Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Confused state

Two types of generations crop out of turmoil and uncertainty. There are those who create confusion in order to grab every opportunity to earn as much as they can to safeguard their future (by fair and unfair means). They get support and services of the vested interest groups and make them powerful to rule the roost. Another crop belongs to those who become fragile to volatile situations and are incapable to handle their day to day life. So they prefer to take refuge in silence and become mute spectators of the moral and social degradation. Most of them turn into mental wrecks and hardly care about their fate or future. The end factor means the degeneration of the community and loss of trust among each other, so beyond any reformation. Today if we look around us, our society has, intentionally or unintentionally, got split up into these two categories of people which have started to eat into the vitals of our society. Most of the ailing population is only witnessing the despair and destruction around whereas the other group of corrupt, opportunist and powerful is busy in looting, plundering and polluting what is left. Our state has a large percentage of ailing population at the moment. No matter if people are mentally sick or physically dying with newly diagnosed diseases, one section of the society has grabbed the “golden chance” to manipulate the vulnerability of the sick by selling cheap and substandard drugs that are hardly used in any state of India. Do not blame just the Indian companies for this menace; locals are hand in glove with them and provide every opportunity to market their products here. Most of the patients are being treated as guinea pigs by the Indian and local pharmaceutical companies for their trials. Not to talk of laboratories and medical/research centres that is being established on great demand in every nook and cranny of the state. The big health centres of the Indian metropolises have also set up their offices in most of the district headquarters. Not a single soul seems to be against their business set-ups, but most are against the trading of cheap drugs and making money out of the vulnerability of the mentally sick people. Political uncertainty, wherever it is, creates confusion and chaos in a volatile situation and becomes a big hurdle in the development and mental growth of that region. Our state is no exception to that but the unpredictable circumstances here have left no chance for our people to look into their lives, society and community. Our society has become crippled and its youth is always a focus of political persecution and mental intimidation. Today our society is reeling with mental ailments. Ironically, these ailments are hardly accepted as diseases by the remaining healthy population. In medical terminology mental ailment can be as fatal as cancer or cardiac arrest though the concept is yet under-developed here due to which patients suffering from depression, schizophrenia, etc are looked down and again, ironically, do not get proper treatment. The situation is alarming. Unfortunately local and central government have not yet realized its impact and serious repercussions on the health and mental development of the coming generations. Regarding another category of people, they are clever, selfish and conniving and have learnt the art of looting, plundering or pillaging the most vulnerable section of the society. Political uncertainty has a tendency to develop an element of hoarding, grabbing and grafting in order to secure the future of those doing it but not to the extent as it has been done in our state where cruelty has become institutionalized. It is only a tiny minority of the population who has no fear of God (though they are always found praying in Church) and they exploit the fragility of the vulnerable class. They run the vital power centres and if any conscientious soul raises their voice, he is branded as anti-national or anti-social and even blamed for working against national interests. Our state has now become an epitome of this terrible quagmire. And this is what we are all silently witnessing here.