We all dream of a developed nation, a nation that provides us with better education, a nation that offers better job opportunities, a nation that produces better goods and services with advanced technology. For all this to happen, are we addressing the right issues??
When do we say a society is developed?
A society or a nation is said to be developed if it satisfies all the following requirements.
- Equitable distribution of wealth
- Equal opportunity to earn
- Fairness and Transparency
- Basic Fundamental human rights
- Access to public infrastructure, and
- big NO to Discrimination
Based on the above parameters, how developed is Bangalore as a city?
Recently, in one of the Developmental economics classes, we were taught about deprivation and its impact on the developing society.
Deprivation: it is the lack of something that is a necessity.
e.g.: money, sleep, socio-economic status, wellbeing etc.
So, to understand this topic better, I along with my close friend Shiva went in search for such deprived people. In this process we landed up in a slum near J.P Nagar, there we found one interesting person that I would like to share with you.
Bobby (name changed), a 36-year-old Transgender woman. She is highly educated, she used to work as an English Professor at one of the universities in Bangalore. She used to stay in a good locality in Bangalore. She had to quit her job because her colleagues and students used to humiliate her. They used to tease her by saying people of your community should either beg at traffic signals or become a s*x worker. She even had to leave her family because even they were against her. These series of incidences forced her to move to the slum. She says, she doesn’t care what the world thinks about her, it’s her body and she has to worship it. She also said that she didn’t want to become a commercial s*x worker (CSW) but the society forced her to become one and now the society is not ready to accept the fact that she is a CSW, they ignore her, they judge her every time. If they see her talk to some stranger, they misjudge her talk, as a way to attract the customers. She also wanted to flag the fact that society treats her like an object and not like a fellow being.
So, in this case-study, we can see that she is deprived of equitable distribution of wealth, equal opportunity to earn, basic fundamental rights and she is also a victim of discrimination on the basis of gender. Though she has the right education, required skill sets and the right attitude toward work. She is unable to get an environment when she can focus on her work. As a result, her potential to produce service (here it means producing quality graduates ) is being wasted. Which in turn is directly affecting her well-being and indirectly affecting the wellbeing of the society. Just imagine the opportunity cost to the society, which has a severe dearth of good quality teachers.
What can we as a society do?
Brothers and sisters, may I urge you through this post to recognise the importance of diversity in our society. Ideally, we should be respecting her for what she is, but at least for the economic impact, please respect her. The next time you find such a discrimination, raise your voice, do what you can to provide for these deprived.