Incredibly Impatient India

Just before obtaining my undergraduate degree at an Institute of National Importance, I got to see the dark side of two things. One was mob mentality and the other was a detestation of any kind of authority. I also found how difficult leading a group of people is, and how without correct moral authority, leadership can go awfully wrong. And educated people who are entrusted with crucial decision-making assignments can also fall prey to mob euphoria during protests.
Taking the larger context, the current educational, political as well as youth leadership of the country, as a whole, has failed us miserably in the recent past. We seem to be impatient in our fight against injustice. India, it seems is incredibly losing its patience. But, the big question is “Who is responsible for the sense of disgust at our authorities?” The recent slap-gates and shoe-gates in our country have given a sense of credibility to my ruminations.
The first thing is that this contempt of authority was latent and did not express itself in such a violent fashion in the past. Indeed, this contempt was passive. Yet, the political, educational, student or any kind of leadership did not cater to this passive contempt. The youth is impulsive and intolerant, and hardly submissive. The answer to this is the right kind of leadership.
Friends at NITS would know that the best possible way to protest against atrocities is peacefully, ensuring that the protestors do not lose the moral authority they have, while protesting. This applies to a larger context as well. Beating up Sharad Pawar has only given him sympathy in his home-state. The best way to protest against Mr. Pawar would have been to go to his own people and let the people know of his policies in spiraling food inflation, and how he remained unfazed when farmers were on the path of suicide. In both cases, the protestors might have gained publicity, but they failed in their ulterior motives.
The authorities are no doubt primarily responsible for this abysmal trust deficit. Be it the Academic leadership in Universities, Political leadership in Executive and Parliament, Regional leadership in solving important local issues, as well as Youth leadership in leading youth into patient and far more productive forms of protests against the established Political and Educational authority. The leadership has failed us, but if we resort to violence to drive home our point, the entire exercise may be pleasing to the heart for a small span of time, but in the end we lose out, and do no good to our motives and dreams. The loss of patience is understandable as our leaderships in all fields have failed us. Yet, we cannot fall into the trap, and lose our own moral authority. That exerts pressure like nothing else does, but that does not mean bowing down before authoritarian coercion.
In a way this impatience is good, as it inspires and instigates and angers one against existing customs and biases. But, this impatience should be channelized as a resource, rather than using it for trivial stuff like beating up politicians or damaging property of teachers. We have to expand our horizons. This is the need of the hour.


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