THE BATTLE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL
The victory of good over bad or evil isn’t a must. But shouldn’t it be the case? While real life treads on a harsher playground outside of fiction, it may never be the case always. It is important to dive a little deeper to explore the myriad realities that lie buried under this age old debate. Rather, it isn’t so much a debate as it signifies a sanctimonious lecture we have all been told, retold and asked to follow.
To not do any bad nor support any evil isn’t just an age old tradition. It is a fundamental ground-laying of the principles our elders hope to define for our betterment. That the good and heroic should win has been rightly ‘prescribed’ as it’s legitimacy is unquestionable. But, has that fetched great results?
Why does Goodness often get overshadowed by longevity of the negative?
Implicit in the idea of a battle is the attainment of glory. Yet, at the same time fictitious it is to believe that in real life – the good always manages to defeat evil. To quote an example- you put your hand in fire to save another from burning, do you net get burnt in the end? Remember the cause was good and hence you intervened. But not only did you get burnt, you are left wanting to understand who lit the fire in the first place? Why was my goodness needed in the first place had someone been there to prevent the onslaught caused by burning?
In the hazardous game of deciding victor between good and evil, truth often gets undervalued or subdued? On moral grounds we are left wondering why is it that evil goes unpunished? We wonder, why doesn’t justice prevail?
But, instantaneously if we surge ahead in this endless battle of righteousness vis-a-vis domination of evil, we can draw an epic conclusion. It seems we are addressing the question in an incorrect way.
Typically, India is a sordid field marked by a litany of woes and driven by a checkered marquee of goodness that can help us arrive at many exemplary instances and to draw some epic conclusions in the light of the discussion. I call it a bitter quest as in the search of gaining the fruit of wisdom you often have to extend your arm toward the thorns.
It happens only in India, but why is it happening?
In India, a country of magnificent adjectives and grand parodies, the good often wins, but not before it is completely ridiculed by several socio-cultural malaise.
On this Dussehra, rather a Dussehra of life- We are amidst many answers that one longs a wholesome response for, but perhaps time has come to probe the right questions.
Both as a national citizen and a Non-Resident Indian who visits the Matrabhoomi, living with full pride and inseparable nationalistic fervor in most cases the latter being felt and valued a little less as our deeply felt state heritage over the collective allegiance to India, we find a world of startling paradoxes.
For a country to be among the most robustly growing economies, making heads turn and twist in both national media and at corridors of international eminence, we have gained sizeable economic advantage as compared to a China or Japan. It should really make us proud. We have come a long way from understanding the definition to a Personal Computer to assembling the world’s largest and perhaps most talented IT and Software workforce which we are exporting worldwide to enrich the prominence of the West. Yet, at the same time, our internet connectivity, to speak of one basic crucial tenet that signifies the way we communicate, research, work and importantly converge, both within and outside India lies despicably low.
For a country to be amongst the largest producers of wheat, Bajra, Maize, Jute, Sugarcane and whole pulses, why is it that the World Food Program poignantly lifts the veil over our hoopla surrounding national agricultural produce by stating that 32.7% of India lives on less than USD 1.25 dollars a day?
As many of us continue to choose between which main course meal to go for over the course of the impending weekend plan that leaves us between lesser fancy choices of Lebanese, Thai, Japanese and Chinese, why is it that farmers in India continue to reel under ashes of oblivion? In the past 3 years, approximately, 3000 of our Kisaan Bhai’s who perished under the burden of lack of any agricultural produce have suffered from drought not only on their fields where they deployed rigorous labor but from lack of any interest from both State and Central governments.
These 3000 deaths account only for a significant success of evil, one whose nastiness is way more than the damage that Ravan’s 10 heads caused in the mythological battle many centuries ago.
Hygiene is for high-gene?
But hold your heart boys and girls. While we rank a miserably low on the UNDP Human Development Index of 2014 that takes into consideration national wealth per human being and quality of life in general, ranking us 135 out of 187 nations, reports suggest we have considerably worked to lessen our overall poverty. Reports clearly suggest that around 92 million people have been lifted out of poverty between 2010 to 2013 while 363 million people that make up for approximately 30% of our population continue to straddle with poverty.
Who is to say if evil here is loosening its grip over India despite still prevailing in myopic forms?
If we tread toward Infrastructure and transportation specifically, then a whopping INR 70,000 crore has been allocated for investment toward development of road and railway infra in the light of our fragmented infrastructure setting that continues to be stifled with lack of a unified logistic body that governs cargo handling and shipment. While announcing plans is largely the order of the day for both UPA and NDA governments, who is to say when will the day of implementation come? Also, does investment into railways and roadways pave way for better efficiency in commuting? Will the Prime Minister’s ambitious Clean India campaign lend its impact and corrective-ness to cleaning a hitherto miserable hygienic condition of the insides of our trains, that are often red-colored rebukes of our friendly civilians who show by virtue of beetle leaf stains their respect for India’s image clarity?
To ask questions that may determine prevalence of shallowness of sanctity, if we just ask a basic question out of our fundamental need to be in a country toward which we pay taxes, out of our hard-work and yes, on some cases political lynching at workplaces and offices- when can we expect soaps in public urinals? Can Delhi, Mumbai or Chennai’s municipal corporations guarantee that before the ambitious high tide of Clean-India campaign breathes in more havoc of wishful thinking?
Behind a successful nation are also its women
We will not tread into territories that draw ire of hatred and self contempt anymore. But, should we conveniently duck questions that stare us in the entirety of our existence every-day? We can hide behind the laurels of Devi’ Maa’s, our immortal mother’s, or against the protective soulful shadow of “Vaishno Mata” but where will we hide statistics that reveal more than they can ever ‘hide’?
From the period of 2009 to 2014 in an India split between rich-poor divide, two wheeler luxury over sports car affordability and opting from salt and roti in some households as other’s opt for the classic Greek or Caesar salad, are we to assure our women that with 68000 cases of rapes, that’s 17.5 thousand rape cases per year, they are safe with us men?
Some of the women whose modesty is stripped under blare public eye are mothers, sisters and even wives of those mighty mauler’s who emulate Jackie Chan and who painfully grow 8 and a half packs in gymnasiums where they pound on treadmills when the pressures of corporate life take a toll! From where is this evil of utter public ignorance emanating that runs over the pride of every “daughter of India” who is laid bare under naked eyes whose hurt is more than those thousand lashes fractured democracies in other parts of the world unleash on their helpless citizens?
The Dark “Night” rises but so should the Knight
Back in Ayodhya when Laxman could have been the logical heir to the throne of the kingdom with brother Ram, the “Maryada Purshotam” (protector of morality and up-keeper of dignity) was sentenced to exile, the younger brother stood as a Wall of comfort, solace and protection for Ram in his distress.
Where are those brothers and heroes today? For sure for every 3 snippets of evil doing in an Indian society that still identifies itself as a Hindu or Muslim, Sikh or Catholic Christian at the first instance- there are some heroes who are taking to the fight against social evils, silently and with dignity. But, why can’t we worship and idolize them more and publish their faces on our mediums that often rub on our faces cheap news of discounts or sales ‘.
Ram fought his way to glory on the battlefield of “Karma” defeating evil and rescuing wife Seeta, his embodiment of love and a symbol of humility and that of a companion’s supreme love and sacrifice by taking to the weapon in his own hands. Must we not forget, today on this Dussehra- that Ram wasn’t alone. In undoing the evil- he had Hanuman, a symbol who forgot his own strengths and one who in the wake of Laxman’s near fatal injury got reminded of his own supreme powers, in a way that he wrecked havoc on the negative forces of Ravan.
We need not just Ram’s or Laxman’s, the latter often being forgotten for his supreme commitment in the fight against Ravan, but many many Hanuman’s who can raise towering fight in the war to defeat the evil.
To defeat the many manifestations of Ravan amidst us in an India being constantly crippled by scams, corruptions and social stigmas we need to highlight the idea of winning instead of winning alone. The idea can then lend itself into actionable intent by aligning forces with effort. It is effort therefore that can guarantee us victory of the good over evil and thinking alone won’t be suffice.
Therefore, the potent idea behind prevalence and dominance of a force that rises from battlefield of good and evil is to make effort count. Where there is a will, there is a way. We often lack the will not the resources here in India to make good loom large over evil.
Time may be right to join hands if we are to undo the evil. But, let us not forget that for Good to make amends, its most potent force will be will tied to effort