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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Dog Vs Human being

I am a cricket fanatic. I mean I am a fanatic enough to watch but not play. Yesterday was India Vs Australia cricket match in Bangalore (well…it rained out). I was watching the pre-game show and I saw an advertisement that caught my attention. The advertisement is about adopting a dog in India.

Don’t get me wrong, I am an animal lover and I have a dog at home that I love to death. But the point that I am trying to make is where are the advertisements to ask people to adopt our own orphan children? If such a meticulous planning can go in to advertise for dog adoption by paying huge amount of money, why can’t the same be applied to human beings?

Consider these facts:

  • In 2001, China placed approximately 30,000 children in domestic adoptions and 4700 in inter-country adoptions. It is reported that even that number is below their target and I wonder how many domestic adoptions they would have done in 2006??
  • China’s domestic adoption payment system is on a sliding scale where economically disadvantaged pays virtually nothing where as the affluent pays more.
  • Recently South Korea has announced that their domestic adoptions have exceeded the inter-country adoptions for the first time.
  • In 2006, India did 2479 domestic adoptions and 853 inter-country adoptions (total of 3332), reversing the trend of dropping numbers for the first time in the past five years. (You can see all the numbers at this link: http://www.cara.nic.in/database.htm)

In this background, shouldn’t we be making use of the opportunities right in front of us to promote the message of adoption in India? So why doesn’t the government do enough to promote the message of adoption in India? Is it the lack of funds, cannot be so because India’s economy is growing at 8.5% on average annually and tax kitty is filling up like never before, is it unavailability of children and families? Cannot be so because there are reports of 12 million orphans and more than 20 million infertile couples in India. So where’s the problem? The problem is in the will power of the government to act.

Well…. Government is not something that is created out of thin air but made out of the efforts that are put in by you and I. It is only what we make of. If we want it to act, then we need to act first to let them know what and how we want them to proceed. Take for example; can an adoption community in India sponsor an advertisement to promote the message of child adoption during a cricket match? Absolutely. Let us do it first and show them the results of our efforts that they may also follow.

Now you have an idea where the problem is, would you like to join to promote the message of adoption in India? I want to test you now with a request for assistance. Would you be kind enough to sign the “Adoption Tax Credit” petition? Here is the link to sign it: http://www.petitiononline.com/atc26047/petition.html Thank you in advance for signing it but if you didn’t, take few minutes to read the above article one more time.

Last but not the least, like every animal lover, I do love my dog very dearly but not more than a human life. How about you?

RN

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