Taking responsibility is really tough in the sense that, very few people have the guts to come forward and claim responsibility. By the way, holding someone responsible is the most ideal job nowadays. The skill can be easily seen on TV news channels, social media and of course, billboards or hoardings! This art was always popular but, it is touching heights now so fast, that the speed may beat bullets.
The economy is facing its worst stage in the last 6 years. Who is responsible? Well, everyone except those who should be.
Some blamed the previous governments, some went beyond to hand over responsibility to the British and Mughals. But, some people had knowledge of astrology and they blamed the monsoon. In Hindi, the months of monsoon are called “Sawan Bhado” but rarely used for an economic slowdown.
Then comes the statement of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on the Bihar floods who said, “This is a natural disaster and its not in our hands.” Ashwini Choubey, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, said that he would pray to god for Bihar and further he added that, “Bihar is facing floods due to Hathiya Nakshatra.” (Hathiya Nakshatra refers to a constellation.)
It is absolutely true, nobody can stop natural disasters. But, we can prepare ourselves to fight it. Bihar faces such floods almost every year but there no system to reduce the water level. That nature will show sympathy to no one means no one. Even the Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Modi and his family were rescued by the NDRF. Yet, social media trends are saying “sab changa si” meaning everything is fine. How fine is it to see our states facing disaster and listening to the illogical statements of ministers?
What can we do with a problem which a state faces every year?
Same goes for encephalitis. More than 100 children lost their lives this year, due to it. Rather than questioning the intentions of the system for not having a well-equipped healthcare centre or hospital particularly for encephalitis, some media persons barged in the ICU to question the doctor who was doing their job.
The situation is so bad that, after imposing restrictions on communication, Home Minister Amit Shah isn’t ready to accept that there is a communication blockade in Kashmir. Landlines are working, but how many of us use landline phones? Well, before the monsoon, every year the BMC claims that this year Mumbai will not face drainage issues. But, what happens next, is for everyone to see. Then, nobody comes forward to take the responsibility of drowning Mumbai.
How tough can questioning and reporting the truth be?
When one has the habit of not listening to questions, they start considering it like a tradition and when somebody points out any clause, they face the consequences. When a journalist reported that children were being served nothing but salt and a roti in their mid-day meals, he was arrested and some people said that if problems are found, instead of making it public, it should be reported to the concerned authorities. Is that the job of a journalist?
After a few days, almost the same incident occurred in Haryana where a journalist reported that children were made to mop the floor of the school and he was arrested as well.
There are many ways to save yourself from taking any responsibility and that is what is being practised. Believe it or not, but this is as true as the sun rising in the east.
Yes! This is an art to hide the real person behind casualties. Actually, this art has become very successful because, either we don’t know whom should we question, or we don’t want to question the responsible one.