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The Old Woes and Wounds of India

The Old Woes and Wounds of India

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Published by Jadhav Nilesh Ashok
The Old Woes and Wounds of India_ a thought-provoking document or artical written by Nilesh Ashok Jadhav who is fed up with the status-quo in India and their fossilized customs, traditions and outmoded thinking and action pattern.
The Old Woes and Wounds of India_ a thought-provoking document or artical written by Nilesh Ashok Jadhav who is fed up with the status-quo in India and their fossilized customs, traditions and outmoded thinking and action pattern.

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Published by: Jadhav Nilesh Ashok on Jun 29, 2009
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The Old Woes and Wounds of India

When it comes to dealing with any Indian problem, the general tendency that comes to the readers’ collective mind is to wail, whine and wriggle silently for a while with bitter pain during reading and discussing it. Then you know well that people soon forget it because, as is popularly known, people have short memories; and the present day hurries and worries made these memories awfully shorter and shorter just like Amir Khan’s in ‘Ghulam’. This gradual fossilization of minds and hearts can lead to disastrous circumstances when it would be too late. So, do not wait too much before you act, else you would become another Hamlet who kept on waiting listlessly to revenge his foster father but was himself killed by him at last. The modern Indians should not become ‘rigid iron-men’ in the Indian cactus land. Nearly all the Indians know the old Indian wounds and woes that keep on festering despite periodic changes in regimes at state and central levels: only the faces of the Indian rulers change but not the modus operandi of most of the Indian people and their manners. The wounds are now spreading fast, disturbing gradually nearly every aspect of the Indian public life. We keep on getting updates from news channels and newspapers and make our talk of different disconcerting news and issues stand on their own staggering feet but unfortunately we can’t walk them due to lack of confidencein ourselves. Different Hindi movies like ‘Krantiveer’ have depicted such typical Indian scenarios ferociously but to no significant effect. We are so engrossed in the mad pursuit of bread and butter as well as beckoning comforts that we hardly bother to pay any attention to the ever-expanding problems in education, economy, culture, religion, social reforms, environment etc. Whichever the infinitesimally small headways and achievements we have made in these sectors, they stand ineffectual in the light of our age-old habit of praising and patting ourselves for our small-term gains as well as our penchant to

magnify and glorify them vulgarly for a long time till they turn too dry to be accepted. Writing encomiums about our past glory [for example, our ancient culture] and present achievements [especially during a few decades]is not bad but playing them long with blaring tones is quite unpalatable and indigestible, sickening healthy minds and hearts. The attempt here is not to demean the Indian glory, strengths and achievements but an appeal to moderate the typical habit of self-praise and self-glorification_ the inevitable outcome of fencing our minds towards other nations’ achievements and canoodling our national ego. Take for example, the ‘noisy’ praise of the Gujarati pride in ‘The Times of India’ [Ahmadabad] or the Shining India clammour of the BJP or the Incredible India ads: they all praise the hollow parochial sentiments, vainly trying to prove that we are doing far too better in different walks of life. Such things are laughable and, at the same time, repulsive. The act of self-glorification is always injurious and disastrous, since it cocoons us within our own collective social ego and disallows us to embrace the bracing ‘exotic winds’ coming from the window of objective observation, now closed tightly. Most of the Indians need to come out of their own self-built artificial islands with a shaky ground and observe the dazzling examples of other nation’s robust achievements in the afore-mentioned sectors. For example, we simply keep watching US, China, Russia, EU etc. striding high and long in R&D in space, defense, medicine, education, IT etc. while the researches in these fields in India are very few and far betweendue to the age-old Indian woes of lack of resources. Another important feature of the most of the Indian public is that it tends to stick to older norms and views as is evident from no significant social outrage over the attack on pub-going women by Shri Rama Sene members. Another is to continue with the view that the male member is more important to the family than the female one, leading to the widespread female foeticide across the country_ the flagrant violation of human rights_ bringing utter

shame to us in the world community. Is there no place to assume that we, the Indians, are responsible in some way or the other for this blatant violation of women’s fundamental right to exist? Are we aware of the social cost we would pay for these old, malebiased blind views and wrong beliefs? The Indian male chauvinism is surely the result of the widespread Indian orthodoxy we are so proud of as a kind of Indian legacy which, as is assumed by the public sentiment, should move forward through generations, though come what may. Sticking tenaciously to traditionalism as a bug to a rug is really loathsome and creates mental nausea or repugnance in any sensible being. Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phule, Dr. B.R.Ambedkar, Shahu Maharaj, V. D. Sawarkar etc. fought against the fossilized views and sentiments in the orthodox Indian psyche; but they seem to have lost the battle,since casteism is still practised openly and unashamedly throughout the country. Honour killings of and persecution of ‘love-birds’_ which form daily newspaper reports_ are carried out in a gruesome manner especially when their castes differ. Loud protests expressing outrage in these cases are rare, indicating the passive, tacit and indirect social approval of such inhuman acts. As is evident from our periodically expressed cocky statements, we are still proud of our such a diseased culture where humanity suffers at the hands of a large number of scoundrels who habitually express loudmouthed jingoism and the so-called panic-stricken cultural protectionism. Let’s feel, at least, some shame while expressing false and hollow pride. We, the Indians, are actually ‘the hollow men; the stuffed men’. Another characteristic feature found in most of the Indians is cold indifference towards social evils. Rarely can be found the cases when a wounded person in some accident reaches to the nearby hospital and that too in time. Our tendency to take the Indian law by letter (and not by its spirit) results in the unpardonable delay in the medical treatment meted out to the wounded. We also have grave indifference towards and utter disregard for life-

threatening environmental issues as if they are valueless. By indiscriminately exploiting natural resources on the Indian terrain, like the cloud of locusts on John Milton’s green fields in ‘The Paradise Lost’, we are inviting the never-thought-of disaster to the nation’s fragile ecology and we will have to pay for that. The everincreasing denial mode on our part is surely the sign of the magnifying stigma of stagnancy associated with the Indian society and the upcoming socio-cultural unrest that would land the country nowhere.

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