The name calling trend (AAPtard, Bhakt or Congi) is on a rise! This article will get your priorities straight!
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This is just an opinion. I demand the respect of ATLEAST not being named/ abused on a personal level for writing this.
There has been a recent trend or a shift in the way people in our country name/criticize each other while discussing political topics on social media, group discussions or one-to-one conversations. For example, when anyone shares a post on Facebook or Twitter related to an on-going piece of news, within an instant we start naming each other as AAPtards or Modi bhakths or Congis! Meaning, whatever opinion one has, it is presumed that each one of us follows a particular ideology/party/person. It resembles to some extent, the discussions in the two houses (upper, lower) where people of different political parties discuss similar things but the attacks are more vigorous, the only difference is that we are common people not affiliated to any ideologies!
Since the new government took charge, we have been hearing about the growing intolerance in the country, the need for freedom of speech, increasing atrocities on people from a particular section of society, communal in-harmony in the nation etc. Whenever an incident happens or is made to happen (the complete truth is never out in the open, thanks to the power of the politicians), the political parties (including the ruling party) pounce on them and try to politicize them for their benefit or for others deficit. This is not new and has been cited in many instances in the past. But what is new, is labeling a small incident or an opinion from a small section of India as THE STAND of the whole country! That has been indeed a shocking part and a new transpiration in the political clashes in India.
For example, what the guy from JNU says is his opinion and he is completely entitled to it. Groups of students from different universities in India, entitled to have their opinions are being branded as the voice of the whole nation? Fact check: rural India comprises of approximately 70% of the country’s population (World Bank report, 2014), and I bet that they would be more concerned about basics like water, food and shelter, even after more than 60 years of independence! The incidents that have been happening might represent about 1% of our total population. But the attention they are getting from the political parties, the media and most importantly THE CITIZENS is enormous and uncalled for. The political parties use them as a tool to divide the citizens and UNFORTUNATELY WE ARE YIELDING TO THEM!
As citizens, we should be able to rise above such events and see through the parties, not biasing our opinion on what they say. Instead of spending our energies on judging what some students from a university say is right, or affiliating ourselves for/against him or any other political figure, we could discuss on why such issues come up, do they exist in real (based on facts) or are they fabricated? If the problems really exist, then what could be the solutions? This does not mean that we should be blind to any such incidents, but the discussion amongst us and the politicians (I wish) should be about how to address such problems in our country. If we, the informed citizens or the government or the opposition actually meant to SOLVE such issues, then constructive discussions leading to decisions to eradicate them from the roots would be happening! Mudslinging on each other will not do any good to suppress the problem! But clearly, this kind of intent to get some solutions is missing amongst us, the citizens, including the politicians (It is only fair to include the political leaders amongst us because they are after all, one of us and have not landed in from mars!)
It can argued by some of us that making changes at the grassroots is a little difficult given the fact that we need to balance our professional and personal lives (although it would just be an excuse, but valid to some extent), which leaves us very little time to get our hands dirty in solving the problems of the country. But atleast by discussing issues and their possible solutions, possible problems that may arise while implementing those solutions, etc, we as intellectuals can give a little food for thought to ourselves which is way more productive than abusing one another! This applies to us as a group on social media and a nation in general!
Whether you are for/against the present government, there is no denying that some good things have been happening since the past few months, be it in the defense sector, railways, external affairs, rescue operations, education, etc. There may be a lot of things to be done yet (black money, controlling inflation. addressing poverty, etc), but the least we could do is join in to this positive change and rise above party/ person politics! Otherwise such name calling discussions over and over again will only traumatize already disappointed citizens, on the way the politics is stooping to lowest levels everyday in our country!
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