ABANDONED, THEY WAITED TILL LAST, BUT THEIR CHILDREN DIDN’T COME

They were there, surviving somehow.

This would certainly not be the life they would have thought of, ever, when they were raising their children, giving them all, thinking of them only, from teaching them how to speak and walk to guiding them on how to take on life, consuming, exhausting their life energy to make future of their children better, to settle them comfortably, to make them independent (and, in turn, to make them dependent on their children).

And they were there, surviving, somehow, in their 70s, having given all to their children, keeping the bare minimum for them (and in most cases, not even that).

In the emotionally cold and tangibly insolent surroundings of the old-age home, they were waiting, if any of their children would come to look for them.

Their natural right had become a sort of miracle for them that had so far eluded them. They knew any hope was hopeless. Yet, some of them kept their hopes alive.

It was story of every couple or every man or woman, the defined inhabitants, living there. Yes, but the two of them, who passed away on a single day, were incriminating reminder of the growing animal in us, the humans.

Yes, the children, they were raised by these two ladies and their husbands to become the civilized members of the society they were living in. But they did not know they would be excluded from that very society by their own children, forced to live in a fake environment of socializing, to die in isolation, in an old-age home, a paid one, where even a normal help would come after making repeated requests.

Both the ladies were in their 70s. One was ill and was in sub-conscious state for seven days before she breathed her last. The people their said she had around eight children and other relatives in the city and she waited for seven days for them. Though informed, none of them, not even any of the children, turned up to see her, to take her back for further, advanced treatment.

The other lady was living her routine day there when she fell in the bathroom and couldn’t survive the fall. She, too, had her children but no one was there to take care of her, to rush to her when she fell. Probably, the apathy from her children and the subsequent depression had taken its toll.

Both of these ladies had families, had children, who were duty-bound to take care of them.

Yet, they died alone. In fact, they died this way because of their children only.

Depending on how ‘animal’ or how ‘human’ one is, the shock value can be absolute. For me, it was just a regular, like any other day trip there, when I came to know this and I felt inert for a long time after it.

And it deeply, psychologically negatively affected everyone else living there – the ‘defined’ inhabitants of that old-age home. It was not just the problem of the two ladies only, in varying degrees, almost of them were facing it – the pain of ‘rejection’ by their own sons and daughters.

Shouldn’t such children be tried for murder (even culpable homicide trial would be an unpardonable injustice)?

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LIFE BLED LIVING BLASPHEMED – HUMANITY BLANCHED (II-I)

LIFE BLED LIVING BLASPHEMED - HUMANITY BLANCHED (II-I)

LIFE BLED LIVING BLASPHEMED – A PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES

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LIFE BLED LIVING BLASPHEMED – HUMANITY BLANCHED (II-II)

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SOME CANNOT AFFORD EVEN THE BASIC TREATMENTS WHILE BUREAUCRATS AND POLITICIANS ENJOY THE LARGESSE

Today’s Indian Express had this news that should make us numb if we claim to be the civilized human beings.

In Assam’s Nalbari district, on Monday (September 23), a couple with their nine-month old daughter jumped into the Brahmaputra River as they could not afford the treatment cost of their daughter who had a hole in her heart. The body of woman has been recovered while father and daughter are yet to be traced. The wife was 28 and the husband 32.

It is futile to discuss and write on why the couple had to take this unthinkable decision. Ending life is no solution and such acts can never be endorsed by a sane mind. But it is equally true no one else can understand the excruciating pain the couple was going through.

How cruel circumstances can become? How ironical life can be?

Or we should say how ironical life has been made out to be – life of poverty stricken Indians and life of those who are supposed to reach-out, help-out and bring these poverty-stricken people out of their misery.

This irony reflects in a recent development.

Earlier this month, the government of India, the bunch of people elected by the ‘people’ including the millions of the poverty-stricken with an expected responsibility to bring the poverty-stricken people out of poverty, decided to divert a proportion of the scarce public funds to make overseas treatment costs free for the IAS (Indian Administrative Service), IPS (Indian Police Service) and the Indian Forest Service officers. Until now, only Members of Parliament and IFS (Indian Foreign Service) officers were extended this largesse. And there is no upper ceiling to this.

It sucks. Isn’t it parasitic?

Is this a democracy for?

Millions cannot afford even the treatment for the common fever and here, some are being treated so exclusively. When people have to travel for kilometers to reach a hospital (that is poorly equipped in most cases), why to send these fellows abroad on public money and that too, when almost every possible treatment is available in India? Why splurge, why waste, when the doctor-to-population ratio still remains critically low in India, a physician density of 6.5 per 10,000 of population against the global average of 14.2?

Why so?

Remember what the Preamble of the world’s most extensive Constitution says?

WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a _1[SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC] and to secure to all its citizens:

JUSTICE, social, economic and political;

LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;

EQUALITY of status and of opportunity;

and to promote among them all

FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the _2[unity and integrity of the Nation];

IN OUR CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY this twenty-sixth day of November, 1949, do HEREBY ADOPT, ENACT AND GIVE TO OURSELVES THIS CONSTITUTION.

Yes, we, the citizens of India – but what this India is?

India of a few rich and the poor India of hundreds of millions?

Was it envisioned so 64 years ago?

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LIFE BLED LIVING BLASPHEMED

A PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES

Making a human life so miserable that it itself forgets it was born human is a sin that has no parallel.

Pushing a human life to such extremes that it starts believing in a life beyond resurrection is a sin that has become an epidemic.

Religion or no religion, science or no science, logic or no logic, faith or no faith, the Creation is driven by a System and for those who believe in God or an Almighty running this System, it is no less than Blasphemy to subject the fellow human beings to such a debasement, such a contempt and such a discrimination, forcing them to extreme exploitation.

If one believes in the concept of God, one must believe in the fundamentals of his Creation the founding principles of which say He is in us all, that we all come from Him and go to Him and that we all are equal in His eyes.

How can we colour our lives while our acts make some other lives blanched?

How can we call Humanity His creation when we don’t respect His values behind His Creation?

How can we live peacefully when we see a life bleeding?

If any act is blasphemous then it is this.

LIFE BLED, LIVING BLASPHEMED – a themed photography series over these concerns, the concerns that symbolize a HUMANITY BLANCHED

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LIFE BLED LIVING BLASPHEMED – HUMANITY BLANCHED

LIFE BLED LIVING BLASPHEMED - HUMANITY BLANCHED

LIFE BLED LIVING BLASPHEMED

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