This week I wake up to the news of 25 kids dying after taking their noon meal at school, the apathy surrounding it and the blame-game played by our politicians! Yesterday I read the heartrending piece about the life of parents who lost their child last year, just because some moron was careless enough to leave a gaping hole in a school van! Then today I wake up to the news of a child being bludgeoned to death with a rolling pin by her demon of a father because she could not understand something that he was trying to explain with regard her school work! All this interspersed at regular intervals with some child being raped or killed!
I don’t know which is worse! A society that goes on unaffected after hearing something like this in the name of tolerance or me that flips the next page of the newspaper after reading this grosse news along with my morning coffee in the comforting, safe confines of my home!
Have we become so depraved as a society or have our collective consciousness become so immune and indifferent to such happenings just because it happens everyday or it only happens in some distant place like Bihar that is so far away from us hence we have every right to be detached? Or that it doesn’t happen to people like us who are the so-called educated and elite?
I am a bit befuddled here! Does being educated then mean being uncaring, unmoved, unresponsive, unfeeling and unfettered? Will we wake up to such inhumanities only if it happens to us? If so, then we are no longer fit to be a humane part of humanity. We have failed our own!
How can we go to sleep on our safe beds while kids who have nowhere to sleep but on the platforms get run over by speeding monsters with their huge imported machines, whose cost could possibly feed an entire village! Does that qualify as being elite?
Something has gone terribly wrong! This is supposedly the land of Mahaan atmas like Gandhi and Mother Teresa! Their souls I am sure would be cringing from wherever they are looking down at us and for being a part of this country they thought was glorious and were proud to bring freedom for!
I am urging each and every one of you, to look inside you. Get in touch with yourself! What legacy do you want to leave for your children and grandchildren tomorrow? Your indifference or proof that you are a human being and an example, a path that this is the way to live? We manage companies; manage huge multi-million dollar corporate set-ups! All that would be useless if we can’t protect our own children, the very purpose of our being here. They didn’t ask to be born, but having got them here, let us start thinking that they needn’t be our own, just one of our own!
We have a lot of soul-searching to do. Please think, reflect, tap your consciousness, decide and then act on it! The only way is forward, but we can make sure that path is not strewn with unfortunate stories like this! Let our children not become yet another story!
Trust me, that’s the only way forward!