My driver Des Raj is more than 70 years of age. He joined me nearly two decades back and has continued to work for me ever since. At an age when he should be sitting at home and enjoying the winter of his life after having worked hard all his life, he has to report to a job day after day. The word ‘retirement’ does not exist for him!
Old age financial insecurity is a challenging problem for India at large, and the concept of retirement and pension evades most of the working population, especially those in the low-income workforce.
At present, 90% of India’s 487 million strong workforce is employed in the informal sector and has no social security. They are employed as domestic helps, nannies, gardeners, cooks, drivers, guards, etc. Add to it your raddi-wala, dabba-wala, dhobi, watchman, the doodh-wala and so many more. Sadly, almost none of them have any cushion for their old age.
In an age when star-studded blockbusters and Rs 100 crore movies are what people flock to see, it requires immense passion and faith in one’s own abilities to venture into theatre.
Adhiraj Sharma’s tryst with theatre began as he co-founded the street theatre society by the name of “Parindey” at his college, the Delhi College of Arts & Commerce.
That, he says, was the first time his college had a team in all the years. Adhiraj went on to script his first play titled “Bhookha Anna-daata” for the annual street play production.
“It took off well, our college out of nowhere had created a buzz in the DU theatre circuit and also on the personal front it was special since I recruited my future co-founder of Blue Phoenix Productions, Gaurav Amlani as a junior member,” recalls Adhiraj.
Online harassment or cyberbullying is now becoming a commonplace phenomenon.
It is not without reason that Pew conducted a full-fledged study to know more about it. 73% of adult internet users had seen someone being harassed online in some form or the other and an astoundingly high 40% of them had been through the dreadful experience themselves. It was also found that age and gender bore a close correlation with harassment and that social networking sites were the most common platforms for cyber bullies.
Age and gender are closely related to online harassment, with young victims being the worst victims.
For more than 8,000 years, Tibetan nomads have lived in perfect harmony with their surroundings. They have been the virtual custodians of the vast grasslands of Central Tibet, Amdo (northeast) and Kham (southeast) because they know their survival depends upon this land.
They are pastoral nomads, constantly moving from one place to another to find the best grazing grounds for their herds of yaks, sheep, goats and horses.
“First they pushed the nomads out of their homelands saying they have a backward lifestyle. Fine…what did they do to these nomads after relocating them?”