The Courage to Hit Back
Harvinder Singh was in news for slapping Sharad Pawar. He happens to be the same gentleman who had slapped Sukh Ram when he was being taken into judicial custody on charges of corruption.A very telling news item, it should force us to think about various isssues that are troubling our society. On the face of it it looks like a crazy act of a semi-mad frustrated person. In Hamlet, there was something rotten in the state of Denmark that could turn a perfectly idealistic prince into a mad man. So is it in our country and we should find out what is it before it is too late. We have to stop and think: what is it in our society that forces a gainfully employed young man to behave like a mad person.
Reading the news closely forces one to think of some other perspectives also.
One, corruption in high places having assumed such alarming levels that it is enough to make any normal human being loose his brain.
Second, people have become so used to corruption at high levels that they are neither surprised nor shocked.
Worse still is that majority of Indians are sinking into some kind of apathy or are too busy to run after their own material goals and are unable to spare any serious thought to this serious problem, leave alone taking any kind of action. So this kind of action looks really out of place.
The situation certainly calls for some serious thought and urgent action.
Harvinder Singh chose to slap the individuals he thought represented the corrupt system. Many would not agree with his action. But with his slap rang out the message that the average Indian is now picking up courage to hit back at the corrupt, whatever the cost.