In these tumultous times ,when our economy, society and wellness suffer, we need to test our ideologies critically. Let us see, what are the biggest challenges our society faces. Poverty , communalism ,degrading politics ,gaping socio-economic , violence against women and children , terrorism , wellness issues and increasing isolation in individuals- these are a few of problems known today.
The Ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has led to loss in livelihoods and incomes all the world over. This has pushed more than 20 million people into poverty in India alone. The heavy loss ,especially in informal economy accounting for 94% of India’s workforce -makes it an economic crisis. Unskilled labour force has taken the most brutal impact. The Crisis highlights long standing problem of access to education and employment pattern.
Globally , according to the World Bank – there is a huge dive of $142 Bn in Global remittances by migrant workers in 2020.
The increase in incidents of communal hatred speeches and attacks has created problems worse than virus. The distrust and hostility between communities prevails.
The spirit of cooperation between states and Centre has been undermined for quite some time. The recent spat between West Bengal and Delhi regarding IMCTs and handling of coronavirus has made relations more fragile.
The recent rise in reported cases of domestic violence against women has brought forth yet another global crisis. The physical ,verbal and mental abuse of Women and girls in work and public places has always haunted modern society.
The increasing spread of terrorism – recent bomb blasts in a Sikh shrine in Afghanistan, Christchurch shooting in New Zealand ,Easter Attacks in Sri Lanka. All point to the fact that terrorism is spread everywhere. Frequent insurgency attacks in J&K in India have taken thousands of lives over recent years.
Finally, the rising resentment and frustration among people is a big crisis too. The instances of children killing themselves over games or social media issues point in this direction. The lockdown has also brought fear and loneliness in lives of millions- making them hollow. These mental and psychological problems serve as preface to all of above cited issues.
All these problems challenge us to think about the basic order of society and its relationship with self. We need to look for sustainable solutions all around us.