The lottery of birth: Same rights, yet some must work harder

Venkatesh, Sudheesh (2023) The lottery of birth: Same rights, yet some must work harder. Times of India.

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I recently read about a talented cricketer aspiring to play for the national team lamenting about his lack of privilege in comparison to another who is the son of a former cricketer. My work in Human Resources and Education brings me face-to-face with many candidates and students, offering me an opportunity to hear their life stories. These interactions have made it clear to me that even though everyone of us has the same legal rights, circumstances at birth can shape our whole lives, determining our access to education, health, and employment. Equally, I am often struck by the magnitude of difficulties and disadvantages thrust upon some by their circumstances of birth and how they have overcome those by the sheer strength of their conviction in themselves and their positive spirit to live the best life that they can.

Item Type: Newspaper Article
Authors: Venkatesh, Sudheesh
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Facilities, Family background, Equal rights
Subjects: Social sciences > Sociology & anthropology > Social processes
Divisions: Azim Premji University
Full Text Status: Public
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