Compassionate India

3 Jan

I know, this’s a terrible problem. Whatever happened to that compassionate India- where people loved and cared for each other? Looking at the current India it seems like a fairy tale.
Fortunately, I have experienced a very compassionate society in my village. But I know that is a distant history now.

So, where did we lose our way? How we have become so cold hearted?

One of my friend had pointed out- a portion of the credit goes to the level of competition we have India. We learn that the road the victory can be reached only by defeating a million others. We lose the pursuit of excellence- and we just aim for being better- better than others. And we become Ok with that. Result- we build a society of followers. A society of robots- with little or no innovation.

We learn that it is ok to savor the victory while others are suffering. It is ok to enjoy 500 Rs popcorn at a multiplex when half of India is hungry for a plain piece of Roti.
 
We lose our compassion. We learn to ignore others and focus on ourselves.

And only we can’t be blamed; India has been so hopeless country in recent past which seemed to be beyond help. It was impossible for a handful to make a mark. So we turned our backs.
But there is hope. I see this upcoming generation is much more compassionate than the previous ones. Look at your friend circle volunteering or working for NGOs! If Facebook and Twitter reflect even 10% of our generation, look at the growing compassion.

And lastly Delhi- Whatever happens- we win something significant or not- for me more than anything, this is a celebration of compassionate India. Protesting to water canons at 5 degrees takes compassion. Uniting for the cause of one single girl takes compassion.

I will give you an interesting stat- Out of 100 males interviewed, 92 admitted they or their friends have teased girl in past (http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/78-Delhi-women-sexually-harassed-in-2012-Survey/Article1-983731.aspx), but now they are out protesting!

This perhaps is the ice breaker for our cold hearts.

-in hope for a more compassionate India.
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