Saturday, April 12, 2014

Silence is a powerful enemy of social justice..

We all see something wrong happening around us in some form or another sometime in our life, either directly or indirectly we all witness such things. Sometimes we choose to protest, object to these things and many times we decide to ignore and move on because of various reasons. Many times we are scared to protest or think that it's none of our business to interfere in these matters as they are not directly related with us. We all might have our own valid reasons for opposing or not opposing these things. But it is true that some of us we ignore social evils like bullying, discrimination, harassment etc. happening around us. Some reasons which people often give are, one person can not bring the change, so what's use of protesting? They think if these incidents don't directly affect us then why should we interfere? Many people also think that keeping quite and not interfering in others business is a good habit (definitely it is a good habit but not when some injustice is being done right in front of your eyes) or some of them even hope that if they ignore these instances few times somehow they won't happen again in future. I totally agree that losing patience is not a useful way of addressing any problem but that doesn't mean keeping quiet or ignoring them are any good options, rather I think they are worst. We need to register our protest in some form within the framework of law, we need to voice our opposition to such practices in very strong and clear voice. Many times silence is considered as an indirect approval for such acts, it encourages perpetrator to commit these crimes again and again and I hope most of us don't want this to happen. 

Actually ignoring such incidents purposely or choosing to keep silent should be considered as equally bad as committing those crimes. This bystander approach is very dangerous. When we chose to remain silent we give message to perpetrators of these crimes that people are OK with it. We tell them that they can do such nasty things and get away with it. They get an impression that they can bully others, harass others or trouble them and no one will dare to protest or confront them. This type of behaviour provides encouragement to them. In private many people express their displeasure and concern about such things but this doesn't really matter if they ignore these things when they personally witness the real incident. As I said different people have different reasons behind not reacting or ignoring these things, but I believe there is very strong reason and requirement not to ignore them. Many times perpetrators of such crime try to physically intimidate the victims and because of this other people also get scared of, they do this to spread fear with hope that no one will protest and many times they succeed. But if even some of us show little courage to tackle them head on they might not get away so easily and will think twice in future before committing the same crime. No one likes confrontation or enjoys any unpleasant scenario but many times that's the only option we have to stop social evils like bullying or discrimination or harassment. If particular person or group chose to remain silent even after facing some unjust they offer themselves as easy targets for similar incidents in future. Such silence is a very powerful enemy of social justice and we need to eliminate it. 

We should raise voice against any injustice or harassment without worrying if it's directly related with us or not. Nationality, race, religion, caste, political affiliation, gender or anything should not be the criteria behind supporting or criticizing any such crime. Mahatma Gandhi said once, "Hate the sin not the sinner", we need to oppose social injustice, social evils, not individuals as some people might think, that individual is just a representative of that mindset we need to fight that mindset. So let's fight social injustice and evils together, silence is not an option in this case.  

Thanks for reading and please share your views on this topic.

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2 comments:

  1. Vinoba Bhave and Maun Vrat. Do try and read about it.

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    1. he used silence as a weapon to fight injustice (in form of mute protest) or remedy to get rid of his ego...but some people use it as a way to escape a situation where some action is required, the post is about that silence...where people ignore things which they shouldn't...

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