What I saw yesterday at Howrah station was one of the gory pictures the ‘shining’ India still paints. There are small mal-nourished children who make the platforms their home in almost all big railway stations. They smoke thrown out cigarette butts. They suck dendrite tubes. Passengers try to keep safe distance from these dirty kids. They sometimes broom the rail compartments in the hope of earning a few rupees. They also go begging sometimes putting a sorrow face and telling you that he/she has not eaten anything through out day. They grow up to be goons. What else one can be who has such a pathetic childhood?