NO QUESTION STATE

There is a big agitation going on in India. In the heart of the capital, hundreds of people are fasting for last seven days and every day, hundreds and thousands of people are coming out in street and protesting. But the news is nowhere in media: no news channel, no newspaper, nowhere. Majority of Indians are leading a normal life, going to office, having family dinner, going to movies and malls and enjoying good wine!

What is the protest for? A 75 year old social activist is asking for a strong anti-corruption law from the government. Corruption is something which affects each and every Indian every day, every second. Even if you buy a single matchbox, you pay tax and more than 50% of that tax money goes to the pocket of the politicians illegally, in a corrupt way. We have scams of crores of rupees in our country, which means crores of rupees have been siphoned out from our hard earned money, over the years. And it is being done every day, every second. So, what makes us people remaining so oblivious to this movement? It is a problem that hurts me daily, for years. So, why are Indians have such apathy for protesting against his own money being looted?

Indians have a cultural problem. Since childhood, we are never taught to question. We teach our children to obey! Obey your parents, obey your teachers, obey the social and religious norms. Don’t question. And we feel a great amount of satisfaction if we have obedient children! We call them “sanskaris”! We feel proud that our children have not learnt to question parents, teachers, system, religious and social norms! And here starts the problem.

Our children forget that questioning is the most essential part of being alive. If you don’t question, you are more dead than alive. We raise, by generations, children who are dead since birth. We tell them to fold the hands and pray, but never allow them to ask why the prayer needs to be done with folded hands. We teach them to respect elders, but never teach them to question their moral and ethical standard. We never teach them that respect doesn’t lie in age, it lies in quality.

Children grow up and forget that they need to be informed to live; they don’t need information because they are not going to question any ongoing process. So, they remain ignorant about society. They remain ignorant about people around, their suffering, worse, their own suffering! They don’t even know they are victims! They just know how much is needed to live: money, cars, square feet price and address of multiplexes! And days go on. They beget children; they teach their children the same thing.

 

This is what India is today: a bunch of uninformed, non-questioning zombies. There may be children dying out there hungry and cold beside his own home, and he enjoys his movie with family in LCD 42” TV. It doesn’t make any difference to them, because they’d never question “Why do they need to die?” He doesn’t know questions exist in this world!

We have converted India to a perfect No-Question State with our sanskars and haggard culture. And so, things will keep on happening, people will die, people who are worn out, people who dare to raise question in this no-question state. And majority will enjoy their life, unaware of the fact that they are the victims for whom these handful people raised the question!

And if you are part of that handful questioning, you’ll suffer beyond limit, get cornered by the corrupt system, get thrashed and die unnoticed! Zombies will enjoy their no-question life and poorest of the poor will keep dying out of hunger and suffering!

 

Hope the number of this handful increase with years. Hope they raise children who can learn to question. Let it take decades, but let it happen! And let the zombies be outnumbered by the people who dare to question!

Amen.

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