As children we see the world as it is. We accept each other.
We have no inhibitions and the peace that we shall so frantically
seek in our later years is there for us to revel in. But very
characteristic of our humanity is to flounder away something
precious as that. At the same time there are children who
are attacked by poverty and hunger. They are deprived of the
most basic human essentials to lead a life of dignity. But
why are these children in such a situation? An answer inevitably
brings us face to face with the issues of such a sustained
poverty, which has thrived in some places for millenniums
now! It must not come as a surprise when we realize that a
good deal of this sub-human existence that these dear ones
find themselves in have origins in human thought and action.
There is a human system that sustains human misery. We, at
YOUNG INDIA want to start dismantling this system and pave,
through our own modest and humble ways, the path for a system
that is dynamic, global, and peaceful and redeems and preserves
the value of human life. Above all it must be sustainable!
A mere statement or recognition of the impediments to global
oneness and human development will not suffice if our intentions
have an ounce of sincerity within them. An approach, a way
of thinking in conjunction with tangible steps is the first
starting step in our journey in search for answers. Scientific
studies have shown that 99% of all human genetic makeup is
similar. This fact ties in with almost all religious and secular
humanist beliefs of a sense of oneness that resides within.
A common humanity can only spring from an understanding that
the differences that we perceive are merely a surface phenomenon.
So, why not evolve a culture or revive those schools of thoughts
that celebrate the outer diversity with the knowledge of the
commonality that pervades within? What stops us? The other
guy, who isn't as thoughtful? Weak. Mahatma Gandhi once said:
Strength in numbers is the delight of the timid. The valiant
in spirit glory in fighting alone. There are inspirations
for us throughout history. Instances of an individual standing
against what was wrong and making a difference for all times
to come. Let us remember those and pay our homage to them
through carrying forward that tradition.
A cultural basis such as this puts all humans on one platform.
Each one of us has the ability to make ourselves heard and
not be drowned by the noise of a maddening mob. Democracy
is a natural product of our envisioned cultural Diaspora.
But it too is an evolving idea. A democracy that furthers
the right over majoritarianism is the one that we are in search
of and want to build. Today such democracies are rarely found.
Democracies are devoid of alternatives because social consciousnesses
are in a state of stagnation or too self-indulged. Sectarianism
and divisiveness are finding more room and acceptance in democracy
by manifesting themselves as political tools. This is another
cultural shortcoming that has come to bear upon democracies
and their political systems.
Culture cannot, however, be sustained by goodwill alone (As
much as we may want it to). Any society that neglects the
material needs of its members is living in a state of delusory
calm. A culture that talks of human dignity strives for the
economic well being of all. Well-being need not necessarily
translate into equality of wealth for all but it must mean
an equality of opportunity. Such a cultural foundation alone
can use democracy to fully express itself. A politics that
facilitates such an expression is the need of this hour in
In conclusion, whatever we do we should always remember that
life is a gift and if our search is for peace then we must
find it within first. An understanding of the pain that others
are in is essential to build a more compassionate and fair
world. So, start thinking and exploring ways, big or small,
through which you can contribute in creating such a culture.
Remember that democracy is an inalienable part of such a culture
and politics the medium to affect democracy. Hence, political
activism must become our creed. Agitational politics has had
its day and the time to discover an altogether new realm of
political existence is upon us. This one has room for all
as long as there is sincerity in our effort to reduce and
eventually eradicate the misery of all of our fellow humans.