a very rough sketch… based on this link
“Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.”
Knowing, getting informed,knowledge,awareness are the basics of survival. In India we face so many issues and problems mainly due to lack of information.Carelessness and taking things for granted have caused serious trouble in our society.
Information is life
to live and let live we must inform and be informed
to begin with here is the link for our basic laws, credit: website of Ministry of Law and Justice (Legislative Department)
Few days back i was participating in a TV talk show – the topic was ‘ whether youngsters in India respect elder’s advice or not?’
here are some of my views …
who is an elder and who is younger?
can we just judge by age ? is it right?
if so are we then contradicting Indian history and philosophies which have always been focusing on the point that age doesn’t makes one younger or elder. On the other hand experience makes a person mature.
Our nation never hesitated in accepting youngsters views – we had leaders like Shivaji and Bhagath Singh,Viveknanda on one hand and mahathma gandhi, Patel,Netaji on the other.
Generation gap was not happening in India then, why now?
I feel the best aspect of our Indian culture is the repeated idea that’s been emphasized on one single point and that is … ” Don’t judge ”
who are we to judge others? let’s live and try to understand ourselves first.
and the other important issue ‘ letting go of ego’
but today our society especially crowded with people who boast themselves as ” culture protectors of India” are too judgmental on everything …
we are so worried about women’s dress code and youngsters not touching the feet of elders as a mark of respect … but we are totally not concerned about really bigger issues that’s not only affecting the next generation but the elders as well .
What are we providing for the gen next? a polluted,corrupted,valueless society? and in turn demanding respect from younger people ?
how is this logically correct?
politicians watch pornographic clips in parliament
youngsters are beaten up when they go to pubs !
Respect doesn’t comes by demand it comes from your acts – that’s how i feel.
many parents feel that in today’s world kids don’t listen to elder’s views,
point is listening doesn’t matters doing matters and following matters
the problem lies on both side elders fail to understand youngsters and like wise kids too are indifferent towards elders.
for any relationship to thrive there must be love,trust and maturity, this applies to parents and kids too.
Thought this incident is a specific one and it cannot be generalized and we cannot draw any generalized conclusion from this brutal act.
Yet few question does arises
few blame the teacher’s strictness and today’s stress full education system
few blame the kids -they are violent and inhuman
few blame the parents
but what can we achieve by blame game?
this act is a crime no doubt about it
but the killer being a school kid and the victim a school teacher is what all that matters
the simplest straight forward reason is ‘lack of values’ – not only among kids is a fact that must be understood here, for crime rate in India is alarmingly high
there is no blaming here, the kid has lost his values – responsibility for this act is on society – we can’t pinpoint one single person for this.
this is just an example ,
our education teaches getting 100% marks
kids learn the value of money
kids learn how important quotas are
so amid all these humanity and self respect often gets missed
kids are young people with their own mind and individuality we must realize this , so forcing our views on them won’t help much.
What happens when we forcefully change a new generation’s thought?
Hitler when he gained administrative powers in Germany, closed all the youth clubs and turned them into his brainwash camps for young people.. the result was the Nazi army!
While in India we had real leaders like Gandhi ji, Bhagath Singh and Vivekananda who turned youths to positive human power. So it all depends on what we believe and do
sharing our experiences would be of much help to the next generation rather than boring them with advice.
you change … the world will change, this applies to elders and youngsters too.
At school i always had better things to do in my histrory class ,like
gossiping with friends,
fighting with not so friendly class mates,
sketching in my note book,
seriously watching all the interesting things happening around our school from the window ( i always had a window seat ! lucky me )
for history lessons were so boring, i used to seriously wonder why did the schools taught so many unwanted things? like physics, maths, history ( all most all the subjects, seemed so useless … language was at least tolerable , for you get to read stories.)
especially History i despised most, all credit goes to the dates , that one had to remember,
and the names of the dynasty’s and kings , ( some kings shared the same name , making a student’s life miserable)
i felt like murdering some kings , for they had done nothing other than planting trees and digging wells,
i wondered how a king with all his majestic attire and a sword would have dug a well? seemed pretty awkward to me then,
our history teacher at school was not helpful either, she was so particular about the years and places had taken place, that i almost had a tough time before all my history exams,
some of my friends had this capacity to write pages and pages of answers the talent i never grasped, that would have helped , for i think the teacher tends to fall asleep halfway through your papers and you end up getting more grades.
so in my school days i decided once for all that i would never ever turn to the subject of history.
but that all changed once i joined high school, during my annual holidays i joined the USIS and BC libraries, i was introduced to a new world of books that were so different from my text books!
these books were quiet simple, yet had real good information on manifold subjects such as, science,literature,technology,humanity,history,philosophy and so on…
i also had all the time to ponder over our publication works and my grand dad helped me select some good books on various subjects in Tamil .
so i was all set for a holiday with lots of good stuff to read.
i was over whelmed by the new things i learnt through those wonderful books,
i comprehended with out chemistry we couldn’t use tooth paste, medicines… and physics helps you understand nature better,
maths helped you manage money, and to calculate stuffs that would make life easier
while language was a door to literature and art , that were nothing but life
though literature was my favorite subject, with out even knowing i was involved with history, Darwin’s theory on evolution, ice age, Indus valley civilization , Aryan -Dravidian issues, human communication, empires of India, foreign invasions, freedom movement,revolutions, world history…mesmerized me.
i understood the splendor of our past that i failed to grasp before, and then it dawned on me that all the subjects were interlinked and it was essential to understand these subjects
history was no more boring, it turned out to be rather an interesting subject, that was like time travelling backwards
at times some heroes of the past were more inspiring than a famous
fictional super hero – i realized that emperors did more than planting trees and digging well,
while some battles of the history, were more interesting than an action movie.
so after all history isn’t so boring 🙂