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Will a democracy survive if its citizens are totally unresponsive and irresponsible?
Last week a road rage incident was talk of the town where a brave woman single-handedly fought off goons who misbehaved with her husband in broad day light at a crowded place in UP's Meerut district.

The feud had started when the goons, driving a Santro car, hit the couple on bike while they were on their way back home. It would have been a normal road rage amongst millions had there been no uncommon facts in it. A woman fighting goons by herself surely needs extra-ordinary courage which in itself is a rare commodity.

However the most shocking part was "the behavior of the onlookers". It was a crowded place and when the incident happened several by standers had surrounded it. The women also begged for help while her husband was beaten mercilessly. But shockingly the crowd became the mute spectator. And disgracefully enough there were several passersby at the scene who were seen clicking pictures instead of extending a helping hand.

Even in some of the photographs taken by the bystanders a "policeman" could also be seen who apparently didn't come to rescue the woman and her husband.

At first glance into this incident one can clearly conclude that "Law and Order" in UP has totally collapsed. When the State government was questioned on why there was no arrest of the goons, the first reaction was "why didn't the couple file an FIR?" Isn't it adding salt to wounds?

Instead of questioning the brave woman and her husband who managed to fled that place and saved themselves from goons, hadn't the state government shacked up their police machinery?

Anyway thanks to the extensive vocal media "both social and electronic as well as print" who vociferously covered this issue giving a huge coverage and boosted the spirit of the "brave woman".

But can we simply wrap this incident by blaming government, administration, police etc? Or should we feel ourselves contented as we extended our heartfelt wishes to the brave woman saluting her extra ordinary nerve?

We know "by pointing one finger to someone or something the other three fingers are pointed to ourselves only".

From the above behavior of the mass it is quite apparent by now that our conscience has left us totally. May be we have no more left with human attributes? Otherwise how could we maintain our calm and remain unresponsive in the midst of an unfair affair? Either we are too cool or too much timid but surely not normal human beings...Isn't?

Few days before while addressing the Nation on the occasion of 68th Independence Day, PM Narendra Modi had tried to strike the insensitive and apathetic attitude of ours. We remain encircled with "main kyun, mera kya" (why me, what's there for me) attitude all the time that has become the source for majority of our social and national problems. We no more feel belongingness.

But a democracy never survives if its citizens have gone unsympathetic and impassive because in a democracy "citizens are the real masters." If we as a citizen show our aloofness to injustice, unfairness or inequalities before us, how can we expect our administration or police to be fair or just enough? Isn't goat like people are ruled by wolf like rulers? Where is our responsibility? Even a child will say that grown up have not learnt "the pledge" that they take every day in their school assemblies.

At last let me say what I feel…if Gandhi Ji would have been witnessing the present scenario of our society and the country, he would have been come up with another three sets of monkeys saying…

Burai ko undekha mat karo, burai ko un suna mat karo, burai ke khilaf munh band mat karo kyouki…aisa karne se burai failti hai. Burai ko munh tod jawab do (Don't close your eyes for the unfair before you, don't ignore the unjust before you and don't keep silence for the injustice before you…because that will create fertile ground for these evil to grow. React bluntly and respond boldly to the wrongness and injustice)

At last for Mamata Yadav, the Meerut brave woman who sparked the strength and spirit of all women folk and became a symbol of inspiration to them deserves all my heartfelt wishes…may her tribe increases!

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