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‘Sab Chalta Hai’ For The Average Indian: Why Hypocrisy Runs In Our Blood

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By Sumedha Bharpilania:

A major terrorist attack shakes the country, hundreds die and thousands cry while you and me sit in the comfort of our drawing rooms and express our sadness, our contempt, our disapproval and our shock in the light of the events that occurred. The television set continues to blare and news channels flash the story several times over. The anchor sits down with a number of eminent panellists: those few enlightened minds of our country, to discuss the problem. A heated debate ensues where most of the opinions belong to that of the anchor and a verdict is meted out: our nation is absolutely unsafe and our government is nothing but a bunch of incompetent imbeciles. When all that talking starts to get onto our nerves, we change the channel to watch a bunch of women, who are heavily clad in make-up and are crying their lungs out, only because it is definitely more entertaining for us.

A girl gets raped and the same thing follows, oh in fact, we also endeavour to make her identity public so that people can recognize her as she walks down the streets the next time and say: ”dekho, iss bechari ka rape hua tha”. We take part in anti- corruption movements to fight the system and help purge the country of its wrongdoers and we do so by shelling out thirty bucks and flaunting a ‘I am Anna‘ and a ‘I am Arvind‘ cap. We ‘like’ photos of underprivileged kids and women who have been abused, on Facebook only because our ‘likes’ will help them attain a better life. We watch atrocities being committed against people who did not really deserve the same and go on and on about how it breaks our heart to see the plight of our nation.

We talk, deliberate, debate and discuss and expect the problem to be solved automatically. We label politics as dirty, but nobody really cares to clean up that dirt and when someone, out of a billion people makes an effort to do so, we make sure we criticize every action of that person and make him/her feel like a total loser. It would then not be wrong to label ourselves as a bunch of hypocrites as we are all adept at using big words and slinging mud at those in authority, but when it comes to acting and going out there to transform the system, our legs start to wobble and our speech starts to slur.

Another city shall blow up soon, another girl will be molested in broad daylight, more money shall be laundered and more people shall go to sleep on an empty stomach. The same cycle of talking and doing nothing shall continue, I shall probably be writing another such article for you to read and you will be scrolling through the post the way you are doing right now. Because that’s how we like to work. For us, everything is constant, but change. Hypocrisy runs in our blood and ignorance is one friend we would never want to part with.

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  1. rian1989

    Dear Sumedha,
    Almost 5 days ago, I had commented regarding the same on YKA ARTICLE “I WAS MOLESTED: And The Onlookers Stared And Laughed ” ……here are a few lines…

    ” if the sisters of these men would have gone through, what they put you
    through, these very same men would have gone mad….perhaps vent their
    anger on public property…and would have killed the person (if caught)
    doin so……..but as long as they did it to u….its fine….with them.
    Its not only Delhi but perhaps the whole country………and the reason
    is hypocrisy…..Imagine if mothers of these men would have taught them
    right from childhood….teenage…how to respect a woman…her
    individuality…..but they won’t……what happened in Assam….what
    happens everywhere is the hypocrisy of a country call
    india…..hypocrisy of not respectin bout someone if she is not my
    sister, hypocrisy by our parents and society when they call politicians
    …looters and dacoits.but at same time when therz a family wedding
    these politician become VIP guests, the hypocrisy……of calling other
    ppl, policemen corrupt…….and if they themselves become IAS, govrmnt
    servant….accepting all the money their power can bring them……..”

    good to know that other people also see is as the root cause of corruption, molestation …..
    HYPOCRISY THE GERM THAT BREEDS THESE DISEASES……AND U CAN’T FIGHT THE DISEASE WITHOUT KILLING THE GERM…………..all this society, community, prestige, respect etc ….are mechanism to keep hypocrisy working…………to let the rulers/the powerful rule… what they want to do…..and god forbid if u r born poor……..or non-powerful…u gotta bear…it!!



    1. Sumedha

      I appreciate your views and agree with you. Hypocrisy is a disease and the best medication for the same is immediate action. Raising our voices and maybe repeating what we did when a certain Anna Hazare came into the fore (the nascent stage of the fight against corruption i.e) can be a remedy. A change in attitude can help greatly too!

  2. pranjal2707

    There has been a lot of talk everytime about the issues not only in the news channels but also amongst the family members, friends and many time in the various big functions and other such get-togethers. And usually the outcome is that the debate would go on and hence we must not discuss it. Apart from discussing , no work is done.
    After satyamev jayate being telecasted and the truth being shown there were some who came to prove them guilty, i mean what were they thinking. That they so easily get away from this and shift the matter of discussion.
    This is only what we do, We shift from the main matter and discuss everything around it. If we are discussing about violence at first we end up talking what congress / BJP commented to BJP/Congress and then the fight continues with just the comments doing the rounds and the policies (if pass after so much disruption ) which are just on papers
    We need the people to understand at first that such activities need to be stopped and the blaming game will lead us nowhere. As they say that every small act counts, thus we must act atleast according to what we have and thus help to bring change

    1. Sumedha

      I agree with you Pranjal. My article was simply a cynical take of the scenario in our country and I do believe that a change is nothing but essential. Maybe electing the right leaders can be the first step or maybe stepping into the arena of politics to clean the mess can be the best that one can do.

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