Town is Angry!

News of people shooting others during road rage are rampant in India. This is happening in almost all cities like Delhi, Patna, Gaya etc. Someone does not give pass/way to a speeding car, the occupant of the speeding car just shoots dead the driver of the car not giving the pass. The person who shot dead the other car’s driver was the son of a politician in Bihar, India. A doctor is playing cricket with his son in Delhi’s park outside his house, the ball hits a motor cyclist and an argument follows and couple of minutes later the motorcycle gang returns with their friends and lynch the innocent Doctor in full view of others; where is our society heading to? Indeed shocking!

Everybody is angry in Town. They are also in hurry and full of ego/attitude. These are all sort of people, well educated, semi educated, illiterates and street urchins. One is not sure whether he/she would return safe once you leave your house in your mechanical transport. There are cases of molestation and rape of girls and women in major towns and despite the best efforts of law enforcing agencies there is no sight of end to these atrocities. Obviously the towns/cities besides being angry and intolerant are also full of people with uncontrollable sexual desire which gets manifested in crime against women.

Analyzing the factors responsible for such acts, I personally feel that we are lacking the moral values. Our upcoming generation is not being taught the Indian values at schools; the values which our ancient saints and social reformers taught us. These were; respect for elders, respect for women, curbing the five evils like Anger, Lust, Greed, Excessive attachment with worldly things and Ego/false pride. Today the youngsters get educated to ‘Earn’ and not to ‘Learn’ and the latter has taken a back seat, the aim being to make more and more money and get rich overnight regardless of the means applied. The end justifies the means. They also look at their parents who adopt any means to make money and so follow suit. The parents,teachers, politicians, public servants, law enforcing agencies  mostly set standards in any society for younger generation to follow  and I feel sad that most of the entities set wrong standards which are devoid of noble values (संसकार) and character. Today, we lack Teachers and Masters who could impart the value based education to our younger generation and reform the society.

Here, I am reminded of a verse written by Guru Nanak Devji (First Sikh guru and a great social reformist of India in 15th century) which echoes similar sentiments;

“ਕਾਮ ਕ੍ਰੋਧ ਨਗਰ ਬਹੁ ਭਰਿਯਾ ਮਿਲਿ ਸਾਧੂ ਖੰਡਲ ਖੰਡਾ ਹੈ

(Kam karodh Nagar baho bharia mil sadhu khandal khanda hai”) (SGGS, Page 171).

“The Town is filled and overflowing with Anger and Sexual desire and these can be cured only by presence of/meeting with the Enlightened ones.”

The above advice equally holds good even now. The elders in the family and the teachers can impart education of good values to their wards. Similarly every city requires  genuine Social Reformers (not the present day God-men mostly inspired by materialistic gains),  who can provide selfless service and counsel to people to follow a noble societal order only then we can hope to see a way out from the present chaos.




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  1. Ashok Sharma says:

    Gurcharan you are spot on. I spent one month in India recently and traveled all over. One thing that became obvious, specially in Delhi was attitude of the people. There was a general sense of entitlement and arrogance that I observed among the people. Now these all looked like well-educated hailing from families with good standing. Their body language projected big egos. They act as if they are doing a favor by being around. There was no humility whatsoever. I have lived in US for past 33 years and have been visiting India every year, more so lately after my retirement and am disappointed to see this kind of behavior on rise. I feel as people progress by gaining better education and more collecting materials, there values regress. Now there are some very accomplished people with very good values there but it seems like as people gain more wealth those values are falling on the wayside. In US I see more humility among the people as they gain more education and wealth, unfortunately, it is reverse in India.

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