First world countries: the paradox of the developed world
Jessica Thomson moved to New York from South Africa ten years ago to live her American dream. She came as a student and now works as a creative designer in an upscale New York suburb. She and her boyfriend John plan to get married in a few years. As an independent woman who has always made her own decisions, Jesicca is shocked by the US Supreme Court’s betrayal last week in overturning Roe v. Wade, 410 US 113 (1973) which protected the freedom of a pregnant woman to choose to have an abortion. . #mybodymychoice advocates protested across the United States against one of the greatest blows to human rights in the past 5 decades. Jessica is one of millions of women waiting for the Biden administration to step in and make changes to the law to protect human rights again. Compared to India, which is considered a developing/third world country by the western world, it is governed by the progressive Medical Termination of Pregnancy Bill of 1971 initiated by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi , which legally allowed abortions for a wide range of conditions up to 20 weeks gestation. . The law has been amended a few times but guarantees a woman’s right to choose over her body with the revised Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Act 2021, which provides that all women are entitled to seek services safe abortion due to contraceptive failure. , increase in the gestation limit to 24 weeks for special categories of women.
The concept of 1st world countries began during the Cold War in 1947 which set the benchmarks of being stable political regimes, democracy, robust economy, rule of law and order and a level of lives raised to qualify. After gaining independence from the British in 1947, India was classified as a third world country. While the massive brain drain over the past decades has made developed countries the destination of choice, deep-seated problems still afflict the great nations of 1st world countries.
The widespread misuse of guns in the United States has often called for gun control laws given the horrific incidents of children being attacked in the serene atmosphere of their school. Michael Joseph is the father of 9-year-old Steve Joseph, who was shot dead by a maverick gunman who entered the Nevada school premises while the children were at lunchtime recess. Along with Steve, 12 more children have been killed by a mentally retarded spirit and 12 innocent lives have been cut short due to the lack of strong gun control laws. The 2017 Small Arms Survey places India at the 120th safe position in possession of small arms while the United States is placed at No. 1 and the United Kingdom occupies places below Norway, the Switzerland and Germany. The report mentions that for every 100 people in the United States, there are 120 registered firearms while for India, the number stands at 5 people per 100. India is governed by the Firearms Act 1959 which strictly regulates the use of weapons, making it a safer place. countries than developed countries. Although President Biden has launched major gun control reforms, developed countries still have a long way to go to compete with less developed countries like India, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Vietnam and the United States. ‘Egypt.
Europe’s popular summer season has been derailed by frequent disruptions in transport strikes, operational inefficiencies and a general lack of enforcement. The horror of the Woodson family waiting to return to Manchester from Barcelona was nothing short of a nightmare. Relaxing for a week on the sultry shore of the beach in the Spanish countryside, the family of four tried to get back to London but their flight was canceled twice despite arriving at the airport 4 hours early . The Woodsons who are on a strict budget were shocked to have their flight canceled by EasyJet as they waited in line at the airport. Unable to endure a second flight cancellation and lack of accommodation in the city, the family are now forced to remain grounded at the airport until their flight is confirmed. Such large-scale cancellations and disruptions are unprecedented in India, which rely heavily on strict DGCA controls.
Jasmine White is staying at one of the busiest airports in the world, Heathrow Airport in London, due to a pile of her missing luggage due to a technical problem at the airport. The baggage system at Terminal 2 at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) in the UK suffered a technical malfunction, resulting in a pile of unclaimed baggage on June 20, 2022. This resulted in the cancellation of flights by 30 aircraft while 5,000 passengers, including Jasmine, underwent a one-day ordeal. Already on the verge of collapse, the airport represents the monotony of a cemetery compared to the gleaming new airports of emerging countries like India, the Middle East and Singapore.
Initiated in 1968 by Act of Parliament of India, the Essential Services Continuation Act (ESMA) has saved India during these 54 unhindered years of service to the nation. Essential services such as defense services, postal, telegraph or telephone services; service related to the operation or maintenance of aerodromes, the transport of passengers or goods by land, sea or air, etc. cannot join a strike and must be available for duty. Developed countries like the UK and across Europe suffer major disruption as their staff go on strike over wages and other working conditions, leaving millions of people without essential services. It happened before in the UK when heaps of rubbish piled up during a strike in 1979. Lately the iconic London Underground was forced to close due to the strike by workers at the above their salaries. Cabin crew from major low-cost airlines Ryanair have quit while EasyJet crew will also strike for 9 days in Spain.
India has survived its journey through progressive laws despite being a “third world country” and ranks far better than many developed countries of the world in multiple parameters. Although the world aspires to immigrate to developed countries, one must also see the pros and cons of such a decision, as the developed nations of the planet are also grappling with fundamental human rights and essential services.
The opinions expressed above are those of the author.
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