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Ashes Roy – EMBA- 2015-2018 – Vinod Gupta School Of Management,IIT Kharagpur
The last few days have been absolutely painful for an average Indian. The average Indian is hurting because of the average Indian. Curious? Yes. Let me cite the reasons –
- The Dadri killing.
- The unruly crowd at the Barabati Stadium, Cuttack.
- The municipal elections at Bidhannagar, Kolkata.
In each of the above cases, the general public has been seen behaving in a disorderly and disrupting manner, without being amenable to discipline and control. The municipal elections can be marked as a special case where the public were paid handsomely to be rowdy.
At Dadri, a man was lynched by public, based on a dubious statement, spread by radicals. At Cuttack, the crowd went disrupting an international game of cricket, just because the home team played pathetically. If you look carefully, there is an emergence of a pattern. There is a growing rage in people, who are ready to act upon on anyone or anything that seems to be slightly out of order. Yes, my dear readers, we have become an intolerable nation.
This wasn’t the state of the nation few years back. We were supposed to be that country, which was eager in extending hand of support to nations in trouble. We were supposed to be calm and patient in a sub-continent where the neighbouring countries are either busy in civil wars or measuring their respective borders. We were supposed to be the guiding light in troubled times.
What changed? Is it the general apathy which has taken over on our mindsets?
Suddenly from being a calm nation, we have become the insensitive neighbours who pry on the misery of an earthquake devastated country. On the pretext of helping them, we boast ourselves being the big brother and meddle in their internal politics. Even on the cricket field, we see our cricketers hurling expletives at opposition players as a mode of expression. Really? With thousands of kids watching all over the world, what standard we tend to set for them? The growing apathy in the country is spreading like an epidemic. Soon, there will be chaos and anarchy shall follow it. Once anarchy sets in, we will be in trouble.
My dear countrymen, please don’t remain insensitive to these times. Our neighbours have done that and now they are paying the price.