The Ghost walks today

Let us retrospect and see the way our country was a few decades ago. India had just freed herself from the clutches of the British. There was unity and jollity amongst the people. People had immense respect for one other. There was no room for snobbishness. The air of pomposity had been expunged with the egress of the British. The country had seen its culmination of unity. Never after to such an extent, would unanimity be seen.

India was soon plagued by internal conflicts. And aftermaths of the British policy of ‘Divide and Rule’ policy were again being felt. Pockets of rebels sprouted when opportunity arose and they did what any rebel would do, rob, plunder, and pillage. The ruling government did take measures to curb such negative advances but it did not suffice, as the problem still persists.

I am not talking about terrorism here, instead about the other minor but pervasive, negative forces of the society. What prompted such a section of the society to act in this penal manner? Was it due to the ‘other, well off’ section of the society?

Time travelling back to the 1400s or even the 1600s, we find no record of existence of such renegades and there was not a turncoat in sight. How did the people of our nation become so different in a few centuries? Where or rather how did we step onto this blood sucking leach? These anti-social forces continue to hamper growth and development of the society. This then reflects as the slow undulating growth of the economy.

My reasoning to these questions would be as follows. Every single soul in the society was well-off (back in the 1400s), be it in matters of money, education, cultures and ethics, etc. People led their lives with an amicable style. There was respect for very passerby. There was not a mendicant in sight. But then the tides started to turn. With the beginning of foreigners entering our land for reasons which were purely economic, a new epoch started which revolutionized our lifestyle. With the acceptance of other cultures, our foundations began to tremble. It was only a matter of time for this situation to reach saturation.

With our quality of lives reducing year by year, our values and ethics too took a tumble. And the rest is now history. The society began to see a divide. The line between the fortunate and the not so fortunate began to thicken. The sense of camaraderie began to dilute. People were no longer amicable and they carried themselves ceremoniously. The rich began to enjoy all the fruits and the poor continued to lose their chance to taste them. All sense of ‘help your neighbor (sharing)’ was lost. It had become ‘me against the world’. Everyone wanted to buy a house in Beverly Hills.

The Ghost walks once every month. And when it does, it should be in every individual’s agenda to give back something to the society, to the needy. A small contribution will definitely go a long way. A days wage from a million well-off Indian residents would help thousands.

To India! To restore her past glory! To emancipate every single soul! Please do not waste an opportunity when the Ghost walks.

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