Editorial |Maintaining societal relationships

Any human society, anywhere in the globe, is a universe in itself. Like the physical universe outside us, this human universe follows a set of rules. Its optimal functioning depends of how efficiently we allow these rules to operate. Because of what has been happening in this part of the world our society has come under multiple pressures. These pressures range from individual to all forms of collective. It affects family, peer group, institutions, schools, organizations, and even faith based relationships. Everything comes under strain. This is something that has been witnessed by other stressed zones as well. There is no need to explain it away as a particular trait of our society. A wholesale, and generalised condemnation of any society is a fit device to generate more ills than treat them. As members of a living society we must point out the wrongs that are deepening in our society, but the same must be done with grace, and focus. There are methods, and ways of analysing what is going wrong with any society. This analysis, world over, follows scientific methods. It involves breaking down a problem to its components, identifying the contributing factors, underlying the persons and groups involved in it, and also critically studying the ideas and concepts that are at the root of the problem. After doing such an analysis practical, and specific, policy steps are taken at different levels.

The concerned people are involved on a long term basis. And the result, or the outcome, is monitored regularly. This is the way these evils are rooted out, and defences are raised against any further invasion of such evils. Our community based organisations, and the leadership at different levels, should sit down to understand this method, and employ a disciplined approach, rather than issuing generalised statements that often do more harm than benefit. If a society in a conflicted situation is subjected to deep divisions it has a long term danger of slipping into irretrievable violence. This is a sensitive matter, and must be dealt with a matching sensitivity. It is better that community actors get together at all levels and break brains on this problem, taking help from professional knowledge, and using skills that are needed to face such issues.