I came across this post by Scoopwhoop. Some of them were so hard-hitting that I had to share it here.
1. Seat Belt Prejudice – This is something I have always wondered. People emphasize on wearing the front seat belts, but not the ones in the back. As a child I used to think that the passengers in the back wouldn’t get hurt. But I grew up to hear many incidents where all the four passengers died due to accident. What caused this kind of importance to the front passengers alone?
Why do people in the front seats panic seeing the cops and fasten their seat-belts while the ones behind are never bothered?
This in fact, sends the wrong message to the young generation. They get too used to the idea that seat belts aren’t necessary for the passengers at the back.
My Solution: Only if the cops check, do people fasten their seat belt. Why not check the seat belts of the ones behind too? For those who know how dangerous this is, ensure that everyone in the car knows it too.
2. Domestic Violence – I don’t have to explain this one. Domestic violence is very much prevalent in India. I believe most of it has to do with the latent male chauvinistic attitude that prevails in the ‘traditions’ of the country. I wouldn’t blame the men alone. Women are equally responsible when they advocate the theory of ‘ideal women’ from their rule books. The conclusion goes thus, “She gets her fair share from him because of so and so reasons.” The so and so reasons will be going against their ‘Ideal woman’ rule book.
If she doesn’t listen to you or if she talks back, give her ek thappad!
On a happier note, I have come across couples who do not fall under this category. Men who never answer with violence. My neighbour is an example and I must admit that they make a lovely couple. And that gives me a lot of hope for a better India. 🙂
My Solution: Begin with the next generation. We can only do so much by ads, campaigns, articles, news and preaching. The change should begin from within. Children are easier to convince. Parents and teachers are their world and influence. By showing the right path in schools, a huge portion of our country gets the idea. While, taking classes in rural areas about how women aren’t drum rolls would cover another portion.
3. Usage of Paper – I worked in a well known Company for a while and all the time, I noticed the excessive use of paper – for documenting, for toilets, for washrooms etc. Daily, a huge amount of paper is used up or rather wasted by people. I myself had to take cartloads of print. Before long, my 3 draws were filled with the printouts. During one of the security audits, I was told that I had to shred the unnecessary documents and that was when I began to think.
All those papers were single sided because the work demanded it. I had to shred them all. I don’t know if they would be reused. But I personally was destroying trees. All of us were. Thinking about the umpteen branches all over the world, I couldn’t fathom the amount of papers that would be shredded.
My solution: Why not do the work on computers now that everything has been computerised? I agree some jobs still requires usage of paper. But most of it does not. In the Board’s report, along with the report on technology and energy consumption, they should also account for usage of paper and similar resources.
4. Censoring in Media – I remember a streetplay that was staged by my friends during the CA students’ cultural event in Kochi. They had brought back The Ramayana to the age of media. They had a well thought of series of events alternating between the scenes in Ramayana and how the media covered the story. To sum it up, the entire story as we know it, was boomeranged at Ram by a politically influential Ravana.
We as the citizens don’t need bits and pieces. We don’t want mutilated stories. We don’t want tampered rumours. We want the truth. If the truth is half hidden, it looks more grotesque than untruth.
Pretty much like this;
Had this been an image of strangers, 50% would believe in one thing and a 50% would believe something else. The media has the power to influence the 50% to believe their version of the story.
My solution: Shun masala! Shun any unnecessary story that the media feeds you. Realize that you are just a puppet in their hands. Don’t be one. Maria Sharapova not knowing Sachin Tendulkar is not of any meaning to you. Why should that be on the front page while the rapes are on the 3rd page bottom right?
Don’t swallow what they shove down your throat. Don’t let them twist the facts. Don’t let them avert your attention. Don’t accept anything without skepticism.
5. Texting while driving – Life is not a novel that ends with conclusions. Rather, it ends abruptly, in the middle of a sentence. But it is way too precious to end like this.
That was loud enough I believe. You know the solution.
6. Animal Abuse –
I know a family that has a dog. The man is barely sober. Whenever he is high on liquor, he goes to the dog that greets him with so much of love, and hits the poor thing. He takes the dog’s tiny head in his fist and grates him against the ground like a vegetable against the grater. What do I say?
The worst thing that happened to the Earth was Human beings.
My Solution : Spread awareness against animal abuse. Ask children not to pelt stones at them. There are multiple animal shelters cropping up. Get the number from google, call them up if you find stray animals. For the ones in Kochi, kindly check the site of The KARMMA Here. I have personally witnessed a couple of their activities. You can either contribute by lending your hand or some funds. Their office is opposite Oberon Mall, Kochi.
The article I mentioned initially talks about 40 different issues of which I have enumerated only six. A change cannot happen overnight. But it would happen overtime. The best way to begin is by creating awareness in the younger generation. Let them be free thinkers. Do not bind them with our notions. Let us not make them think like us.
Note – The images have been taken from an article on scoopwhoop.com, that initially appeared on digitalsynopsis.com.