No Longer A Slumdog

indexHave you ever seen the award-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire? If you haven’t yet, you should. I can’t think of anything that had made me sad like certain scenes in this movie have.

In the film, you see the harvesting of street children by a deceitful, greedy pimp. His bottom line is to get them to beg and collect money for him. He even turns some into sex slaves!

deformedbeggar1One of the most gruesome parts of the movie is when a 7- or 8- year old boy is blinded by this cruel man. The pimp actually poured oil into the boy’s eyes. A few years later he is seen, still begging, standing in a dark tunnel off a busy street in Bombay. For those caught in begging rings, there is always this fear of being mutilated by a boss in order to gain more sympathy with passersbys. Kids who have been disfigured can bring in more money for their pimp. Although this treatment is the exemption, there are nonetheless millions of children trapped in a life of begging. I wish these scenes were only fiction in a movie, but unfortunately, what is depicted is reality for countless youngsters.

Each beggar child has some sad story as to how he or she ended up on the streets of Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta… and there they are exploited by those who find them.

In India alone, there are 50 million children who worked from age 4 on. They labour from morning till night for pennies, often only making 10-15 cents per day. The majority are Dalits or from one of the Other Backward Castes (OBCs).

– Exerpts from “No Longer a Slumdog” by K.P. Yohannan.

The tragic stories of displaced and discarded people are plentiful, not just in populous India but in first world countries as well. While poverty and hunger plagues millions of people, elsewhere, a different story unfolds. In the bright city of New York, Wall Street banksters are enjoying their haute cuisine and grand cru wines over multi-million dollar bonuses.  This inspite of banks having to be bailed out from insolvency. It is hard to comprehend this twisted world and the evil in man. It makes you ponder, WHY?

Is God dead?

No, God is not dead, it is the upside down world that is dead. Indeed, probably you are too.

Genesis 6:5-6
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

6 And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.


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