GETTING TO THE ROOT OF THINGS

There is something about face value that attracts human responses when encountered. A sense of energy flows that resists patience and is agitated to react, respond with what we feel is the right thing. Some can put it aside at the last minute. In contrast, others succumb to the seductive power of ‘Hungama.’ This happened in Delhi recently, and it was sensationalised as though it was a national issue – when in reality, it was meant to be dealt with in a small way.

Why do we allow such incidents to become headlines? How does this issue matter to India’s rest, apart from providing fodder to unnecessary errands on social media and among friends and family.

Headlines, half-baked news, prejudices, and one’s set of beliefs all play their part in that moment of expressing one’s opinion. And these days, social media offers a camouflage that gives a false sense of power.

Many students decided to protest in a very immature fashion, which provoked some of the fellow students who didn’t like the proceedings. The student leader steps in to diffuse the situation. He was made the prime target and even accused of not stopping the protests, which didn’t have permission in the first place. At least he tried instead of keeping silent.

With regards to the protest. What has expressing opinions come down to? Aren’t there debates or forums to express views and other disagreements instead of plain sloganeering and attracting attention? How do you define anti-nationalism, and in this regard – a minority group of students displayed and chanted anti-India slogans. Would you isolate this group alone or take everyone present?

And for many, it is still not clear why one would start such protests in the first place? Because the majority of the Indians don’t care or are too busy caught up in daily chores. And you cannot blame them for that.

Equally puzzling and unsurprising was the reaction. First, the Delhi police, the central Government, the media, the politicians from the ruling party, and to make things worse, the opposition is jumping in to make this a political, privilege, and religious issue. Later, the journalists were roughed up along with other JNU students at the Patiala Court House.

Was this an excellent advert for the ongoing Make in India?

Humans are more prone to negativity. Try this self-exercise; you will be amazed at how we are drawn towards the dark side views over the lighter side of things.

You know it, but wait, you do not want to admit it? I get it!

How do you solve this kind of issue? At the moment, any argument against the Government or the Prime Minister is a direct way to label yourself as an anti-national? In such an environment, one loses the sense of logic or even clarity as you are dragged into the mud wrestling full of verbal duels, which can get physical at times.

Violence is met with violence, especially when it involves youth, students – you never win!

The question that I ask myself – why are these protests in the first place? Should we ignore them as a ruling party? Or should it be tackled at the foundation level?

Who would like to get to the root of things? However, I have a candidate going by the previous incidents. It would be a welcome change to let go of his past silence and address students, the nation, and so-called anti-nationals present in our country.

There are more positives to our Prime Minister than many of our predecessors – however, he is a human, and this element is not acceptable to many. His silence over these matters is puzzling as I believe he is one person who can influence the much-needed change this country needs – the ability to analyse, study both views before jumping to conclusions—the audacity to crisis communications. Even though the rest of India is adequate, the people of Delhi need to hear those words. The students, should they continue studying?

This is an opportunity for our Prime Minister to initiate a change which many of our top leaders fail to recognise – the ability to connect with the youth. No, it is not just on social media. It is face-to-face or even through online live chats. He is an influencer, and who knows, he might provide an insight that’s much needed from the top.

Our Government is taking many steps to convince countries to invest in India. One of the many things that often do not get highlighted is that India is still a wonderful country despite such protests. The tussle with the Government always existed, but it is more multi-folded due to social media outreach.

We need our Prime Minister to lead the nation by educating the youth consistently, as it is the people that would determine the course India takes. A majority might get the votes, but they need not always be right.

In India, even exceptions run into millions, so there is an option to ignore these protests. But, at what cost?  

Why not we initiate a ‘getting to the roots’ programme spearheaded by our Prime Minister? Indeed, arrangements can be made to reach out to people who require clarity even though they do not know it. Start with the capital.

One isn’t sure about the results. Can we not try?

On a different note!

How must a parent react if their son/daughter accuses them of being anti-family, make statements like ‘I prefer you weren’t alive,’ talk and argue immaturely, doesn’t have a clue to articulate and put things in perspective, protests your decisions, so on and so forth?

How should a parent react? Will, they let them rot? Will they make it worse by force and threat? Is beating them up an option? Or will they try to put sense in the whole issue and inspire a change in the child?