No, this #MeToo is not just about me.
Luckily I have been in very safe hands all my childhood. I thank God for that.
And this #MeToo version is not about the sexual harassment either.
This #MeToo is for all those people who are now feeling disappointed with our system. For all those, who felt that their faith and culture will be allowed to be followed in their own country.
And all the people who have been denied justice lets say together #MeToo got affected and wounded.
We all know for sure what the #MeToo campaign was all about. Started with a good intention, but again was hijacked once the powerful media and Bollywood came into it.
Anyway, the bottom line is, whoever it is, when in some power they misuse it. Be it sexually harassing, or corruptions or anything illegal.
Fear is good
Have you ever thought why it been a defacto standard to be a corrupt or such a pervert when someone holds such power? Fear. I mean fearless. They have no fear that anyone can do anything to them. Forget the victims, even the Police or courts could not touch these so-called elites.
Being caught is nothing for them. Or they are not even caught because none of the victims come forward. This became an additional reason for those to misuse even more.
Even though this #MeToo moment had its own share of misuses, we do need to agree that this is making a positive change. If not in a big way, in its own small way. At the least, there is fear now at higher levels that at some point in future they could be in trouble.
Is this fear good? YES.
And how to cultivate this fear of doing bad and being good to every individual?
People should know that some big brother is always watching them. The sense of they being watched always will stop many from doing wrongdoings. Who can do it?
Can you put police round the clock behind every person? What guarantee that police themselves are honest?
Certainly not. So, the only person who is continuously watching our deed is God. And our ancestors cultivated this habit for doing good to the society. They have cleverly hidden ethics and practices in the name of God.
And these generations are ripping it off in the name of asking questions and empowerment. No, not all questions are wrong. We should question more and through such questions is what mankind has evolved.
But instead of finding answers if you start to write off blindly all the faith and beliefs, then we are going in the wrong direction.
I am sure you have gone through my opinion about the Sabarimala issue here.
Not just in this Sabarimala episode, in many of the practices of we Hindus, this land’s court have been always out of sync with its own people of the land. And the yardstick for other faiths is different. And this just raises more questions in the common citizen’s mind – Is this done with an agenda?
By taking sides on such religious traditions and faiths, especially without taking into considerations or reviews from the concerned authorities, the court is only triggering the divide between the people. When one group of people is deprived of their right to pray as per their faiths, it’s obvious that they will develop a envy for the people getting all the advantage or never being asked any questions. Especially when their prayers are not disturbing the ecosystem or anyone’s day to day activity.
May look funny, but once you get into their shoes only then you will realize it.
Why don’t they treat all students equal?
Recently I saw a video of schoolgirl raising very valid questions to a political leader. She was doing her 11 or 12th class I think. Her question was that she and a few other girls are coming from an economically poor family. But since they are following a given religion, and not in the so-called reserved category, they are not given any assistance or aid from the government for theirs. Her complaint was that why the government is discriminating them by giving all the benefits like cycle, laptops, fees etc for only one section of the girls from the SAME school & class.
In a bid of bringing up one particular section, what the government has actually done is they have seeded an envy & divide in the young minds. With days and years of same treatment, it could grow into vengeance and make an irreparable divide in the society.
By looking at this, I would like to shout out the #MeToo for those students as well. These students are discriminated just because of their class and greed. To me, physical harassment is not the only assault. Even this discrimination also leaves a deep wound in the minds of such students.
I wholeheartedly appreciate the student who was bold enough to ask such a question in the open forum. We need more such Jhansi Ranis. Students have started to think. I would go one step further. Even the students who get the aid should raise their voice and say #WhyOnlyMe? Demand that you are no lesser than the other students and all should be treated equally.
So, am I against providing aids in the name of reservation? No. For me, the government is supposed to give aid to EVERY student in this country. They are the building blocks of this country, they are the future. And the government should do it without any discrimination.
But, what is done today is more with political color. None of the government had the guts to treat all students equal. That is the harsh truth.
And such treatments are now moving towards the other practices as well.
Do NOT create a divide, please!
Starting from the Jallikattu, Dahi celebrations to the recent Diwali celebrations, it been proved again and again that the judgment is not in the same frequency as the people mind.
Jallikattu was practiced for a reason to have a healthy ecological balance, but court banned it. Even without hearing from the concerned people who are actually into this, it was just banned due to some petitions.
It took all the scholars and farmers to come to the street to educate the common citizens in our country. And the whole people were out on streets and rest is history.
Why? Why should someone need to educate even elderly people with education and living with the urban mass? Because we are so much tuned to the westernized ideologies due to our education system. We seldom value our system or practices or culture. The main reason is we are not being told what it really is.
Certain traditions and cultures should come through school education. And certain, including good faiths, should come from family & society. There is a lot of difference between blind faith and good faith.
Even if some faiths that may look old-fashioned and seems not to resemble this new era, its wrong to break it with brute force. This should be through education and could take years or even decades. A change from within is what sustainable and not the one that is just planted.
Ask questions, read more from scholarly articles. Even for the recent Sabarimala episode, there was an article from a researcher on why such practice was done and she had quoted many examples from her own and her patient’s experience.
So, whichever way we look at it, it all boils down to the proper education. A free, healthy Indian education. let our kids learn what our culture and tradition are.
This week #WOWPOST was to have a doodle and talk about the doodle. And yes, while my center of doodle message is about the MeToo, our current life is as confusing as the one you see in my doodle. We really need patience, and a clear mind to appreciate this life.
Problems are like the lines and swirls in the doodle. We all have a life with ups and down, confusions, issues etc. But once you start looking into them and identify the pattern, you will appreiciate your life like appreciating the doodle itself. Are you?
My other #wowposts can be found here.