Social media has given us all a voice – we often use it to communicate our points of view and sometimes, comment and pass judgements on things that we have no idea about. It is very easy to lose perspective when one is voicing views in this virtual world.
On February 14, while love was in the air, and people were celebrating their togetherness, a ghastly attack was laid on the troops of the Central Reserve Police Force in Pulwama by a Jaish-e-Mohammad militant. It resulted in the loss of 44 martyrs and the wounding of 20 others.
Instant status updates and tweets demanded retaliation and retribution – which continue – but what are we doing to help the families who have perhaps lost their only earning member?
Here are some initiatives by various groups and individuals, which hopefully, will dim all the noise on social media and help those who really need it.
IAS batch of 2018 – Mussoorie
Officer Trainees (OTs) of the 2018 batch came together to support the families of the martyrs. Ketan Garg, one of the OTs we spoke to, says that minutes after they sent out a message on WhatsApp, their were able to get confirmations from others.
While the idea was mooted by him, it found unanimous support from the batch.
Ketan says, “Having seen first-hand the work that the army personnel put in, we had to do this from a humanitarian ground. And with our recently concluded winter tour, the time we spent with them left a telling mark on a majority of us.”
The intent is to work with armed forces, and this is our way of standing by and showing our solidarity, says Ketan.
The 180 OTs of this batch have contributed money equivalent to their one day’s salary to that of 15 days. They have collected about Rs 7 lakh and will be handing it over to the Inspector General of the CRPF in Dehradun.
Fatehpur Beri comes together – Delhi
A village in South-West Delhi saw many of its residents come out and be a part of a candlelight march.
According to a report published in NDTV, Rakesh Tanwar, said, “We have collected Rs 50,000 so far. The aim is to collect Rs 4 lakh, at least Rs 1 lakh for each daughter (of the soldiers). We will make a fixed deposit for the children. If in future they come to stay or study in the nearby areas of Fatehpur Beri, we will arrange all the accommodation and food expenses for them.”
The villagers of Fatehpur Beri are helping the families of Bhagirath Singh (Dholpur), Narayan Gurjar (Rajsamand) and Jeetram (Alwar) who belonged to the community.
Scooter Parts Association – Mumbai
Mumbai is known for its generosity and proving that right, on Sunday, a homage meeting was organised by Scooter Parts Association. Attended by almost 200 shop owners from the Grant Road area, Rs 18 lakh was collected within ten minutes of making the appeal.
It was heartening to see how people from all walks of life came forward to contribute.
According to a report published in ToI, a bhel puri vendor pledged his entire day’s earnings, which were about Rs 1,100, while three others pledged earnings from their day too.
Indian cricketers come forward
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) February 17, 2019
Shikhar Dhawan, Virender Sehwag and Mohammed Shami have made monetary contributions and also appealed to others to follow suit.
Sehwag said that he would “take complete care of the education of the children” of the CRPF jawans who died in the terror attack.
“Nothing we can do will be enough, but the least I can do is offer to take complete care of the education of the children of our brave CRPF jawans martyred in #Pulwama in my Sehwag International School @SehwagSchool, Jhajjar. Saubhagya hoga,” tweeted Sehwag.
Nothing we can do will be enough, but the least I can do is offer to take complete care of the education of the children of our brave CRPF jawans martyred in #Pulwama in my Sehwag International School @SehwagSchool , Jhajjar. Saubhagya hoga 🙏 pic.twitter.com/lpRcJSmwUh
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 16, 2019
Cricketer Shami, in a report published by Indian Express, said, “When we play for our country, they stand at the borders protecting it. We stand with the families of our jawans, we will always be there for them.”
Your economic standing doesn’t matter, nor does where you live, or how eloquently you write on various platforms. What matters is your action. The Better India appeals to you to be generous in your contributions.
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(Edited by Shruti Singhal)