The Dark Ages in medieval Europe were among the most forgettable days in human history. It was a time when religious superstitions and extremist ideologies thrived, a time when women had no place in the society (women who went out of their way to work and study science and medicine were cast out as witches and burnt at the stake), a time when rogues and foolish men fought each other for power and wealth, a time when people killed each other for something as silly as who gets the last piece of chicken on the table, a time when the sword was well and truly mightier than the quill, a time when showing compassion to fellow human beings was considered a crime.
Looking at India in the 21st century a little carefully, a lot of comparisons can be drawn from the Dark Ages. Well, it’s not exactly that bad, but for a developing nation in this century it's a sad state of affairs.
A huge chunk of the population is superstitious even today. In some parts of India killing rats are forbidden, cops actually show more vibe and enthusiasm to catch the 'rat killers' than catch people who've committed homicide. So it goes without saying that killing cows could get you imprisoned for 5 years in Maharashtra is nothing to get worked up about. So no more steak if you have plans to visit Bombay then. It's just another weird ban cooked up (pardon the pun) based on some superstition.
A major political party in India who are flag bearers of religious ideologies is running the nation. And their supporting parties have been flexing their muscles of late and uttering all sorts of rubbish. One wise old sage even took aim at Mother Teresa. The sad part is that there are a lot of 'educated' people who still give their unconditional support to such comments. It is said that a little bit of knowledge is dangerous; and it's starting to get pretty evident why.
A fairly good number of the so called 'educated' people (not just men) are strong believers that women are better off in the kitchen. A woman quitting her job after marriage because of the whims of her husband and his family is pretty common in India.
Sir Winston Churchill once said that after Independence in India "Power will go to the hands of rascals, rogues, freebooters; all Indian leaders will be of low caliber and men of straw. They will have sweet tongues and silly hearts. They will fight amongst themselves for power and India will be lost in political squabbles. A day would come when even air and water would be taxed in India". It seems Churchill had some kind of a time traveling device, because his statements turned out to be pretty accurate. Telling that there are a lot of uneducated political leaders lobbying for power and money in India would be an understatement. Old man Churchill was right about Neville Chamberlain and a post-independent India so it seems.
A security guard was brutally murdered by a multimillionaire because the former was a little slow in opening the gates. To be honest that's more sick and twisted than killing someone over a piece of chicken. There is a huge possibility that the culprit in question might walk free.
When it comes to the old saying that, “the pen is mightier than the sword ", in India that's a saying people hope to use at some point in the distance future. Because here; swords, knives and sticks definitely reign supreme. Speaking out against notorious people could result in having your head chopped off.
Like mentioned earlier, there are people who actually question Mother Teresa's work. They claim that her work was a scam to hide her true intentions of converting people. So by their logic she fed, sheltered and nursed sick and homeless people for converting them? She served leapers and other dying people to convert them? It's shocking what people are coming up with these days. Some seem to forget the fact that nobody was forced to convert. A few people who were nursed by Mother Teresa may have converted just because of the compassion she showed to her fellow beings. But even that number is very small fraction of the actual number of people she helped.
So what is happening to this great nation? Is evil trumping the good? It is understandable if people start fearing that evil is having the upper hand in India after watching BBC's documentary about the 'Delhi Gang Rape' titled India's Daughter. The comments made by the defense lawyers were shocking to say the least. Their sentiments are actually echoed by many prominent leaders in the country. What's worse is the fact that there are a good number of people who are Adolf Hitler sympathizers. So it begs the question, does the average Indian truly have the devil inside him/her or is it just a lack of proper understanding of what being human is all about?
Europe was saved by the Renaissance, so when is India going to have a version of the Renaissance? They say the night is darkest just before dawn. In other words there is hope, because at the end of the day good always prevails.