Even as I write this, children in Dargas and many such villages, must be busy carrying water. While chores as such are not a bad thing, I wonder how many chores children from less privileged backgrounds have to do, and how much is too much? .
On the one hand, as a parent I worry that my children are carrying heavy school bags. Here, children are engaged in hard physical labour of lifting and carrying heavy pots. They may seem indifferent or even happy – as seen in some images, but is this physical effort good or bad for them? Is it a matter of opinion or something that needs to be probed? What is the effect of this on their physiology? When do chores become a road block to learning? We do hear teachers complain about how children miss school during sowing season or during harvest season. But we also see how hard parents from lower economic backgrounds work, and it only seems fair that they have a helping hand. .
Perhaps it is time to ask the children themselves what they think.