The Hindu Editor-in-Chief sees significant role for Rotary Clubs to bring about a qualitative change in their lives
TIRUCHI: At a juncture when India is universally recognised as a rising power parallel to China, service organisations must utilise opportunities for deploying their intellectual capabilities to redress mass deprivation, particularly among children, N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu, said on Monday.
Despite development in some respects, India was in an unenviable position compared to far less developing countries in terms of health and hygiene, and the deprivations were prominent in the areas of nutrition, health, clean water, clothing, primary education and environment.
Mr. Ram saw a significant role for Rotary Clubs to bridge the gap by bringing about a qualitative change in the lives of children. “India needs a right direction to become a developed country in the next 10 to 15 years,” Mr. Ram said, addressing the installation function 2008-2009 of the Rotary Club of Tiruchi.
With burgeoning resources and buoyant revenues, the country cannot find excuse for not checking mass deprivation. Though the Southern States, particularly Tamil Nadu, and the North-Eastern States were better off, the reality of 30 per cent of children in the age group of 6 to 17 years in the country being out of school was not an indicator of development.
Overcoming mass poverty and achieving universal literacy were vital for India to become a developed country.
Citing the appalling infant mortality rate as an indicator of poverty and poor condition of health services in the country while making a presentation on ‘health deprivation in broader context in rising India,’ Mr.Ram said that Rotary Clubs could make a difference to the lives of poor people through sincere intervention.
Earlier, he received the first copy of ‘ROckforTARIAN’, the Club Bulletin from L. Nagappan, Assistant Governor, R.I.Dist. 3000.
Rajadurai G. Michael, District Governor, R.I. Dist. 3000, installed B. Mohan as the 60th President of the Club along with other office-bearers, after the outgoing president J. Sankaran handed over the charge. Past District Governor M. Elangovan inducted new members.
Mr. Rajadurai said that by contributing 2,35,000 US dollars to the Rotary Foundation, the R.I. Dist. 3000 had surpassed the target of 2,28,000 dollars it had set. In doing so, it stood first in contribution from amongst 35 R.I. Dists in eight countries in Zone V, he said.