It was the nerve wrenching sight. A dog carrying a, newly born, human baby under its jaws, running around to find a secluded place where it could tear apart its flesh from the tiny bones. The dog was right in its way to maul the forsaken pound of flesh and relish the feast, but what haunts the conscience is how could a human being wrap a just born baby in the newspaper and dispose it off so heartlessly on the garbage heap like you do with the filthy 'off the cuff' junk. The newborn tot must have been, in all fathomable imagination, a burden to the dirty morals of its parents. The streak of dirt they found in this innocent creation must actually have been the outcome of their dirty mindset and dirty actions, the burden of penalty of which had to be carried by this fragile soul.
The ruthless throwaway of this baby, in this appalling manner, is actually the reflection of the slow depraved transformation this society is inching towards. And the kind of hearts to undertake such actions are the hearts disgracefully toughened over the years as an outcome of our apathetic and lackadaisical attitude towards the gaps developing between the threads in our social fabric. Shutting eyes to the immoral activities taking place around us and believing there is no direct impact of this immorality on us is nothing but stashing the head in sand like an ostrich and believing that the whole body is squirreled away from the eyes of the predator. Such events are the beacons that cast the direction of the road our society has set out to tread upon. This is not an isolated decadent episode, we in our day to day life are witness to, many other issues we close our eyes upon, shrug our shoulders and shake the dust off our hands have, directly or indirectly, huge consequential bearing on our minds and character. This is actually the society we live in, our children grow, our habits propagate and we knowingly or unknowingly brush across the things which have an impact on our psyche, which in due course of time manipulate our thought processes and we become immune and insensitive to the issues of grave concern. The first kill for a serial killer is always gruesome and then subsequent murders are usually the consequences of addiction to kill, like the first puff chokes the lungs and then the smoking becomes more of a habit. In the process of this negatively oriented evolution, we unconsciously weave a net around us, vicious enough to wipe out the concepts of right and wrong that eventually traps us in the web created of our own leading to the increase in the rate of suicides, depressions, heart ailments and the worst of all insensitivity to the pain of others.
This is the time we ought to stick our neck out and collectively pick the threads and clog the gaps one by one to weld back the torn apart social fabric. As a community, the stage of disgrace we are setting for our posterity, would only invite condemnation while we bask in the self patting glory of modernization. This is no progress, no modernization, no development, no growth, no advancement where the moral values are trashed into dustbins and human standards are touching the lowest bottom. The progress has to be within the minds. The progress has to be the emancipation of the society within the realms of ethics and morality. The progress, all inclusive, within the framework of religious teachings and ethical standards. The progress where modernity gels with the moral codes, principles and beliefs carried forward from the past. We need to come out of the cocoons, dedicate some time and energy to the cause to set the things back on track lest we become instrumental in laying down the foundation of a murky trap for our children. We owe them a good world to live in.
S S Qadiri is a post-graduate in Management Studies from Kashmir University