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?