Wake up

before it's too late. Our society needs an overhaul

SOCIETY

DR. SUHAIL AHMAD

Friends! Here we enter into the new year 2013, with new hope and new resolutions. All of us are looking for a great year ahead. But somewhere at the back of our mind we feel disturbed; we are not at peace neither with ourselves nor with the outer world. There is a serious concern, the concern about the safety of everyone, be it our own selves or the safety of our kith and kin,the sort of concern which never used to be there at such a magnitude and the reason for this being the recent happenings around the globe which have shaken the conscience of a common man.
No, I am not talking about the recent Arab spring uprising or about the future plans of Israel or US as to how they will combat the Islamist forces, nor am I talking about Indo- Pak border tension or any terrorist activities, I am talking about the recent incidents which were never envisaged by us, like, the shooting spree in a California school by an innocent looking man that resulted in the killing of so many kids and left their parents totally devastated. And much closer to us, the gruesome rape and murder of a young girl in Delhi that shook the whole country. No super power or the country claiming to be the largest democracy in the world could have or can prevent such incidents from occurring as these incidents are not the result of any conventional war game or a terrorist planning, but these events are the outcome of the total moral corruption of our society whose social and cultural values have since long been swept away by the monster wave of so called Westernism or you may like to call it modernism. Such incidents send a chill down our spines. These cruel, inhuman acts show us the mirror of our society we live in. They make us think about how safe we really are? And the next question that comes to mind is who is responsible?
If we talk of our own society in Kashmir, it is or rather it used to be very conservative, a close knit society with its moral and social values regarded in high esteem. But for last few years we have been witness to such acts of insanity and cruelty which were alien to this part of world.
We have seen the cold-blooded murder, rape, kidnapping, blackmailing, flesh trade of our innocent teenage boys and girls, not by occupying forces or by any militants but by our own people. A tuition going girl was hit by a speeding car driven by another kid just because she refused to talk to him. Another boy killed, hacked, packed and thrown somewhere just because of jealousy over some stranger online girl friend, and many more such incidents which are enough to tell us where do we stand as a people. Moreover these heinous crimes were committed not by some professional criminals but by their own acquaintances who unfortunately were themselves teenagers. The reason behind these killings appear silly to us but were serious enough for them to take the extreme step. But we have become so indifferent to the happenings around us that we turn a deaf ear and are still sleeping over this. If we think that we are safe in our houses, why shall we bother, let others go to hell! Then my friends I must say that we are mistaken. It is our own young teenage boy or girl who is going out their and is all the time exposed and very vulnerable to these social evils which are eating into our social and moral roots. Now the million dollar question is who is going to check all this, and very conveniently we may shift the blame on the law and order authorities but before they come into picture, it is we ourselves who are to be blamed for this whole mess that we are living in.
Folks it is high time that we get serious about the way we are bringing up our children and we have to have a relook at our attitudes towards them, we may have to resort to carrot and stick approach or else we are going to face much more serious consequences in the future. Let us do our bit and see the change.  
(Dr. Suhail Ahmad is Consultant Physiology GMC, Srinagar)

Lastupdate on : Fri, 4 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 4 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 5 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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