Que. 1) You are the Sarpanch of a Panchayat. There is a primary school run by the government in your area. Mid-day meals are provided to children attending the school. The headmaster has now appointed a new cook in the school to prepare the meals. However, when it is found that cook is from Dalit community, almost half of the children belonging to higher castes are not allowed to take meals by their parents. Consequently, the attendance in the school falls sharply. This could result in the possibility of discontinuation of mid-day meal scheme, thereafter of teaching staff and subsequent closing down the school.
a) Discuss some feasible strategies to overcome the conflict and to create right ambience
b) What should be the responsibilities of different social segments and agencies to create positive social ambience for accepting such changes?
Ethical Issues involved:
Deep-rooted caste discrimination in our society
Attitude towards the people of Dalit community
Lack of scientific temper or rational thinking
Parental thinking affecting the CAB component of their children
Shows poor government steps taken in the direction of eliminating caste-discrimination and establishing equality
a) Strategies to overcome the conflict and to create right ambience:
Persuasion: Sarpanch along with the headmaster try to persuade the parents of the children with the help of rational examples
Children lagging behind in education: one should realise the importance of education of the children to their families
Setting precedent: both sarpanch and headmaster should try the food cooked by the new cook to show that it changes nothing
Inter-community cultural festival
Promoting feeling of brotherhood and defining shared goals of a village as a whole
b) Responsibilities of different social segments and agencies:
Abiding to the Constitution, people must promote the shared values of equality, fraternity, etc
Need to change the attitude of the people with the help of leaders or role model
Principle of “give respect take respect”
Prohibition of discrimination must be implemented strictly by the law enforcement agencies.
Local authorities or civil servants should work in this direction through innovative ideas like awareness programmed, street dramas, etc.
Above steps can be helpful to create positive social ambience. The attitudinal and behavioral changes will help more to eliminate discrimination and establish the social equality.