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    Default Riders For A Cause: South India Ride against Exploitation through Child Labour

    Child Labour : Yes this barbaric practice is still rampant in many parts of India. Years that should be spent learning , playing and frolicking, far from responsibility, are instead spent in thankless errands that often turn abusive.It takes a heartless mind indeed to put a little child through such an ordeal.

    It is alarming how widespead child labour is in our country. According to the statistics given by Indian government there are 20 million child laborers in the country, while other agencies claim that it is 50 million.Children often have to work a full man-day (8 hours) at a stretch with hardly a break. The meals prodvided to these children are bare and lack any nutritional value.

    This is a time where must all put our foot down and resolve to eradicate child labour from its very roots in our society. One must choose their own form of expression to spread this social awareness against child labour. We chose what we do best and love most, ride!


    Yes, motorcycling is no longer just a form of commuting in India . For us, its a lifestyle. It is more than a mere hobby or an idle fancy but reflects in some manifestation in every aspect of our lives and we feel this is the best way in which we can express our disapproval of child labour. This time we are not just riding for ourselves but for those children who are fast losing one of the most precious gifts of life, the joy of being a child...

    Ride Details:

    Riders:

    Ashutosh (Hyperion)
    Amogh
    Anant (Antz.bin)
    Ankit (ankit63)
    Surojit (Surojit)

    We will be doing a ~3000 kms trip through Karnataka, Kerala, TN, Maharashtra and Goa from 18th to 26th Sept 2010, to spread awareness against CHILD LABOUR. The pre-decided route that we will be taking is as follows :

    Route
    Pune --> Mahabaleshwar --> Poladpur --> Panaji -- > Karwar --> Gokarna --> Kundapura --> Someshwar--> Sringeri --> Kudermukh --> Kottigehara -- > Mangalore --> Bikal --> Talparamba--> Mananthavady --> Beenachi --> OOty --> Bandipur --> Mysore --> Bangalore -- > Pune


    For exact rote map, refer this map link :Route map

    We have also created a facebook page in this regard to gather popular support. Link: Riders for a cause

    Now why CHILD LABOUR?

    We decided to create awareness against child labour through this ride because we were doing it continuously on a small individual scale. A guy named Shankar (age: 12 years) comes to my office to serve chai. I once asked him about his education, and he said that he doesn’t need that. As I continued to converse with him, I came to know how he was being exploited by this seth. He is just paid a paltry sum of Rs 70/- for a 12 hour shift. Moreover, he also gets treated like a slave by his seth. (I have a video of him saying all this). Then I slowly convinced him to go to night schools. Now he goes to a Kannad school. I felt so happy. As we were discussing about this, we realized that he is just one of the thousands of kids. So we wanted to do something, something, no matter how small it is…

    Our Plan:

    Our plan basically is to create awareness amongst the less aware by involving as much media as possible. We are also in talks with leading print media for maximum coverage of the ride so that we can reach the maximum number of people. During the ride, we will be doing the following

    1.Put stickers in Kannada, Malyalam, Tamil, Marathi and English (local language of each respective state) on our bikes and gear saying “stop child Labour”. This will help us to reach the masses, as at any point of time we will be having one sticker that is in local language.
    2. As we stop in dhabas, if we spot any child labourer, talk to them and the dhaba incharge about child labour.
    3. We plan our Get-Together with fellow xbhpians from the above mentioned states and and hence we can do something constructive all along our route.
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    Topic Approved.

    Very nice initiative there, Surojit. Will keep an eye out to look how this ride continues.
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    If the mods agree to a little OT from me, I'm penning down a thought of mine on child labour. Pls feel free to report or delete this post of mine

    Why do we always see children working in hotels & brick kiln? Why aren't our eyes opened to see so many children working on the silver & mini screens. Yes, I'm talking about the cine industry.

    I think there's a discrimination of children working in cine industry for fame versus children working at hotels for their needs. Which is more important? The fame of acting in movie or the needs to support a family?

    IMO, child labour should be discriminated even from acting on movies or should be allowed completely. There's no middle path!!!

    @Surojit, @Hyperion, @Amogh & @Antz.bin - Good luck with your mission; ride safe, ride well, enjoy & do munch the above discussion during your short breaks in the ride . And when you speak with any Dhaba owners on child labours, pls consider the thought that, the child's family might be dependant on his income unlike the kids in the cine industry who're well to do off!!!
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    @Surojit, @Hyperion, @Amogh & @Antz.bin: A very good cause all the best.

    One suggestion from me: while talking to the dhaba owners reg child labour just be careful things can turn violent if they dont like talking about it,
    Just keep this in mind..

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    Quote Originally Posted by aargee View Post
    If the mods agree to a little OT from me, I'm penning down a thought of mine on child labour. Pls feel free to report or delete this post of mine

    Why do we always see children working in hotels & brick kiln? Why aren't our eyes opened to see so many children working on the silver & mini screens. Yes, I'm talking about the cine industry.

    I think there's a discrimination of children working in cine industry for fame versus children working at hotels for their needs. Which is more important? The fame of acting in movie or the needs to support a family?

    IMO, child labour should be discriminated even from acting on movies or should be allowed completely. There's no middle path!!!

    @Surojit, @Hyperion, @Amogh & @Antz.bin - Good luck with your mission; ride safe, ride well, enjoy & do munch the above discussion during your short breaks in the ride . And when you speak with any Dhaba owners on child labours, pls consider the thought that, the child's family might be dependant on his income unlike the kids in the cine industry who're well to do off!!!
    Buddy, The children working on the silver and small screen are not being exploited at least w.r.t. wages. They are paid well, in fact, very well in some cases(eg. Darsheel Safary). What they do is by choice most of the times. They attend proper schools and get proper education. This is 1 type which is not a form of exploitation.

    The other type is children working in occupations which are non hazardous in nature. Actually the above scenario is also a special case of the same type. In this case, at least the lives of the children are not endangered due to their work environment. We have to choose a middle path and allow non hazardous employment as thats whats funding their family, food and in some cases even their own education.

    The type we need to target is when the children are subjected to inhuman work conditions, and not even paid minimum wages for it. If you see a child labourer working at a metal workshop, welding shop or a garage, that could well be termed as hazardous work conditions
    and thats what we have to target. Children work in fireworks and matchstick factories, thats what needs to be targetted. At least the child working in a TV serial is not endangering his life in the process.

    The topic concerned is a very sensitive one and needs to be handled with care. There is nothing in this world which is completely black or white. You have to learn to choose between the shades of gray.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aargee View Post
    If the mods agree to a little OT from me, I'm penning down a thought of mine on child labour. Pls feel free to report or delete this post of mine

    Why do we always see children working in hotels & brick kiln? Why aren't our eyes opened to see so many children working on the silver & mini screens. Yes, I'm talking about the cine industry.

    I think there's a discrimination of children working in cine industry for fame versus children working at hotels for their needs. Which is more important? The fame of acting in movie or the needs to support a family?

    IMO, child labour should be discriminated even from acting on movies or should be allowed completely. There's no middle path!!!

    @Surojit, @Hyperion, @Amogh & @Antz.bin - Good luck with your mission; ride safe, ride well, enjoy & do munch the above discussion during your short breaks in the ride . And when you speak with any Dhaba owners on child labours, pls consider the thought that, the child's family might be dependant on his income unlike the kids in the cine industry who're well to do off!!!
    Righto... but then again asking to do away with child labour in any form is not logical. Not everyone "chooses" to work.. its a much more complex situation.


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    Quote Originally Posted by antz.bin View Post
    Buddy, The children working on the silver and small screen are not being exploited at least w.r.t. wages. They are paid well, in fact, very well in some cases(eg. Darsheel Safary). What they do is by choice most of the times. They attend proper schools and get proper education. This is 1 type which is not a form of exploitation.
    Well, that's what we all assume since most of the things are not known to public. I'll expose 2 of them for now...
    Reality show rebuke paralyses Kolkata teenager
    Child artists: Glamorized version of child Labor

    Quote Originally Posted by antz.bin View Post
    The other type is children working in occupations which are non hazardous in nature. Actually the above scenario is also a special case of the same type. In this case, at least the lives of the children are not endangered due to their work environment. We have to choose a middle path and allow non hazardous employment as thats whats funding their family, food and in some cases even their own education.
    Well, in that case, would the Govt approve the children to work at Subway, McD, KFC, Barista or atleast CCD? They're non hazardous.

    Quote Originally Posted by antz.bin View Post
    The type we need to target is when the children are subjected to inhuman work conditions, and not even paid minimum wages for it.
    Sorry, but can't help asking; so if a minimum+ wage is provided & inhuman conditions are taken care, will the child permitted to work?

    Quote Originally Posted by antz.bin View Post
    If you see a child labourer working at a metal workshop, welding shop or a garage, that could well be termed as hazardous work conditions and thats what we have to target.
    Not necessarily; I can run a lathe workshop furnished by craftsman tools right from googles to vice. Would that still be permitted?

    Quote Originally Posted by antz.bin View Post
    Children work in fireworks and matchstick factories, thats what needs to be targetted. At least the child working in a TV serial is not endangering his life in the process.
    Its not endangering my friend, I'm talking about the reason. What's most important thing in life? Food or Fame? The ones working in fireworks are for food & the ones working in cine industry is for fame.

    Antz, the point is not about hazardous conditions or strain with work, its about a child being employed at work. Cine industry is also employing children at work & exhibiting in form of arts, but no one cares. But when a child is working at mechanic shop to support his family for food, everyone makes a big cry.

    Quote Originally Posted by antz.bin View Post
    The topic concerned is a very sensitive one and needs to be handled with care. There is nothing in this world which is completely black or white. You have to learn to choose between the shades of gray.
    That's right & that's the reason I said, support Child Labour . Instead of abolishing, impose & ENFORCE stricter laws such as...
    1. Child emergency help line for support
    2. Provide minimum wages
    3. Restrict on maximum working hours & provide compulsory education for the child

    Quote Originally Posted by satyenpoojary View Post
    Righto... but then again asking to do away with child labour in any form is not logical. Not everyone "chooses" to work.. its a much more complex situation.
    My points provided above Satyen; The ones choose to work is the one who cannot afford education or cannot learn & the one who can learn or afford education will not choose to work either
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    good initiative. few years back me and my friend did the same thing in places around hyderabad. Most of them were relectant even to speak with us, we tried several things to convince them about the benefits they will get if their child gets education atleast till 12th.

    Few questions they asked us:

    1) About the money the child used to bring home daily. We convinced them by telling about the meals programme AP govt was providing for their child if they join school.
    2) If studying is that important then why many educated are suffering of unemployment. Was very hard to convince It was real tough for us
    3) They asked us do we get money for doing all these .

    These are just few questions they might raise against you. All the best guys .

    One more question: I think Andhra also comes into south, any reasons to avoid it.
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    Interesting. I hope you guys actually make some real impact else we've seen dime a dozen rides with a mission which achieve precious little, if at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aargee View Post
    Well, that's what we all assume since most of the things are not known to public. I'll expose 2 of them for now...
    Reality show rebuke paralyses Kolkata teenager
    Child artists: Glamorized version of child Labor


    Well, in that case, would the Govt approve the children to work at Subway, McD, KFC, Barista or atleast CCD? They're non hazardous.
    Govt. may even alow that but these companies still wont do it to protect their reputation.

    Sorry, but can't help asking; so if a minimum+ wage is provided & inhuman conditions are taken care, will the child permitted to work?
    As a matter of fact, I got in touch with a labour commissioner in this regard and thats the practise they actually follow. He actually has the power to prosecute / cancel licenses of businesses employing child labourers, but they regularly let the "Non Hazardous" child employment continue as it is mostly not by choice that they work. Sometimes the case is that they are the dominant earning member off the family. You cannot end a needy person's source of livelyhood.



    Not necessarily; I can run a lathe workshop furnished by craftsman tools right from googles to vice. Would that still be permitted?
    But a child may not be smart enough to understand the importance of following safety protocol followed(IF there is one).

    Its not endangering my friend, I'm talking about the reason. What's most important thing in life? Food or Fame? The ones working in fireworks are for food & the ones working in cine industry is for fame.

    Antz, the point is not about hazardous conditions or strain with work, its about a child being employed at work. Cine industry is also employing children at work & exhibiting in form of arts, but no one cares. But when a child is working a mechanic shop to support his family for food, everyone makes a big cry.


    That's right & that's the reason I said, support Child Labour . Instead of abolishing, impose stricter laws such as...
    1. Child emergency help line for support
    2. Provide minimum wages
    3. Restricti on maximum working hours & provide compulsory education for the child

    Agreed: Hence the title: South India Ride against Exploitation through Child Labour

    My points provided above Satyen; The ones choose to work is the one who cannot afford education or cannot learn & the one who can learn or afford education will not choose to work either

    @Pabi That reason would be "Office Leaves".
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