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Humanity is wounded

motorcycle.jpgThis city too is changing. Day by day the city is changing its skyline, geography, population and with all these changing its characteristics too. The city always changes as a result of developments, which are a positive sign, and it is desirable. But changing its characteristics towards negative side is a matter of concern. If you compare the past and present you will find that the mentality of the people of this city or any other city, have undergone a lot of changes. People have become selfish, self-centered, inhuman and intolerant. Once the people of this city was having reputation of showing humanity, feelings for others, having a heart full of sympathy towards the helpless and the needy. But now nobody is sympathetic to anybody, people have no time for feeling for others, extending help to the needy or helpless or a dying person on the road.

People of the city demonstrated this once again, three days back when a Computer professional on a motorcycle, met a fatal accident and was lying unconscious for about 40 minutes on a main city road. It is not that there was no passer-by that time. During office time, there was continuous flow of vehicles but not a single person was sympathetic enough to stop his vehicle and take him to nearby hospital to save the life of the ill-fated person. Imagine, vehicles just drove away by the side of the accident victim, the way we drive when we see a cat or dog’s dead body lying on the road. We just avoid because we don’t want to run over it again to share the sin of somebody already committed. But here the case was not so, it was a life of a human being and who knows he was very much alive that time and could have been saved if he was shifted to hospital without delay.

There are reasons too for not coming forward to help the victims of accidents. Accident cases being police case, any body who comes forward in such situations has to be involved in the case. In the process of investigation he has to be interrogated by the police. Nobody is having time to go to police station again and again, that too without doing any crime. More over frequent visit of police to a person’s residence or his visit to police station, nobody likes. This is the only reason why people do not want to get involved in any accident case. This being the case, the law should be changed or modified for the road accident cases and also the police should not always suspect the saviors as killers.

Accident may happen to any body. It may be me, you or any of our family members, That’s why it should not be repeated next time to lose another life. Who knows who will be the next victim. So let us not forget humanity, our age-old culture of feeling for others, helping others. Let us do the noble duty of saving a life and get blessed by the God. Saving a life is “giving a life” and I believe God will always be with you who comes forward for such a noble cause.

 
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Posted by on 16/09/2007 in accident, duty, humanity, law, police

 

Gandhi and Cinema

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After death of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi), on 30 Jan 1948, fifty-eight plus years have passed. During these years the greatness of Mahatma has faded out from the mind of people. Today we see Gandhi only on statues & city roads names. He is nowhere in the hearts of young generation. His principles of ‘satya’ and ‘ahimsa’, honesty got confined to the text books of the school students. From this state he has now been freed and his principles came to the light by a popular Bollywood hindi film and he has become a popular icon of ‘satya’ ‘ahimsa’ and truth to the young generation.

But what was his views about cinema? What was the thinking of Mahatma on Cinema of his times? ‘Father of Nation’ himself thought cinema as ‘often bad’ and ‘sinful’. Once he viewed on the Indian cinema expressing a frank opinion: “Cinema is a sinful technology”.

His newspaper editorials and letters to film associations equated cinema with evils like gambling, sutta, horse racing and so on. In his paper, ‘Harijan’, he wrote, “If I began to organise picketing in respect of them (the evil of cinema), I should lose my caste, my Mahatmaship.”

Once Mahatma replied to the Indian Cinematograph Committee, dated November 12, 1927 with characteristic humility: “I should be unfit to answer your questionnaire as I have never been to a cinema.” (Source : Times of India).

Such was the views of Mahatma about cinema. But in 1982, he himself became the subject of that sinful technology, Cinema, when famous director Richard Attenborough portrayed him in his ‘Gandhi’ and through this film he once again came to the light of today’s world.

Recently the same cinema has again portrait him and his principles on Ahimsa and non-violence in a Hindi cinema in a different manner. The same cinema the ‘sinful technology’ revived the Gandhi-ism and made the Mahatma’s principles relevant to the today’s generation. It has brought back the Gandhi wave back in the life of the people of India from Kashmir to Kanyakumari by the same cinema only.

Attenborough’s film ‘Gandhi’, made Mahatma better known to the western countries. In a recent survey he has been voted as number one leader of the century. This was not possible without the film “Gandhi”.

Though Mahatma had indifferent opinion about the cinema, but the same cinema has presented him to the world in a better way and the world also realized about his greatness (mahatma) again and again. Had he been alive today, he would certainly have changed his opinion about the cinema because with times, the cinema also has undergone revolutionary changes.

The cinema industry of Gandhi era was not in today’s form. It was another medium of entertainment only and it was not considered as an art or media as of today. So Gandhi was not wrong in his place to consider cinema as a sin at that time.

In this context, I should also bring out the other acts which Mahatma used to consider as sins. Mr. Jimmy Carter, Ex president of US, said : according to Gandhi, the seven sins are :

“Wealth without works,

Pleasure without conscience,

Knowledge without character,

Commerce without morality,

Science without humanity,

Worship without sacrifice

and politics without principle.”

It is needless to say that the above acts are sins and one should try to avoid in his own life. Let these morals be a mast for life, to sail the life in right direction.

 

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