War on Poverty
Poverty is a condition in which a person finds himself unable to maintain a living standard adequate for his physical and mental efficacy. Poverty is not just a financial condition but a state of mind , which is coupled with lack of opportunity, lack of appropriate education and diminished hope. It is not a genetic disorder but it is continued to be ancestral property by illiteracy and it wields its destructive influence at every stage of human life from the moment of conception to grave.
The poor are forced into occupations that harm their health. Due to lack of access to health care and education, they live shorter lives and in general lack access to resources and means to improve their lives. These social and economic aspects of poverty are inextricably linked.
But are the poor to be blamed for their own predicament? Have they been lazy, made poor decisions and been solely responsible for their plight? What about the government? Have they pursued policies that actually harm successful development? Will addressing these underlying social factors enable people to escape poverty? Well, the list is just endless!
Poverty as such is a complex issue in itself because poverty growth and inequality effects vary across developing countries. Hence a multi-dimensional approach is required for its eradication. Poverty reduction and acceleration of economic growth have been the primary targets of policy makers in many developing countries for example Millennium Development Goal (2015). It is an eight goals target to eradicate hunger and poverty, promote human dignity, gender equality and achieve peace, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability and developing a global partnership for development as a way of improving the globe.
This form of empowerment has no doubt improved the socio-economic status by addressing inequality in the society and also made them more aware of their health needs and other environmental issues, but did not do the needful. To sum up, Millennium summit had its own merits and demerits. It is now pretty obvious that complete eradication of poverty still remains a dream, but if we decide to fight against this human ill the day is not far when this dream might come true. Neither approach is perfect in its methods for the alleviation and reduction of poverty.
I believe instilling hope, creating opportunities, accessibility to health care with sound economic policies and of course education which in-turn improves the status of people in the society over time can help us win over this biggest evil of all times. I would hence like to conclude with a famous quote of Mahatma Gandhi “I cannot picture to myself a time when no man shall be richer than another. But I do picture to myself a time when the rich will spurn to enrich themselves at the expense of the poor and the poor will cease to envy the rich. Even in a most perfect world, we shall fail to avoid inequalities, but we can and must avoid strife and bitterness”. It is only then and only then this world will become a better place to live.
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