The current crisis faced by my beloved country is of moral turpitude, if we look outwards, as we usually do; expostulating from our living room sofas at the deterioration outside.
No, it’s not the Hathras killing that provokes me to post this.Its also not the Sushant Singh Rajput death conspiracy or the reports of drugs in Bollywood or the tussles of great gamblers of Indian politics, economy or banking either!( Its all of them and some.) Although the real crisis is within, lets blame it on the country- a convenient escape into a lame abstraction called ‘the nation’. The culprits however are – we, the Us.
Its the level of permeability of social no-nos into our daily lives. Some say, let the people discern right from wrong, but gradually, the smorgasbord of moral wrongs is getting too tempting for us. Forget leaving home to encounter all the “bad”. Its being sponsored by the great patriotic business houses and being delivered direct to home… The television, the internet , the dark net, the risky songs, the enuendo laden dialogues, the salacious people of the web series- es, children’s animation videos slipping slyly into soft porn, ugly trolls, vulgar memes, garrulous politicians spewing hate, violence and what not…all unimaginable un-mankind like acts, demeanors and vagaries , all in the name of good governance, religion, nation, region, caste, fraternity, ideology n what not! Nonetheless we continue to call ourselves a grand civilization, in naive jubilation after a cricket league victory or a great speech at the UN by a designated diplomat, or a mere namaste by an indulgent first world tourist!
The social practices that bind me to middle class also have somehow made way for the meek acceptance of these strange influencers. Sadly enough, they shape the nubile minds also ! Education and job followed by a plateful to eat and some lucre to hoard for the rainy day… nothing more occupies our mind… its our lackadaisical morality that has allowed the holes to be punctured into our fabric. The lockdown brought 6-8 hours of internet dependence on a daily basis in the name of online education. Where Youtube videos give autopromt of Adult clips from movies; to human beings being lynched, burnt, brutally assaulted while some responsible human beings immediately record the video, but desist from raising their voice, we have seen it all, resigned to our cushioned seats. It’s all about acceptance- the mind does fine tune with change and we say excitedly “O God, what could be level next”?
Every Independence Day, when we were children, our schools wanted us to stand around the national flag, goosebumps flaring up on our arms and neck while beautiful patriotic songs inspired us to the idea of a nation… Saare jahan se achha hindustan humara… ( Out of them all, my India excels in goodness). Hope the fabric gets a thorough refurbish; before our children can embibe any more from its deterioration…It has to come from within, and not by the state ( government), I feel.