Recently a video surfaced on the Internet that shows a man mercilessly throwing a helpless dog off a rooftop. According to reports the man is a medical student from Chennai. While animal rights activists acted immediately, a sad fact comes to light. Are we, as a country, insensitive to our fellow beings?
The Preamble to the Constitution of India states: “We, the people of India, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a sovereign socialist secular democratic republic and to secure to all its citizens:
JUSTICE: social, economic and political;
LIBERTY: of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;
EQUALITY: of status and of opportunity; and to promote among them all
FRATERNITY: assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation;
In our constituent assembly this twenty-sixth day of November, 1949, do hereby adopt, enact and give to ourselves this constitution.”
But do we abide by our Constitution?
India is a country of diverse cultures. As different as the flavors of our spices are the states of our country in their attire, language, religion or food. Yet all these unique aspects blend together to make one India. We have slowly begun to not just accept but also appreciate our brothers. There is now more migration of people from north to south and east to west.
However, in certain matters we still have a long way to go before we achieve absolute equality. There are still many qualities that some of our brethren need to inculcate.
It is not to say that all of us are cut from the same cloth; most of us are kind and gentle in our approach and demeanour, yet it is because of a few tactless and mean people that India is saddled with uncharitable epithets.
Here are a few examples where some people display callous behaviour giving the entire Indian nation a bad name: