With great power comes greater responsibility.

Nearly everyone argues about male-female equality. But it is a very obvious truth that females are physically weaker than most males among human beings though in terms of intelligence they can beat their male counterparts without much effort. The reason of this physical weakness, of course, is biological and so it can’t be helped. However as we see nowadays, women are getting raped or molested nearly everyday. This happens because of the additional responsibility of child-bearing that the women take upon themselves. In a civilized and humane society, it is the duty of the physically stronger to protect and look after the physically weaker – here the males should take care of the females who bear their children to ensure the continuity of their species. But the opposite is happening. Most males think it their duty to keep the women in their place, (especially working women) and for this they are ready to physically and sexually abuse the women. There is the widely cited reason that they are compelled to do such as women are usurping their jobs and that women should be confined to the home and the hearth. This reason has now become obsolete, as we are human beings, not beasts of jungles, to whom physical strength is the indicator of superiority and therefore more worthy of the tasks for earning a living. As civilization progresses, physical strength is replaced by mental strength and intelligence, in which, to some extent, women can claim equality. So it is apparent that physical strength is the attribute of uncivilised animals, not humans standing at the peak of all life on earth. In other words, it is the brains not brawn which distinguishes a human from all other forms of life on this planet.

The people with male sexual organs are undoubtedly stronger than those with female sexual organs, in terms of physical strength. But then, we all know that with great power comes greater responsibility. Most men complain that women seduce them or provoke them. But why are men (usually) provoked so easily – why can’t they handle their organs? A person who can’t handle a thing properly does not deserve to possess it or wield it. Women don’t get provoked so easily – at least, most of them don’t. Then, why do men? Of course, I being female, am not supposed to know the trials and tribulations of males. But still, if you are having something, you should use it for the well-being of fellow humans, not harm them. And if you harm anyone using your special powers without a nice reason, then you don’t deserve to have it in the first place. So, the most appropriate punishment for rapists and molesters (in my opinion) is not death, but castration or removal of the organs which provoke a man to commit such deeds. Such deeds don’t make anyone humane – instead they make him or her bestial. Let us therefore make an effort to have more control and restraint on ourselves and our bodies. If some men can resist temptation, why can’t all of them do the same?

Can the evil and the evil-doer be really separated?

Many have heard Gandhiji’s words and belief about hating evil but not the evil-doer. This automatically brings the question of separation of evil from the evil-doer. And the much more important question – “What is evil?” To some, evil is just a matter of perspective, a matter of self-interest or profit and loss. But can evil deeds like murder and rape of innocents be called such? It is difficult to forgive the above sins. But our soldiers, then, must be committing evil deeds every day for just earning a living? No, as the innocents are not harmed by soldiers or at least it is believed of them that they don’t. During a war, thousands of soldiers lose their lives fighting according to the instructions of their political leaders, just for earning a livelihood. Most of such soldiers are not guilty of any crimes, except those of succumbing to necessity or to Manipulation through ideals and ideologies. The same is usually true for those whom they fight, including terrorists or Maoists or Naxalites. In their cases, evil is just a matter of perspective – of upholding their own beliefs and fighting for it till their last breath. Killing and counter-killing can never solve the problem in such cases. Of course, murder and rape of the innocent and the guiltless are unforgivable crimes, crimes deserving the most severe punishments. But can people fighting for their rights and beliefs against the representatives of a not-so-innocent tyrannical government be really called ‘evil’ especially when they don’t harm any innocent? In my opinion, they should not be called evil, and they are the ones Gandhiji was speaking of when he talked about separating the evil from the evil-doer. But the people who intentionally manipulate and instigate them by taking advantage of their grievances and problems with the system (or anything else they may be against) – just for their selfish interests or advantages – can such people ever change? Most likely, they can’t and they won’t. Their innate nature is driven by the lust for destruction and mayhem. The real task is to identify this class of people and keep a check on their doings, if it is not possible to punish them. Thinking in such a manner will quite obviously draw one to the conclusion that criminals who commit such outrageous crimes of rape and murder of ordinary people (people who do not do anything to deserve such injustice) should be punished more severely than people who are just following their ideals or ideologies or beliefs, who are misguided and can be brought back to the right path by undertaking proper measures to make them understand their follies. But the same can’t be said for perverts and psychos to whom such crimes are fun activities, whose lust for power or greed for money makes them indifferent to the plight of the masses. Evil and evil-doers are inseparable in such cases.

Corruption in Bengal

Development can never take place in a state like Bengal where corruption is so rampant. Personally, I think that people who pee in the open in spite of all the schemes for cleanliness implemented by their superiors do not deserve to hold any good government posts, even if they may be MPs. Government jobs are worthless if the examinations for qualifying in them are held by people who urinate in public places in the view of students who give such exams to get such a job. For me, who are these people to judge me or qualify me if they themselves are so indecent as to pee wherever they wish to, especially near school buses? They don’t even have the minimum respectability and propriety to inspire young minds, leave alone examining and qualifying them. Whoever is recruited by such people will surely follow their footprints (otherwise they won’t be selected) and for generations ahead the same custom will continue, making the place more underdeveloped with time. The state won’t be just corrupt, it will be a veritable hellish and unsanitary area, diseases like dengue becoming more common than ever. Asking for sexual favours in exchange of a job from girls or women of the age of their daughters or sisters or even wives is quite a norm. How will they feel if they come to know someone asked the same from their daughters or sisters or wives? Maybe they won’t feel anything even if someone said such a thing to their mothers. No surprise, because they don’t respect any women, whoever that may be. They only want to assert their superiority over females by exploiting them sexually. Anyways, the whole point is that it will be a shameful employment if I am ever employed by such people. It’s better to be unemployed in such circumstances.

Corruption in Bengal

Development can never take place in a state like Bengal where corruption is so rampant. Personally, I think that people who pee in the open in spite of all the schemes for cleanliness implemented by their superiors do not deserve to hold any good government posts, even if they may be MPs. Government jobs are worthless if the examinations for qualifying in them are held by people who urinate in public places in the view of students who give such exams to get such a job. For me, who are these people to judge me or qualify me if they themselves are so indecent as to pee wherever they wish to, especially near school buses? They don’t even have the minimum respectability and propriety to inspire young minds, leave alone examining and qualifying them. Whoever is recruited by such people will surely follow their footprints (otherwise they won’t be selected) and for generations ahead the same custom will continue, making the place more underdeveloped with time. The state won’t be just corrupt, it will be a veritable hellish and unsanitary area, diseases like dengue becoming more common than ever.

On Being Knowledgeable and Snobbish

It is impossible for a person to know everything irrespective of his/her academic career or achievements. Even the greatest scientists cannot claim to know everything. If a person thinks that he or she is all-knowing, then he or she cannot be more mistaken. In fact, such people are the most ignorant in the world. Many atheists cite the reason of lack of scientific proof to support their atheism or disbelief. But then, is there any substantial proof to support the claim of atheists regarding their claim of non-existence of God? People who think they know everything are the most foolish people in the world. Knowledge is gained, not by boasting but by being modest. We are all picking shells of knowledge, by the side of the vast sea of knowledge. Knowledge is not for those who know everything but about those who want to know everything even if they know it is an impossible task. Snobbishness because of knowledge is simply pretentiousness or posing. One should be humble and down-to-earth to learn and understand – though not while protesting wrongs done to themselves or others.

Abetting Terrorism

People all around the world talk about fighting terrorism and killing terrorists. Undoubtedly, terrorists should be punished heavily for their deeds. Indeed, death sentence is the right punishment for people who take away the lives of the innocent masses just to prove their ideology and promote their beliefs. But does handing down death sentences to terrorists actually help to eradicate terrorism? Is not it a known fact that to fight injustice and terror, we must curb it at its roots? Why do people become terrorists? What makes them so hard-hearted and merciless towards the ordinary masses? Has anyone ever inquired into this? Maybe they have, maybe they have not. But frankly speaking, the most obvious cause of terrorism and indeed all criminal activities, is generally poverty and exploitation. The grim realities of life are often hidden from the sights of well-to-do people. If a survey is carried out, most surveyors will find that the so-called terrorists are ordinary human beings with their own views and perspectives about the society and the government. They have their own ideals and beliefs which are indoctrinated into their minds since early childhood. Just like, in Indian independence struggle, the revolutionaries were branded as terrorists but respected by Indians as martyrs, Kashmiri terrorists too are thought of as martyrs losing their lives for the independence of Kashmir from India, by Kashmiris. It is not just the terrorists of Kashmir though – terrorists all over the world have their own issues and goals and to achieve them they can and will do anything and everything, which certainly is not right. Let’s take a deeper look into their daily lives. We will find that most of the adherents of such causes are illiterate. Even if they are intelligent and literate, they have been brainwashed in such a manner since their childhood that it is extremely difficult to show them and make them understand the right things to do. On top of that, the government pledging to fight against them are either indifferent or unaware of their claims and demands – most of them are selfish and to gain power and control, they are not shy away from committing ruthless misdeeds towards them and exploiting the illiterate supporters of terrorists. Therefore to cease terrorism, it is extremely important to identify the leaders of terrorist groups who fuel hatred and violence among the gullible masses and to investigate whether these terrorist leaders have any connections with political parties or influential, wealthy people who fund their activities for personal gain. It is the latter group which is more to blame for crimes of hatred and narrow-mindedness. So the two necessary steps to be followed for abetting terrorism are to educate the so-called terrorists properly and enable them to think for themselves and to take action against the wealthy, influential people who play with the lives of innocents and exploit them for selfish purposes. To ensure the economic upliftment of the people easily led to terrorism or other anti-social activities is also an important element for the scheme of the abatement of terrorism. Terrorists are too daring, too bull-headed and indifferent to the consequences of their actions, to fear a death sentence. Therefore to fight terrorism, we must follow the ideals of Gandhiji, instead of that of Veer Savarkar. As for Kashmiri terrorists and other terrorists fighting over a piece of land, it is extremely important that the government should heed the demands and fulfill the necessities of the people occupying that area, instead of butchering them and getting the Indian soldiers butchered in return.

Unemployment in India

The problem of unemployment has become worse than ever, especially for people with a general caste background. Our government is trying to improve the conditions of socially and economically backward classes of people, but in the process, is compromising with the quality of its employees. In arranging reservations for these people in jobs, it is indirectly positing the belief that these socially and economically backward people are really inferior in terms of intellect and understanding, and that is why they need reservation. But it is a known fact that there exists different levels of intelligence among the people of all castes and classes, all nationalities and genders, etc. No people of one specific class or caste, religion or gender or even nationality is all-intelligent or all-talented – there is diversity in all sections of society. Reservation in education is acceptable as there are many who can’t afford a proper education. But if they prove to be meritorious and deserving, why the need for reservation and consideration in employment? Does the government want to prove that some people of backward classes are more of citizens of this country than others of a general background? The employable youth of this country is suffering from this bias of the government. Not only this, the government is also compromising with the quality of the people who work for it – as more deserving and qualified candidates are overlooked in favour of the lesser ones just because of the class-caste bias. This is unfair and is one of the reasons for sometimes creating a poor image of the country worldwide – not to mention the large scale emigration of talented and better qualified candidates to the developed nations in search of better job opportunities and better quality of infrastructure and services. Kindness or generosity is one thing and pity another. An act of pity is an act which degrades the person on whom it is endowed by lowering his or her self-esteem and creating a sense of inferiority complex in such a person’s mind. Such reservation policy in government jobs may also lead to corruption and discontent among people who are overlooked or neglected in favour of others just because of caste discrimination. It is the same sort of discrimination – the only difference is that, in early times it was inflicted on lower caste or class people and today (in present times) it is against the upper caste (or general caste) people. It can be the reason why many young people are resorting to anti-social activities to earn a livelihood and are often found as outwitting the law and order system of the country which is also based on the reservation policy for socially and economically backward classes. Therefore, people should say ‘yes’ to the reservation policy in education, but ‘no’ to the reservation policy in employment opportunities, especially in the government sector. Sentiments may be hurt by such words, but the main concern here is the welfare of this country (specifically) and the welfare of humanity as a whole.

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