The real condemnation is to put an end to cycle of death and destruction
The real condemnation is to put an end to cycle of death and destruction
Condemnation is not conditional, it should not be conditional. It comes when it comes and where it comes. It comes with the first sight of a wrong, or word about a wrong. It comes when humans see an injustice being committed. It comes against the exploitation of the already exploited. It comes when any person is murdered irrespective of the cast, region, religion or color of the victim.
Means a man can never decide about the fulfillment of all the conditions before condemning. Condemning comes without any active or voluntary action of the person who condemns. Voluntary or active efforts come into play when we suppress our condemnations, do not allow them to get expressed and of which there can be many reasons.
If we consider the natural response of a normal person towards wrongs, condemnation can be first or second response.
It is first response, and perhaps the only possible response, of showing disapproval where the person who condemns and the place of offence alongwith the offenders are separated by a long enough distance that the offence cannot be prevented from taking place by the former. Here the person cannot go to the place of the offence and stop the wrong from taking place. The main purpose of the condemnations here is to prevent such thing from taking place in future.
However, the first response of all normal man, where the man is witness to a wrong being committed, is to try to stop the wrong with his words, his hands or by any other possible means. Then only follows the condemnation of the offenders and subsequently the punishing or otherwise of the case is decided to avoid the recurrence of the wrong act. This like condemnation is a natural, and involuntary, response where man has very little control.
He jumps to save a person being beaten, takes great risks to save a person’s life, goes to any extend to help a needy person and feels bad if he is unable to do little bit about these people. He never thinks a bit about the benefits he gets by doing these things. This he does simply because some force from within pulls and pushes him to do that. There is little one can do about it and this is about being a real human.
Condemnation has a greater purpose than the act of stopping a wrong from being committed. The purpose is not only to stop the act if is still being committed but also to prevent such acts from taking place in future, and all such acts.
Condemnation is not about uttering some words expressing disapproval of an act but also to take measures so that the recurrence of the act is prevented. Condemnation, therefore, is the beginning of a process, middle part of the process and end of the process. This is the process involving consistency in the efforts and words to achieve the ends of the process.
All this perhaps because humans basically and fundamentally are good as some of the social contract theorists believe and most of the religions of the world accept. Seeing wrongs, committing wrongs and bearing wrongs is against this basic trait of human species. If there are any of them, man uses all possible means to stop that and prevent their recurrence. Personal risks, losses, gains or interests are not given any consideration while doing that.
The wrongs, bad acts and offences can be said only as aberrations and not the rules in the human conduct. But; the reflexes to stop these acts, and condemnation of these acts, are rules, the rules of being human. One who fails on this account fails to satisfy the criteria to use the word human for that person.
Nevertheless, the conditions are changing now and even in the history there are too many of exceptions to this rule. In these exceptions the worst violators of these rules were called as humans and higher seats of power were reserved for these people. They committed beastly acts against their fellow men and yet they were claiming themselves to be the humans of the highest order and races.
In the current times the number of such people is more and their acts have increased in number exponentially. There is no stopping of their acts and there is no condemnation, nobody can dare. If some people try to raise their voices against their atrocities, they are maimed, murdered and mutilated.
Painfully, they, like such people of human history, proclaim themselves as the highest of human beings and the guardians of human rights.
One wonders about the lack of human traits in these men. One fails to understand that why they take pleasure out of the suffering of the other people. Is there really enjoyment out of the suffering of people, can there be? No satisfactory answers forthcoming and can there be answers, and satisfactory answers? When we know about the pleasure one gets by being normal human, by helping fellow beings and by acting the way as is trademark of the supreme of all the creations, how can there be pleasure in acting in any adverse way? If there is it is not the pleasure but something else clad in the guise of the pleasure to put an end to all the pleasures.
Real condemnation has put these men and their acts in check to a lesser or greater extent all throughout the human history. Condemnation has the potential to do the same in the current age also, and is doing so in many instances.
However, there is a developing trend, and a dangerous trend, where condemnation has become conditional. It is used selectively, subjectively and scarcely when it need to be used frequently.
People condemn the act which is against the people belong to their group, religion, region or community, even if the act can be fully justified. And they justify every act by their group against the people belonging to the other side of the spectrum, even if the act is condemnable to the highest degree.
This trend is explicitly on display in Kashmir and additionally in Kashmir the frequency of wrongs, grave human rights violations and violence has increased to an alarming degree. There is good portion of people in the population who use condemnations to avoid responsibilities.
By writing posts on social media or saying few words against some acts of their choosing, and neglecting all others or keeping their inner condemnations hidden, they feel their responsibility is over. But, about majority it can be said that they feel helpless and they are actually helpless.
Their helplessness can be gauged by the fact that Kashmir in the last three decades is facing a terrible time. Worse of things take place daily, there are deaths, murders, blinding, torture, imprisonment of as old as little kids, rapes, damages to property, and prestige of the people, and war crimes have become routine. The frequency of such reprehensible acts is such that there hardly passes a day when the things are not reported.
The result of this is that when any such thing happens we just can condemn the act by few words so as to move on. There are people who are protesting but they turn out to be the victims in the end, they are dealt with the iron fist. They are showered with bullets, pellets and abuses and what not.
They are labeled as antinational and are not treated as humans. If their protesting has made any impact, it is in making the perpetrators even more hardened and with increased lethality of their crimes.
Another grave problem that Kashmiri people face is that some people force them to condemn some acts and not to condemn many more acts committed against the Kashmiris. Some of the news anchors in the Indian corporate television media are even ready to put a gun on a Kashmiris head to force him to condemn the acts of their liking and not to condemn the acts which they don’t want to be condemned. They act as if they are the judge, jury as well as the judgment.
In the milieu, the real purpose of condemnations gets lost, the purpose where prevention of crimes from taking place is the first priority. The result is that the violence keeps on recurring, the wrongs go on unabated and the perpetual dance of death has become unstoppable.
It is the blood and flesh of Kashmiris which acts as a fuel and energy to keep the angels of death in a state of perpetual dance and it is the people, with evil interests, who keep providing the blood and flesh to this dance.
The victims in the meanwhile are from every side, one side suffers less and other more but the suffering is from all the sides. Anyway, there is no doubt that Kashmir is the worst sufferer in terms of men and materials but there is no denying that others suffer as well.
So, the real condemnations would be to put an end to this cycle of death and this cycle of destruction. It is in nobody’s interest, it is hurting all. The real condemnation would also be to stop discriminating when condemning the death of people. Let your natural self to decide which death to condemn and which not and I am sure that that self will condemn every death whether it is of a military man or a militant, a civilian or a policeman, a Pakistani or an Indian.
Our great achievement in these tiring and testing times could be to stay as humans. Let’s be humans, let’s stay as humans and let’s condemn as humans. And, again condemnation should include the steps to solve the conflict which is consuming our human and material resources. Being wise demands us to act wisely and acting wisely means to end the conflict, it is in everybody’s and every party’s interest.