chaturvedi or Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi. Time and again we come across these elaborate ‘expose’ or ‘reports’ by these media houses who haven’t made the effort to crosscheck the information with the people they are naming in those said segments. The ethics for journalism have been sent down the drain and in the name of reporting, we consume sensational new pieces aimed to get more and more people to view them. Rules of basic common sense and civility also dictate that one makes the effort of at least conducting a proper background check before publishing reports that will release the wrath of millions on that single vulnerable person. This must specially be kept in mind when the allegations made are of a serious nature. The brand of journalism today has spoiled the societal way of thinking about many key issues as well. It is time that TV Editors take a cold hard look at their ways for TV reporting affects not only the way a nation looks at many popular issues but is also a mirror to the nation for an international community. If standards for journalism are not kept in mind before publishing the same for millions to view, a nation will cease to grow and instead be caught up in killing and lynching our own. 

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