MOTHER TERESA OR MAHATMA GANDHI: GIVE THEM THE LIBERTY TO REMAIN HUMANS

Mother Teresa is probably the biggest humanitarian icon the 20th Century India has given to the world. And though her saintliness doesn’t need any endorsement like Mahatma Gandhi’s greatness doesn’t need a Nobel Prize, her Canonization on September 4, a day before her 19th death anniversary on September 5 and almost after a week of her 106th birth anniversary on August 26, is an event that the whole humanity should be looking up to, for it will further motivate the sisters and fathers of her Order, the Missionaries of Charity, and it will further entrench her legacy with a global footprint after the Vatican recognition.

Because there are many who continuously spew venom against her – on her means to raise and manage funds, like accepting donations from dictators or her firm religious/Catholic values on abortion or contraception or her hospices which she defined as the ‘houses of the dying’ which the critics say should have been replaced by hospitals much earlier or her support for Indira Gandhi and the Emergency of 1975.

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Such informed misinformation campaigns are run with no concern of or respect for rechecking and reconfirming the facts. Most of such ‘informed campaigns’ go without the ethical requirements of going out in the field to cross-verify the information and its context because the intent is biased mostly.

In case of cross-cultural critics, the methodologies of such campaigns are designed in cultural isolation and the folks never bother to know and understand the context associated with the place or attached with the person’s identity. They flimsily analyse and process the information based on their own cultural contexts and ethos looking at the facts from the spectacle of their own societies (or their own prejudices, that goes for the inland folks).

They simply don’t care about the contextual interpretation of ‘how, what and why’ of the ‘what they intend to do’.

They don’t care to understand the historical and the prevailing cultural context to get into the localized, contemporary context of a tradition/custom/activity/method/process of a place.

Instead, they go on criticising the Greats and sometimes go unrestricted in their choice of words to express their displeasures (anger or prejudice, alternatively or arbitrarily). They criticise the Greats even if they are no more present among us.

But does it matter? The Greats never believe in defending something that is so utterly misplaced or something that will obstruct them in their duty and responsibility to reach out and heal the humanity. The Greats don’t respond to because their emotive responses are concentrated on helping others.

Mother Teresa or the Mahatma, they kept on working for the well-being of the poorest of the poor. Souls like them who leave the aspirations of their material lives, how can they be blamed of being selfish or prejudiced or indulging in misappropriations? Almost of the Indians would not be aware of Mahatma Gandhi’s family tree after the Mahatma, the Great who got us Independence, the soul who kept on working for the last person of the society first. How can we see the Mother in a negative light when she spent her whole life in a small room without any material possession? After leaving her family at 18, she never saw her mother again.

Yes, the Greats, they can and they go wrong, for they are humans like you and me, but who are we, the living-beings of the material world, soaked up in our individual lives, absorbed by our own petty problems, who never venture out to feed even a single needy person, let alone helping the dying ones, to question the motives of the Greats?

Yes, the Greats, being humans like us, they all have their own limitations. Yes, they do win over them and manage them much more efficiently than us. But that doesn’t mean they cannot err. They are as much entitled to err like all of us are. They cannot be expected to be all-knowing or versatile.

But, then who is perfect? And don’t we criticise even God?

All the Greats who have walked so far, none of them was perfect, and never even claimed. In fact, being the human beings like you and me, they were always fallible, till the very end. Yes, they rose to become Great, but, intrinsically, they were the human beings who worked on their Good Self to dominate their Weak Self so effectively that they became God-like for us. Yes, but they were not Gods. The Weak Self was very much alive within them and that let the Greats remain among us, something they always aspired for.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi began his journey to become the Mahatma as a fallible man, like all of us, and he remained fallible, like all of us, throughout his journey through life, from an early married boy to the Father of the nation, Bapu, to the Fatherly figure of the human conscience, he remained fallible.

But unlike almost of us, including the folks who run campaigns to discredit and dishonour the Humanity’s Greats, he always spoke of it, and he always atoned for it with his personal austerity and self-discipline, inflicting the severest pain on himself. All of the true Human Greats, the healers of the Humanity, were like him or he was like them, and all to come will be in the same league.

The world is not going to be moved, to be swept emotively or ideologically by a single soul and the true Greats never intended so. They all did and would be doing what the Humanity needs the most, caring for the billions of the needy, taking care of the emotional poverty and the chronic hunger.

We elect leader even after knowing their follies. And we blame them who work selflessly for the issues that we create from nowhere. A research study criticising Mother Teresa after 16 years of her death in 2013 based on interpretation of a 1981 incident blaming her supporting the Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, while comfortably forgetting what she did for Humanity tells us this only, and bewares of such a mindset.

Give the Greats the liberty to remain humans . They crave for it in their private moments. Give them their freedom to remain fallible. Give them their moments to introspect. They deserve it after committing their lives for others, to us. Stop criticising her for her hypocrisy as some of her letters speak about her disenchantment from her belief in God. Doesn’t it happen with all of us?

©SantoshChaubey

REFUGEE CRISIS: EUROPE, AND ITS PEOPLE, NEED TO GIVE THEM THAT ‘LIFE’..

Trains and the Holocaust were inseparable – and the images will haunt humanity forever.

Hitler’s Germany killed scores by stuffing them like cattle in trains and on roads in harsh weather conditions.

Trains were the final component of Nazi Party’s ‘final solution’ to ‘free humankind of ‘Jews and other unwanted races’ – as Hitler and his collaborators saw them.

Trains – that make a significant part of every Holocaust narrative – of books, of memoirs, of autobiographies, of documentaries, of movies – the Holocaust trains.

For millions who lost their lives and for millions who somehow survived – trains were the last nail in their coffin – beginning a ride to hell – ending in concentration camps.

Yes, it is nothing like that today.

The ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, the second biggest mass migration since the World War II (or since the days of the ‘final solution’) to the world’s wealthiest continent (and in the wealthiest continent) is not even remotely indicative of the inhuman ways of the Holocaust.

Except the images showing migrants being loaded into trains to stop them from entering a European nation (or European nations) – with rough treatments by Hungary, Croatia, Serbia and Croatia!

And now, the ‘welcoming’ Germany too, has started showing regressive signs with closing its border and demanding ‘fair distribution’ of refugees’.

Yes, we can say the incidents were and are an aberration and the European leaders will find some solution – either in their meeting tomorrow – if they can build consensus – or in a follow-up meeting based on the outcome of the meeting tomorrow.

Yes, the images are not suggestive of those frightening years seven decades back, but they reveal, once again, a primeval mindset every human being has – that we are so easily swayed to the extent that we start disregarding the other human life as if it is non-existent.

Had it not been so, we would never have something called the Holocaust or other reasons behind assassinations and massacres.

The primeval mindset – that so easily makes us to act selfishly to the extent that we start thinking that those who are running from certain death – would start sharing some of the space shared by us – even if it doesn’t affect us in real terms – something that is happening in many countries of Europe.

Europe’s wealth can easily take care of some one million migrants including refugee from the worst humanitarian crisis hotbeds like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Yes, the countries need to sit and resolve nagging and divisive issues – and they must do it soon – possibly in the meeting tomorrow.

The world has already seen many bad images from a Europe that is peaceful for decades and has tried to send a message of harmony to the world by creating a unified documentation free travel zone of over 25 countries.

People, in search of life, are looking to a peaceful and financially well to do Europe to seek a passage to be able to remain alive – something that is ‘basic’ to every human civilization – and fundamental for us to remain humans.

And Europe, and its people – need to give them that ‘life’.

And yes, it is not just the responsibility of Europe. We all, in every part of the globe, must extend helping hands.

We all need to be ‘fair’ in distributing our responsibilities.

Keeping in mind the reality that we cannot do anything about partisan, irrational and selfish ways of geopolitics on international issues!

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

HUMANITY HAS SURVIVED THROUGH THRESHOLDS OF HUMAN DEBASEMENT

What is the limit to one’s debasement?

What is the threshold of one’s deliberate insensitivity to hurt someone’s sensitivities?

No limit!

No threshold!

Humanity, with all its civilizations, extinct or extant, has been the aggregated reflection of individual viewpoints, morphed, modified or aligned – with changing times.

The viewpoints have been human. And there are the viewpoints that have been anti-human.

And civilizations are stories of struggles between these two types – pushed by their carriers – embodied in human beings.

Humanity has survived all along – through the thresholds of the debasement of this anti-human block that has manifested itself in varied ways since the dawn of the human civilizations – weathering direct and targeted assaults.

Surviving the fangs that know nothing but the crude blow of crushing everything to pieces.

Civilizations have seen, all along their existence, mass acts of barbarism, acts of ethnic cleansing, imperial wars, religious crusades, violent sectarian movements, terrorism and what not.

Humanity has suffered them all. And humanity will survive them all.

Though it will continue to bleed, as it has always bled!

Because human debasement has no threshold. It can mercilessly push a three year old child in an ocean to die or it can kill thousands of them in gas chambers or it can have scores of them shot in one go in the name of ‘race superiority’.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

GIVE THE GREATS SOULS THE LIBERTY TO REMAIN HUMANS

All the true Greats who have walked so far, who influenced humanity in different ages to change the world positively by altering definitions and functional paradigms of societies never claimed to be perfect human beings or God-like souls.

Throughout lives they all lived, they remained human beings, like you and me, never out of our reach. And being the human beings like you and me, they were always fallible, till the very end.

Yes, they rose to become Great, but, intrinsically, they were the ordinary human beings who worked on their Good Self to dominate their Weaker Self so effectively that they became God-like for us. Yes, but they were not Gods, and they never acted so. The Weaker Self was very much alive within them and that let the Greats remain among us, something they always aspired for, something they needed emotionally.

All the Great Souls who have changed the world or have healed humanity sacrificed the aspirations of their material lives, first consciously and then spontaneously, to help others, to reach out to the humankind.

Yes, there were and there would be reflections of their religious and ideological affiliations that reflected and that would reflect in their teachings. Yes, they did expect people to behave in the way they taught because they believed it could help them to win over the odds of life. But the true Greats, none of them ever forced their views.

But people criticise the Greats even if they are no more physically present among us, and most of the time the basis of the criticism are the ideological and spiritual references of their teachings and their distorted interpretations by some of their fanatic followers. The critics, they never venture into the realm of spirituality or are not capable of doing so, something that can give them the insight to comprehend the real essence of the teachings that speak of the universal values to heal humanity, to help the needy, the universal principles of civilizations. Religious, cultural, sectarian or personal bigotry blinds the critics to see what they should see and they slip into criticising those who have been the guiding lights.

Yes, the Greats, they can and they go wrong, they have gone wrong, for they are, for they were, humans like you and me.

But who are we, the men of the material world, consumed by our individual lives, sucked by our own petty problems, who never venture out to help even a single needy person, let alone helping the dying ones, to question the motives of the Greats?

Yes, for the Greats, such criticism never matters. The Greats never believed in defending something that was so utterly misplaced or something that would obstruct them in their duty and responsibility to reach out and heal humanity. The Greats don’t respond because their emotive responses are concentrated on reaching out and helping others.

Yes, the Greats, being humans like us, they all have their own limitations. Yes, they do win over them and manage them much more efficiently than us. But that doesn’t mean they cannot err. They are as much entitled to err like all of us are. They cannot be expected to be all-knowing or versatile.

Give the Greats the liberty to remain humans. They crave for it in their private moments. Give them their freedom to remain fallible. Give them their moments to introspect. They deserve it after committing their lives for others.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

ON CRITICISM OF HUMANITY’GREATS: LIKE MOTHER TERESA OR MAHATMA GANDHI OR ALL IN THEIR LEAGUE

The sources of information behind such ‘campaigns’ are interesting stuff the way they are dug into and collected.

Such informed campaigns are run with no concern of or respect for rechecking and reconfirming the facts. Most of such ‘informed campaigns’ go without the ethical requirements of going out in the field to cross-verify the information, because the intent is pre-fixed mostly.

In case of cross-cultural critics, the methodologies of such campaigns are designed in cultural isolation and the folks never bother to know and understand the context associated with the place or attached with the person’s identity. They flimsily analyse and process the information based on their own cultural contexts and ethos looking at the facts from the spectacle of their own societies (or their own prejudices, that goes for the inland folks).

They simply don’t care about the contextual interpretation of ‘how, what and why’ of the ‘what they intend to do’.

They don’t care to understand the historical and the prevailing cultural context to get into the localized, contemporary context of a tradition/custom/activity/method/process of a place.

And all ‘makes’ of critics, they criticise the Greats and sometimes go unrestricted in their choice of words to express their displeasures (anger or prejudice, alternatively or arbitrarily). They criticise the Greats even if they are no more physically present among us.

But does it matter? The Greats never believe in defending something that is so utterly misplaced or something that will obstruct them in their duty and responsibility to reach out and heal the humanity. The Greats don’t respond because their emotive responses are concentrated on helping others.

Mother Teresa or the Mahatma, they kept on working for the well-being of the poorest of the poor. Souls like them who leave the aspirations of their material lives, how can they be blamed of being selfish or prejudiced or indulging in misappropriations? Almost of the Indians would not be aware of the Mahatma Gandhi’s family tree after the Mahatma, the Great who got us Independence, the soul who kept on working for the last person of the society first. How can we see the Mother in a negative light when she spent her whole life in a small room without any material possessions? After leaving her family at 18, she never saw her mother again.

Yes, the Greats, they can and they go wrong, for they are humans like you and me, but who are we, the men of the material world, soaked up in our individual lives, absorbed by our own petty problems, who never venture out to feed even a single needy person, let alone helping the dying ones, to question the motives of the Greats?

Yes, the Greats, being humans like us, they all have their own limitations. Yes, they do win over them and manage them much more efficiently than us. But that doesn’t mean they cannot err. They are as much entitled to err like all of us are. They cannot expected to be all-knowing or versatile.

But, then who is perfect? And don’t we criticise even God?
All the Greats who have walked so far, none of them was perfect, and never even claimed. In fact, being the human beings like you and me, they were always fallible, till the very end. Yes, they rose to become Great, but, intrinsically, they were the human beings who worked on their Good Self to dominate their Weak Self so effectively that they became God-like for us. Yes, but they were not Gods. The Weak Self was very much alive within them and that let the Greats remain among us, something they always aspired for.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi began as a fallible man, like all of us, and he remained fallible, like all of us, through his journey with life, from an early married boy to the Father of the nation, Bapu, to the Fatherly figure of the human conscience, he remained fallible.

But unlike almost of us, including the folks who run campaigns to discredit and dishonour the Humanity’s Greats, he always spoke of it, and he always atoned for it with his personal austerity and self-discipline, inflicting the severest pain on himself.

All of the true Human Greats, the healers of the Humanity, were like him or he was like them, and all to come will be in the same league.

The world is not going to be moved, to be swept emotively or ideologically by a single soul and the true Greats never intended so. They all did and would be doing what the Humanity needs the most, caring for the billions of the needy, taking care of the emotional poverty and the chronic hunger. We elect leader even after knowing their follies. And we blame them who work selflessly for the issues that we create from nowhere. A research study criticising Mother Teresa after 16 years of her death in 2013 based on interpretation of a 1981 incident blaming her supporting the Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier who passed away last week, while comfortably forgetting what she did for Humanity tells us this only, and bewares of such a mindset.

Give the Greats the liberty to remain humans . They crave for it in their private moments. Give them their freedom to remain fallible. Give them their moments to introspect. They deserve it after committing their lives for others, to us.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

IRAQ CRISIS: SUNNI VS SHIA

Countries that are predominantly Shia and countries that are predominantly Sunni – the intensifying civil war in Iraq with the Sunni militant outfit ISIS/ISIL (Islamic State in Syria and al-Sham/the Levant) rapidly gaining grounds and threatening the Shia-dominated government of Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad – and the major Shia and Sunni powers engaged in reacting on and influencing the future course of action in the predominantly Shia Iraq – it is to worsen even more.

Iraq is staring at the real chances of its borders redrawn in the near future – on the ethnic lines – the Shia dominated areas – the Sunni dominated areas – the Kurd dominated areas – but what about the areas having the mix populations – the bloodbath is spilling over with ISIS marching ahead carrying out the ethnic cleansing of killing Shias in the towns captured – it is expected to continue until some ‘arrangement’ is reached.

Until the help comes – from inside, aided by Iran, with military and advisory support and aided by the different Shia militias (including suicide bombers), like the one by Moqtada al-Sadr, the radical cleric, whom no ‘civilized army’ would like to be on its side – or from outside, explicitly by Iran, in the name of protecting the religious Shia shrines in cities like Najaf and Karbala, ISIS has been vocal about – or from outside, the US-led strategic and targeted attacks on ISIS, but the US needs a new government in Iraq before that.

These are the possibilities that need escalation and quick implementation and in the prevailing geopolitical scenarios, one or more of them are bound to happen, and bound to happen soon, given the pace of ISIS rapid advances. They are on the way to rout the largest Iraqi province Anbar with its fourth city Rutba, a strategic win, falling to the Sunni militants today. Anbar is predominantly Sunni and the whole province is expected to fall soon.

ISIS has three strategic border crossings at Syrian border and Jordanian borders already under its control, the BBC says – also, Rutba is 150 Kms from the Jordanian border and is strategically placed between Jordan and Baghdad according to the BBC – so, their Iraq game-plan is moving along with the ‘Levant’ game-plan – and they are proving sturdy because they are getting support from the local Sunni populations, from the tribal leaders and from the countries that are predominantly Sunni, like Saudi Arabia’s strong objection to the external interference in the ongoing Iraqi affairs – and Iraq’s Shiite leadership is to owe the blame for it.

The US is right in asking for Maliki’s head – ‘reconciliation’ (used by the US President Barack Obama – a key word of US intent on its proposed roadmap in Iraq) may be a soft and outrightly misplaced word here given the ISIS brutality – but it is true the current dispensation governing Iraq from Baghdad is to share the blame – by turning Iraq, with a sizeable Sunni population, into a Shiite hegemony – the unrest was brewing and the ‘backfired acts’ by Iraq’s Shia government targeting the Sunni population and the areas made elements fall in place for ISIS to take over.

And it is on now – inviting more, sucking more – asking for blood – killing families – destroying neighbourhoods – mutilating humanity – but who cares for such words in a war – and it is worse – it is a war on religious lines – where fighters not only follow the orders blindly – they follow it with a zeal of inhuman excesses.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

ISIS LED TERROR SURGE AND THE WORLD CUP HEAT: HUMANITY’S PARADOXES ON SWING

ISIS, Iraq Civil War and crisis, Ukraine crisis, Taliban spread, Al Qaeda resurgence and FIFA World Cup 2014 celebrations: Humanity’s paradoxes on swing with maximum display!!

Yes, it is.

Though the crisis hotbeds and the World Cup heat are two different and unrelated issues, the timing is the devil that pushes one to think on these lines, especially for someone who has much to do with the flow of news elements in the global media and thus come to know the developments mostly in the real time.

The information is always there, looking for you. There is bad information and good information. And there is information that is just given a pass. And there are elements that push you to think.

FIFA World Cup is an event having global fan base and is watched with rapt attention on TV broadcast across the world, even in the countries where Football is not a rage, like India.

And the biggest event on Earth is on. It is the time to celebrate its energy, motion and colours. And the fans are doing that.

But the fans in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Ukraine are forced to face a different heat – the heat of terrorism – with mounting toll of civilian deaths – as the global powers keep on deliberating on options to check the spread of the militants affiliated to some of the most terrorizing outfits.

ISIS or ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria/ al-Sham/ the Levant) has taken over the large parts of Northern Iraq including cities of Mosul (Iraq’s second largest city) and Tal Afar. They had also taken Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s hometown (just 150 Kms from Baghdad) but reports say the Iraqi forces have retaken it. As reported, ISIS militants have killed scores of civilians and captured soldiers while moving ahead in Iraq. The run of brutal executions have been shown to the world by the ISIS propaganda videos.

It is said the jihadist ISIS has taken over the Syrian rebellion fighting against the Syrian defense forces. The Al Qaeda offshoot, notorious for its brutality (something that made even the Al Qaeda to disown it, as it is routinely said), has trained combatants among its ranks and their run is spreading fast into the neighbouring Syria.

The following lines from a CBC News report explain the horror ISIS is:

You only have to look at the ruined towns northeast of the Syrian city of Aleppo to understand what happened in Iraq’s Mosul. The names of “martyred” fighters line the walls, alongside invocations to obey Sharia law, through miles of crumpled buildings, rubble and unexploded ammunition. “These people use different names, so if one is defeated the other can claim victory,” says Col. Mohamed Saleh of the Syrian army as he surveys the wreckage of a factory in which 27 of his soldiers were killed. “They call themselves ISIL, al-Nusrah Front, Deach, but they are all the same.” These very same jihadis — which the Syrian forces have been defeating — are now surging towards Baghdad, some of them, perhaps, the very same men who fought Bashar al-Assad’s regime in northern Syria.
(CBC News, June 16, 2014)

Taliban is on surge again in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Taliban factions are challenging the Pakistan and Afghanistan governments with increased terror strikes as we have seen recently. Karachi airport terror strikes or attack on Indian consulate in Herat are just the front line much reported acts. They follow a stream of bloodbath that goes deep. The threatening video and audio messages have increased in frequency, sounding more chilling and menacing.

In Ukraine, dozens of Ukrainian soldiers were killed in a separatist attack in the Eastern part of the country demanding secession from Ukraine. Though Russia denies – the mystery around ‘Russia sending tanks to aid Kremlin backed separatists’ remains (as the BBC reports). Yesterday, Russia cut off the Ukraine gas supply putting the nation even in more peril.

And amid all this, the World Cup soccer fever is catching up. Over half of the world’s population is projected to watch it unfolding over a month. The social media trends are rooting for it. And this sense of joy is real. Human psyche needs some free, relaxing moments and watching a challenging World Cup is a treat.

But this joy is clouded and eclipsed by the sudden spread of Humanity’s ruin in many parts of the world when your smartphone flashes the breaking news of a terror strike killing dozens while your favourite player is speeding ahead to score a beautiful goal!

Humanity’s paradoxes on full display!!

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

IT IS NO BIG DEAL WHEN EVEN DEATH CASES ARE HANDLED EASILY WITH CASH COMPENSATION!

“O Sahab, let’s us settle it between us, why to involve the police, tell us how much you need, after all it is just a small accident. It is no big deal when even death cases are handled easily with cash compensation.”

An unwelcome suggestion, a disturbing tone and a menacing voice!

This was one of the suggestions (and the veiled threat) made by a goon looking guy to the person who had just met an accident when a commercial minivan run by one of the stooges of the guy had rammed into the standing bike of the person.

Though the person stood his ground, called the police, waited for them to come while getting veiled threats and suggestions from the cartel of the goons who were running that illegal minivan business near one of the busy Delhi Metro stations, the subsequent details of the incident were reflective of the overall deterioration in the society.

Deterioration of values in the society – it is not dystopian to write so, but it is about being realist.

How easily the fellow could say that loss of a life could be compensated easily with money?

A loss of life can never be compensated. The pain of separation never heals.

But the insensitivity and the moral disintegration of the society and its various formations have become so common that one can easily find such goons talking this or the similar other nonsense ironies almost on a daily basis, almost everywhere.

People kill people and they move on as if the person killed didn’t even exist.

People see people being killed and they move on as if the person killed didn’t even exist.

The System is getting insular to the pain afflicting everyone while selectively recruiting the victim and the assailant.

This one incident was reflective of countless such incidents happening every passing moment, everywhere.

Nothing much happened to them – to the assorted goons of the cartel there. Though the police tried to sound sympathetic to the person (largely due to his ID), the primary response was that police could not do much in the case as it was a minor accident.

On being told about legality of the permission to run the minivan business there, the police official said he would look into the issue and would ensure that they didn’t operate from there anymore.

Next day, it was the business as usual, the same spot, minivans overloading passengers, drivers driving rash!

Rule of law needs the element of fear in the mind of those who break the law but corruption in the apparatus to ensure the rule of law has killed that spirit, has made that need redundant.

It results in the mentality where people disregard every other life while trying to corner the maximum of the sky for them.

And it is fast becoming a commonality.

People are rapidly forgetting the difference between human and inhuman.

It is a big lie and an unforgivable crime.

And indeed this crime-to-the-humanity has become a regular part of our social weaving. There are many wars going on within India that has become a society dissected with religion, caste and region biases. The killing teeth of these biases become even more lethal with the chronic corruption that has become a way of life in India.

When someone finds an easy, alternative but corrupt route to earn easy bucks for which someone else has to work hard, the person starts losing every regard for the disciplinary rules of life.

We are living in a society when we hear debates about issues like ‘legalizing bribery’ or formalizing the ‘convenience fee’.

Expecting a work done without paying bribe, in almost every walk of life has become a next-to-impossible thing, be it health service, education, police or even the so-called social security measures like MNREGA or farm-debt-waiver or the upcoming food security.

The request of a threatening eye and a menacing voice was, like always, reiterating this only.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

LET THE DEPARTED BE IN PEACE, DON’T SPIN STORIES AROUND IT, PLEASE!

No one can explain, not even the person who took his/her life, the circumstances under which he or she was forced to take his/her life.

At the same time, there cannot be any possible endorsement for such an act.

Anyway, the only thing that can be said the person could not withstand a pressure the scale of which only he could gauge and that made him to go beyond any sane sense of disappointment to choose to end the life in a desperate effort to put an end to the ensuing misery.

Death in peace or peace in death, debating this is ugly and must be avoided in such cases, philosophically or morally.

No one can ever scale the severity of the pain behind such decisions but being the fellow human beings, we all need to feel shameful that it happened in a society that proclaims to be a congregation of human civilization groups built on the concepts of humanity.

A humanity that we tread and trade, time and again!

But even after that, we, like some debased survivals, manipulate all the barriers of humanity by making such a death a subject of hot discussion being laced with words that pushes one’s conscious to a moral graveyard where nothing else but the ‘selfish Self’ matters.

How painful it is to hear the rumour windmill and the gossip treadmill about some departed Soul.

Welcome to the new age of the human civilization compressed in a globalized world of information chaos in pockets of its populations dangling between oddities and extremities on the poor balance of ‘have’s’ and ‘have not’s’.

It is in such pockets that we come across the merchants of the human conscience who sell and purchase everything, from their souls to others’ souls even if departed, if they see a point to reap a profit from that.

Privacy being the most compromised human right, as many ditches as possible are dug to sensationalize a human calamity into an even of profiteering. Died in pain, the soul is not even allowed the elusive peace that it was looking for by these mercenaries of human conscience.

And if the departed soul was a known face, someone with a wider public identity, it invites a maddening deafness where everyone speaks and everyone says but no one thinks about the soul departed and the people really grieving for loss of someone close to them.

The natural inquisitiveness on a life tragically lost is the immediate casualty in such cases. Spin doctors juggle mercilessly to stretch the periphery beyond the unthinkable. They carry out yet another post-mortem of the life lost, of the soul departed, visiting and revisiting the haunting details that pushed the soul to the extremities, the details that grill the grieving people close to the person departed even more.

Shocked and made inert by the loss of their close one, they are hit by rounds and rounds of canards, analytical punditry and hyperactive communication marauding.

They come across it at a time when they don’t even understand the ‘what, why and how’ of what just happened. The departed one needed answers but couldn’t find. Now they need answers but no one cares enough to let them have the moments to come to terms with what just happened. Lost in thoughts and scrambling to get anything into the countless ‘whys’, they plead to be left alone.

But who will tell them that this is an increasingly inhuman human civilization where every such life lost is seen from the eyes of a merchant who doesn’t see anything but the monetized returns on the exploits of the quantitative detailing of a human disaster.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/