Most of us do not raise our voice against injustice in our society and tend to remain mute spectators. Anees Jung in her article, “Lost spring” vividly highlights the miserable life of street children and bangle makers of Firozabad. She wants us to act. Which qualities does she want the children to develop?

Anees Jung, in ‘Lost Spring’ vividly highlights the miserable life of street children and bangle makers of Firozabad. Through children, like Saheb, Savita and Mukesh, she delves deep into the poverty and tradition, which forces a life of exploitation on these three and many others like them.

It is sad that they are caught in the vicious circle of poverty and exploitation generations after generation. It is not easy to escape it because there is the stigma of the caste in which they are born. Moreover, the sahukars, the middlemen, policemen, keepers of the law, bureaucrats, etc. make their lives more difficult for them than it already is. Anees Jung wants us to act, and raise our voice against the injustice prevailing in our society. The underprivileged often find themselves helpless and at the mercy of their exploiters. Thus, Anees Jung wants the children to develop compassion for the oppressed and the will and courage to work for social and economic changes in the society.

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