This is Crisis of Civilization : Sri Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Laureate – interaction with Prasoon, SPIC MACAY

NOTE by Sreeni: While Kailash ji was speaking, I just went on typing, the way I document, any interaction. So, at times, it looks like just a point and not elaborated. Kindly bear with me. In the end everything will fall into its place.

The COVID brought about such a huge calamity on the humanity. 

The struggles of the migrants, marginalized is there for everyone to see.

It is nothing less than loss of trust on humanity and government.

These migrants are in a very sad state of affairs

Children walking with parents hundreds of kilometers to their homes, collapsing for water and food. Youth carrying their elderly for hundreds of miles

Many children locked in the mines in south Africa and elsewhere.

In many places, the factories were closed, children were stuck inside. The owners ran away.

Many girls and women are pushed into the flesh trade in Thailand.

Refugees in Jordan, Syrian refugees, in turkey, they are victims of the situation.

This is the crisis of civilization.

varieties of civilizations…. A common thread

  1. Collectivism
  2. Collective thoughts and ideas
  3. Collective desire of existence
  4. Evolution of states
  5. Pursuit for freedom
  6. Learning to live with each other

Post cold-war was only driven by market economies, democracies, technology all creating big chasm

The foundations of human civilization are in danger. Economies have slowed down. In a few years there will be disaster.

What will happen to those hundreds and thousands who have lost faith, confidence in the collective?

Many students are already excluded by the economy. The accumulation of wealth, technology, political power that have been promoting consumerism and making money.

The economic inequality is the economic violence.

We need to address those issues now.

Human rights – human dignity

Governments are fighting a war against corona. People have to depend on their leader. The supreme commander will dictate his or her terms. This is the time, the combo of industrialists and state authorities will push for shrinking of laws, labour rights. In some countries, there will be amendments in the constitution, that will not even be visible.

Shrinking of human rights and economic development, together will endanger the crisis, crisis of civilization.

Domestic violence has increased at home, during the lockdown.

It will recalibrate the inter-personal relations in their own way.

People are sitting at home, a new work culture evolving. People will learn, that to work from home will be the easiest way. Office buildings will be converted into workshops. Twitter has already pronounced every employ will work from home. Psychological issues will increase. The emotional relationships will change.

That is also going to change the public behaviour. Will not allow us to shake hand, hug… civilization will change. We need to look deeply and find solution to the crisis.

Good thing is, Pandemic made sure that we all think globally, we are connected. We all must work together for the solutions. We have globalized markets, production, technology…

We need to globalize compassion. Universalization of mutual responsibility.

The circle has to grow. Let us exercise, as a human being, as a family, as a citizen, to practice, supply chain of gratitude.

Equally applicable in board rooms. Start thinking, make sense, proliferate supply chain of gratitude. Industrial relationships change, trust will come back.

When we live in this age of AI, IOT, Robotics…. Technology, politics, economy everything needs to be compassionate.

“Last person in the society is the most important. When you make a policy, keep in mind and think of the last person of the society, the poorest of the poor, the most miserable and assess if he is protected, if smile can appear on his face, then only go for those policies.”

We must revive it, revisit it. Revive it.

Tomorrow, we are going to launch a new campaign. Laureates and Leaders for children.

Call going to all the state heads…

To be compassionate towards the marginalized, of the loans financial institutions are giving (5 trillion)… one trillion should go to 20% of the population, so that they do not die of hunger, thirst, joblessness, diseases….

Adequate funding is given to the marginalized… Use your mobiles to raise your voices, to make sure not child is left out.

Q&A

  1. Child activism, Social disparity. From electrical engineer, how did you become an activist?
    1. It was during the first day of the school, when I was 5-year-old, I saw a cobbler boy at the gate, of same age… why a boy is sitting outside, not with us. Poor children have to work
    1. Similar answers were given by parents and elders….
    1. One day I stopped and gathered all courage and asked his father
    1. I never thought about it. From generations we have been doing the same work
    1. School janeki liey aap hain, hum log yahi karne ke liye hain
    1. No child is born to be working.
  • What learned people say, may not always be right
    • Why should you trust. Have courage to question. Do not accept on the face value
    • I always learnt to question. Courage to question
    • Commitment to find answer to that question. You will ever be young.
    • Father was a police constable, mother, elder brother took care of my education
    • That day when I left my job, my mother was crying
    • I embarked upon a cause, that no body acknowledged then
    • It is not about charity. Hand of the giver is always upper hand, the receiver hand is lower
    • Started a magazine dedicated for children, marginalized, adivasis, harijans, women, Dalits..
    • One day Vasal Khan got hold of magazine, whose daughter was being sold to a brothel
    • Seventeen years ago they were taken to brick kiln, not paid…. Slavery
    • Sabo, daughter, was being bought for a brothel
    • I will hold everyone responsible and not make this happen
    • Wife Sumedha… sold wedding ornaments… for rescue operations
    • Approached the court, we rescued 32 women and children….
    • More than 90K children and parents of the children have been rescued.
  • IS there a depravation of culture values, at the root cause?

SPICMACAY is working with children to strengthen the core values.

At our ashrams, we promote all kind of cultural, art, music we use for healing and building the self-confident. SPIC MACAY can play a huge important role

Human liberty, equality, equity, peace are very important

Our sastriya sangeet and dance have strong messages of the universality

Karuna or compassion, empathy, can feel the suffering of others as your own

Compassion is divine, when you feel others suffering is yours, then you act to alleviate the suffering.

You need leadership and courage to take initiative

A quest to make the world better and connect the world together

Get rid of ego and selfishness.

And art and culture can inculcate

  • 100 millions for 100 millions – how is it looking up?
    • My trust is with youngsters
    • They are passionate and pursuing the cause
    • Laureates and leaders are with these
    • 100millions are suffering, victims of violence, poverty, slavery, trafficking
    • 100 million youth are ready to take the challenge for change
    • I want to create the purpose and platform.
    • We have more than 30 countries that have joined, outreach in 100 countries
    • The All African students unions, common wealth students unions they will be voice and changemakers for the 100 million deprived
    • They can be changemakers, policy makers, …..
    • I call upon everyone to join 100million campaign, laureates and leaders are well synced
    • 20% for 20% marginalized people
  • How are you spending time during the lock down?
    • ISSUES of the marginalized and children cannot fall out of the radar
    • Every day a couple of webinars
    • Most of the time, I talk to the leaders,
    • CMs every day and then Union ministers
    • We are in much more in demand, when the various Laureates and Leaders are in demand
    • I cook, vegetarianism
    • Play carrom
    • I was good at carrom; Now Sumedha plays better
    • I write blog, write poem
    • Twitter also keeps me busy
  • Movie, Dragons – Boman Irani has portrayed you.. how do you feel the portrayal
    • It is a very powerful film
    • Another film – price of free – watch the documentary
    • Both films have sensitized people about the menace of slavery
  • Is there any one country – a model for child protection?
    • Scandinavian countries are the cluster that have been honest
  • Kya yeh yuva pedhi kum samvedhan sheel hai?
    • The elders will always push you to go ahead… and do not care for others
    • Identity of faith is another
    • Masculinity, destructive
    • Have courage to ask questions so that the compassion is not dead
  • How do social reformers like you take care of your own mental health while taking care of many overwhelming issues
    • How much do you enjoy your work is the key
      • It is like a worship, yoga
      • Spiritual practice
      • God is inside us. I would like to worship that god, in every nature element
    • I have learnt to celebrate small successes, events
      • I am talking to you Prasoon ji, and scores of youth
      • Always enjoy these small events… do not wait for the big ones
  • How do we with limited constraints, how can we play a part in this
    • Be more practical – visit our websites, social media accounts
    • Add your voice to save humanity, joining the 100 mn campaign

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