I've been compelled into
mailing this in the wake of the recent upsurge of aberrant behavior among
school going adolescents. This could well be yet another import from the
* Nuns beaten up at Ahmedabad
(29 Aug 2001).
* Dalit woman paraded naked
at Bellary (28 Aug 2001).
* School boys indulge in
organized burglary at Thanjavur (24 Aug 2001).
From petty teasing and bullying,
this population has metamorphosed into committing organized culpable offenses,
either alone or in a mob. Ranging from rape to homicide. Dacoity and burglary
are recent additions to this list.
These offenders however
only represent the tip of the iceberg and more nefarious activities of
sinister proportions would only explode when they had gathered enough momentum.
It is high time we set aside the supposed biological determinants responsible
for their aggression and for a while think from out-of-the-box, for a remedy.
Could it be their inspiration
from the present day heroes and villains of the silver and the small screen,
who are seemingly glorifying anti-social means of living, although one
claims it as a mean of achieving good ends and the other vice-versa respectively?
Could it be their self-imposed
feelings of alienation having resulted from their inability to strike a
chord with the impenetrable pressure thrust upon their shoulders by their
so called well-wishers to continuously perform, achieve and excel in as
many disciplines as possible, but in the absence of their most needed intellectual,
emotional and financial pre-requisites and strong social support system
from families, teachers, peers and other members of their society??
Could it be their amputated
spirit's retaliation at the discredited society, whose members in the name
of tradition and discipline had meted out punishments disproportionately
and beyond relevance, but, never smiled at them during moments of fear,
never held them in their arms at times of sadness and dejection, never
patted at their backs when their going was good and great. . . . and never
accoladed them when success and excellence were emulated???
Could they be contagious
echoes, reflections or meager attitudinal extensions of our own incomplete,
stubborn, selfish, feudalistic, non-puritan, perverted and morally deteriorated
selves, that which has nearly ceased to be grateful, that which has forgotten
the art of giving and receiving love and the ability of being in blissful
contentment whilst simultaneously pursuing growth, that which is over-flowing
with greed, lust, deceit and intrigue, that which has lost it's self-esteem
to arrogance, it's capacity for healthy competition to cut-throat
rivalry and it's brain to brawn and that which has got rid of the very
essence of life namely values and virtues????
The compendious moral is
that, virtues are seen as weaknesses and vice-versa in the present era,
we do not dare any-longer to be our own selves, we seldom get to listen
to our conscience, we have failed to grasp the law of nature that it does
not give in to our wants whilst generously offering all our needs and that
in our process of apparently winning every battle of life we have lost
everything that life was worth living for and that in the pursuit of perfection
and excellence we have ceased to remain human and that we may not qualify
to serve as ideal mentors or role-models for our erring adolescents to
evolve into stronger, fuller and better people, until such time we all
turned into greener leaves and formed a truly healthy society. Are we going
to permit a renaissance in the direction of resurrection of compassionate
human-beings, if not mahatmas or are we still going to firmly hold on to
our grounds of the present losing side?
I conclude with a very touching
and a popular statement that had been linked to the living legend and Noble-Laureate
'Nash Jr', who had been fighting schizophrenia with the sole help of his
wife, on his way to the Noble-Prize in Maths. . . . . . . and it goes as
"It is only in the mysterious and magical equations of love that any logical
reasons to life and all its problems may be found".