Mahatma Gandhi's methods and the Delhi gang-rape case

I had no intention of writing this post, however, after I read a fellow blogger's long post on the matter, could not refrain from commenting on it.
"You know what the saddest part of the story is?

This happens everyday, every single day, in one or the other part of the country.

This time there was nothing that the media had to show since there is pressure from politicians to reduce reporting of scams so they are showing the story. Otherwise, trust me, nothing would have happened.

Even today such incidences are happening across the country, but no one is interested to cover them. They are getting the TRPs from 1 incident, so why work harder!

Sad, but true!"
I've always felt that the reason why Gandhi's methods were successful in the independence movement was because he had master strategists in his team. His methods are like weapons. In the hands of a smart master, they'll achieve everything from him. In the hands of a buffoon,they are dangerous for everyone including its master.

These master strategists knew that for these unconventional (read peaceful) weapons to work they had to be very clear about what the goal/objective of the particular campaign or protest is. And, accordingly, keep all their energies focussed on the goal and refrain from useless rhetoric.

That is exactly what's not happening today. The youth are participating in peaceful protests. But what is their goal? To hang this bunch of half a dozen people. How is that going to help? Its probably only going to scare the rapist leading to the rape victims being murdered after the crime. Scared not of the capital punishment, but of the money that he would have to pay to various people to get away. That is the harsh reality that the urban youth refuses to listen to and understand. Unfortunately, there isn't one mature leader in the country today who can lead campaigns of such scale to logical conclusions.

To get on the streets shouting slogans whether to vent your rage or to be doing the 'in-thing' is not useful. Get on the streets to resolve the problem. Have a clear goal that will have a long term effect. Think about it, the cause of these incidents lies somewhere in the general preference for hatred (instead of love) and the desperation for materialistic gains which are out of one's reach (aka greed). We need to work on these factors. Add to this focus on education (and not degrees) and respectful employment and we are on the right path.

Honestly, while people have their sanguine or cynical opinions about the country's future. I have absolutely no clue where it is heading. Change is happening, and radically so. And change in technology is going to further multiply the rate of social change.

In the end I would like to leave the youth who are out on the streets with just one thought -
"Are you on the streets to ensure that the 6 rapists are hanged or do you want to ensure that no rapes happen in the future? Think about it because the two are not the same."

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