Today, I had a chance of attending an event organized by Global Shapers, Chandigarh. The key panelists were Mr. Devinder Sharma, Mr. Arunabha Ghosh, Mr. Jyoti Kamal, Ms Sarika and Mr. Ishteyaque Amjad. It was moderated by Venkat. These are all prominent people at the level of decision making in media, at local, corporate and global levels.
The conversation started with a point that I truly believe in. If hunger is a problem and grains are rotting, then where is the problem? The problem actually lies in distribution. But are we that apathetic to human beings at large that those who see can’t take the action of distributing? Mr. Jyoti Kamal said something which was very logical that media drops the issue when the solution is round the corner because people get bored of reading/hearing such news daily. But what does a common man has? Maybe hearts and hashtags. And that is enough, in the digital age. Silence will only increase the problem. Just don’t think what will/won’t work but keep doing.
One of the important avenue where we see awareness is an initiative like raahgiri. Initially, maybe it’s just awareness but later it could take shape of maybe hundreds of Sarikas!
And then we reached a point where we introspected as to why don’t people care when they know that issues exist. The answer that the younger generation gave was due to ineffective law enforcement and snobbish attitudes. But my view is why enforce law? It is after all something that somebody thought was good to administer people but why has it become so crucial that if we don’t see cops, we feel we can do anything. Chandigarh is in a better position than other Indian cities but if even Chandigarh needs more enforcement than what will happen to other cities? The real way would be to sensitize people, to tell them that humanity is nothing but brotherhood. We need more empathy. And yes, we are all cousins, no? We may fight with each other sometimes but we do care about them.
Be honest with yourself, and then see and deal with the problem. The problem is not the government, the problem is not even your neighbor, the problem is you and me. The question is of convenience.