In the recent times our Indian societies at various cities and places, irrespective of caste creed culture or language, have witnessed gory and heinous crimes in public places when plentiful people present at the scene of crime were mute witnesses. Tales are same while names of cities differ.
We have witnessed the passersby merely recording the scene of a road accident where the victim is lying in a pool of blood rather than calling for an ambulance and alerting the police. Be it Jaipur, Bengaluru, Mumbai or Nayi Dilli. Name of the city or town is immaterial as the situation to show any concern to the hapless victims is merely nonexistent In Bengaluru while young Harish’s body was split in to two and writhing in pain the citizens were busy recording it for posterity on their cell phones. When the animal activist Gubbi was fighting the partially blind Leopard at a school in Bengaluru to ensure the wild animal did not attack the children, none went to his rescue to scare the animal but were filming the entire incident. It took six months for Mr Gubbi to recover from the injuries caused to him by the wild leopard. He is on record to have expressed his anguish why no one even showed any concern towards him while he was fighting with the animal bare handed to save so many children. Neither the security personnel nor the management staff of the school did precious anything. There are such countless incidents in modern and global India where public apathy, indifferent attitude to others’ miseries are highlighted.
Murder of young engineer Swati in broad daylight on a railway station platform in Chennai is a shame for the so called modern, educated, well informed, well travelled, well heeled citizens. No one present at the site of crime did take any action to thwart the gory crime of murder happening right in front of their eyes. No one even made an attempt to scare the culprit when there was an argument. Someone or anyone could have at least thrown some object may be a shoe, chappal, an empty plastic bottle or whatever that was available, at the man who was threatening Swati, that could have diverted his attention and scared him. May be such a selfless action, in hindsight, could have averted such a tragedy.
The question is why no one did anything to avert such a tragedy or try to stop the killer from running away after the murder? May be the citizens were scared of the consequences of facing our unfriendly police force or innumerable number of trips to the police stations and ensuing harassments of the innocent bystander and unending appearances in the courts of law which may carry on for decades to deliver justice.
However we have also witnessed statements from the affected that no one came to their rescue when they were in dire strait. It is time for introspection for the modern society to be more concerned about the fellow citizens. Such incidents bringing the indifferent and apathetic attitude of our citizens to incidents around them only goes to show how insensitive we have grown over the years.
When I am in trouble I expect others around me to come to my aid and rescue but when the others are in danger do I go out of the way to help them? No. Because my thought process is it will not happen to me. This dangerous mind set must change. Change is always within and so it is time to CHANGE my mindset rather than expecting others to change around me. The mantra should therefore be “I will CHANGE my mindset” without any expectations from others to do so if we have to bring back the caring society once we were known for.
Instead of “I Me Myself My family” lets us start thinking our age old saying of Upanishad “Vasudaiva Kutumbakam” meaning that the entire world is my family. Let’s be inclusive rather than being exclusive to ourselves. There is a very simple remedy for this malady. Each one of us should develop CONCERN for others in our day to day life. Hopefully such a change will encourage bonhomie and brotherhood around us. Be the CHANGE not merely an agent of CHANGE. Start with a small step forward by being nice, gentle and helpful to your neighbors. You will see wonders for yourselves.
I love my India
Wg Cdr GB Athri (retd)