This issue is dedicated to the legendary personality for whom sacrifices were duties. This man was none other than Nelson Mandela, and the day, July 18 is marked as Nelson Mandela Day. The theme for this year's Nelson Mandela Day is 'Action Against Poverty'.
Here is an excerpt from the UN website: Every year on 18 July — the day Nelson Mandela was born — the UN asks individuals around the world to mark Nelson Mandela International Day (18 July) by making a difference in their communities. Everyone has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better, and Mandela Day is an occasion for everyone to take action and inspire change.
For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity — as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation is dedicating this year's Mandela Day to Action Against Poverty, honouring Nelson Mandela's leadership and devotion to fighting poverty and promoting social justice for all.
While we, the people like you and me, use technology to read and publish an editorial like this, you must know that we are doing nothing but simply observing the day. Literature of an e-zine cannot reach the poor, but yes, it can ask the human being in you to be more observant towards this particular topic, poverty. Yes, everyone is living their fights in this cruel world, but being poor keeps one away from even participating in their fights. Let's think of alternatives to eradicate poverty. Let's not just assume that we shall drop a coin in a begging bowl every Monday or Saturday. Let's think of one step above this.
I urge the inventors and innovators to get around the problem of poverty through technology, just like making low cost designs of systems that can be a source of employment for the poor. I know it is absurd to ask without doing a thing, but may be, everyone is writing editorials to observe a Day, and not have the idea to put a proposal. May be, most of them just mention social workers and not technologists.
"Technology is a free bird. We need to flap its wings for the right reason, that is, for people."
And hinting at poverty, the people of Assam are once again struck by the calamities, and we are helpless. Guwahatian acknowledges the individuals and organizations for lending support to the ones in distress. The problem once again remains ignored, while other incidents of poor importance find futile mentions in the national news. It seems to not matter if the problem is annual; what matters is if the information is viewed by people. So, we find a number of news channels broadcasting entertainment instead of information. Only once if the Centre could look into the matter, but, perhaps those days are yet to come and this saddens us.