Thursday, May 3, 2007

Where has humanity gone?

A 60 year old lady was left on the streets by her son. She runs around screaming on the road or sits quietly in one corner alternatively and awaits someone to take her home.Nobody comes.Noone cares.She is shabbily clothed, hungry and has no place sleep, has no clothes to change into.

While she was sitting in her usual corner which is also a parking place for a Santro, the gentleman comes and honkes non-stop.She is deaf to him.Does not even see him.Just blankly staring ahead.He finally looses patience , gets out of the car, holds her by the hand and drags her away.A victorious smile on his face, having got his parking space now, parks his car and turns away.
She is living on the streets for the past one week. We have big shots , MLAs living on the same road, theres a police patroling car which passes by the road everyday.Even they have noticed her, but pretend they have not seen her.

My parents and me waited for some days hoping her people will take her back. When that did not happen, we decided to take matters at hand.We considered calling the police, but again, i am not very confident if they would help or show sympathy.I made a few calls to Ramakrishna Mission and they gave me a couple of numbers. Most of them were not keen on taking her.Spoke to many people, most of the charitable institutions seem to be full and not keen on taking another immate.The search for a safe place for her is still on.

This post is NOT to show off that we are trying to do a great deed, but this post is to sit and think, what has the world come to? We have around 50-60 families living in the same road. Everyone is aware of the situation, yet, nobody cared, nobody volunteered to help. If things go on like this, then we all can gleefully give up all hopes i have on this country's improvement. Goodbye to Dr.Kalam's "Dream India".That will remain just that. A Dream. Wake up people .This is reality. We are all selfish, arrogant, brash, ill mannered ,non-caring citizens of a country that has produced some great souls. If they were alive today, they would have been ashamed of us.All their sacrifice has gone a waste.

Dont we all have a social responsibilty? Are we all not answerable to ourselves? I wonder how people like that Santro owner sleep at night.Its not only him, but even me, for one week why did i keep quiet? Why did i not instantly help? Instead of wasting time Orkutting, should i not have taken 10 minutes and made the phone calls 1 week earlier? How far is this kind of heartless attitude going to take us? How could i slep peacefully when she was getting drenched in the rain on the streets? How could i just tap my feet to "Pray for me brother" , the new poverty anthem by A.R.Rahman while she is in so much agony?

Another instance, An old couple want to get to the hospital. They try in vain to stop cars and get a lift on the way to Sai baba hospital on Whitefield.Nobody bothers to stop.How are an old couple , the old man dressed in Veshti (dhoti) with a tilak on his forehead and the old lady in 9yards , both 80+ going to kill you or take away your money?

A friend of mine had a fatal accident and was lying battling in the hospital for his life, someone has stolen his wallet in the hospital.What if we all had not been informed of his accident by a good soul who found his mobile? We would not even have seen his body or given him his last rites.

Does it not make you shudder to think ? I can quote 100 other incidents and each of them will bring tears to a person who is sensitive and can't bear another human being's pain.Unless we are going to be more sensitive, unless we change our heartless nature , unless we let go of the "I Dont Care, as long as i enjoy myself" attitude and swear to help other people , we are on the way to destruction."We" is me, you, everybody.

THINK about it.

1 comment:

Anil KV said...

This is what you ask in the end. "Does it not make you shudder to think ?" Yes offcourse it does. We can only think. I may sound selfish but thats how the world is currently.

One answer which most of us give ourself is "As of now we are not in a position to help others". Thats the truth of all the middle class families in India. We all live from pay check to pay check.

We can only think of calling some NGO, we cannot think of building them a home. Can we ?