We forget.

What does one do when one loses one’s faith on humanity?
How does one remain the foolish optimist, no matter what happens in one’s country?

Here are two ‘developing stories’ that dominated Indian newsrooms today –

First, the rape of a ten year old girl in a bus in Delhi. Yes, once again it’s a BUS. Once again, it’s DELHI.
The second story comes from Jaipur, India’s pink city. A man cried for help for thirty whole minutes on the busy National Highway, as vehicles passing by first slowed down and then passed him by brazenly, without caring to get help. The man’s wife and 8-month old daughter were hit by an over-speeding truck.

The CCTV cameras were able to capture footage of the man frantically circling the two dying people lying on the asphalt. He was begging for help. Help didn’t come, no, let me rephrase that, timely help didn’t come.

I couldn’t watch the footage for long, and went for a stroll on the terrace. The weather was calming. A cool breeze caressed my face, and the soothing images of rain-washed trees were indeed consoling.

I could also hear the faint notes of music that floated through the air and reached my ears. It must have come from some distant Bihu concert.

Not very far, people were celebrating the Bengali new year and Rangali Bihu – two widely celebrated festivals.
I want to shout at them, “Where are your bloody consciences?”.

But then a little voice inside says, “What have you done?”. How dangerous is this blamegame that plagues our society!
What moral superiority can I claim when I’ve let down our own little campaign called VFD?

Sure, I can give excuses but they can’t massage my conscience. How different am I from the mainstream media?
I like to think I’m practical but in matters like this I let emotions take control.

Great work can’t come until the soul feels, and reaches a point where it has only one option left – TO ACT. Where is that emotion today? It is nowhere to be found because a lot of worldliness has gotten into my head. I’m starting to see the futility of all this.

The rapes haven’t stopped in India. We haven’t become better humans.
It won’t be an easy night tonight. But I’m hoping that something positive comes out of it. Am I starting to sound rhetorical?


7 comments on “We forget.

  1. Jessica says:

    There are bad people who do terrible things everywhere, Subh. Not just in India. The only hope I have are the good people I see, and in the smiles of children, and in the kindness of friends I’ve made right here on WordPress. The reason I hate the news is because of the focus on everything bad, which isn’t necessarily the media’s fault. As Chesterton once said, editors can’t afford to spend time talking about the man who made it home from work safely. That’s too common. That’s not news. Instead, they’re going to tell the story about the man who was hit by a truck on his way home. *That’s* a story. And so the news is, by necessity, depressing and downtrodden. Another reason I’d never want to get into politics. 😛

    I’m glad you know when it’s time to get outside and feel the wind on your face. That always helps me, too.

  2. gita4elamats says:

    ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’! Keep going. 🙂

  3. Dear Subh,

    You haven’t let down down our little campaign. You had your exams, interviews and you had to prepare yourself to start a new job… In my opinion all these were not excuses. Its human nature to move on. Time is a healer, whether you like it or not.

    As Jessica says news is, by necessity, depressing and downtrodden. I am not asking you to ignore such news like others do. All I am saying is don’t feel bad about yourself when you see them in T.V. or read them in newspapers.

    You still have a lot left in you and now that you’ve gotten into journalism I hope that things can only get better from here.

  4. Beechmount says:

    Dear Subh

    Do not despair. India is not the only country where rape is common and indifference to human suffering widespread. China seems to have the same problem, as do other countries that are densely populated. It seems the value of human life decreases proportionately to the increase in population;–it becomes a cheaper, less valuable commodity. I don’t like using the word ‘commodity’ when talking about human beings, but cheap labour is in fact just that, and it is exploited by multinational companies on a world-wide scale.

    As for rape, a 15-year old school girl was recently raped by four boys, aged 15 to 17 here in Halifax. Pictures of the event were posted internet. The police investigated but couldn’t find enough evidence to prosecute the case. The girl committed suicide. A hue and cry went up across the country, as high up as our provincial government (who no doubt feared being seen in a bad light and thus perhaps loose votes in the next election) and the police were forced to review the case again. This is ongoing at the moment.

    Rape is not uncommon in this country either and why it is just some people who seem prone to carry out such a crime, it is, for all of us who would never even think of committing it, very difficult to understand. Perhaps some primeval instinct, perhaps some physiological disorder or an insufficiency in intelligence are part of what governs the action of rapists.

    It is fine for the vast majority of people who don’t rape, to moralize and put themselves on a pedestal, but we must consider the fact that we are human beings, crammed together in a world, where greed, selfishness and inhumanity are common traits and indifference toward the poor and less able is the norm.

    Technologically, Homo sapiens have come a long way in the last 40,000 years, but have their humanity advanced along with their ability to survive and improve their lives?

    Subh, don’t despair, for you will see much more misery and crime in your lifetime and if you want to survive as a journalist, you must develop a tough hide to withstand the psychological impact that exposure to the darker side of life will impose upon you.


  5. Phil Gayle_For Singles and Couples says:

    Hi Subh,
    I now it must be very depressing at the moment but remember, evil prevails when good men fail to act.
    The women of India/Asia will always speak out against these evil acts but the real move, to dramatically reduce this crime, will come from the men.
    Loving fathers, brothers, uncles, nephews and sons of women, have to stand up and unite against the wicked misogynistic cowards.
    Please keep writing…don’t give up. 🙂


  6. Rambler says:

    We live in a world we don’t understand… There is this one story which always tells me how our small acts make an impact..
    http://goo.gl/YGfyH – Maybe this will cheer you up !!

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