Shirking our Collective Responsibility is Immoral and Irreligious

Shirking our Collective Responsibility is Immoral and Irreligious

Kashmiri society, despite the steady and inexorable pressures wrought by the forces of modernization, continues to be a cohesive unit. The family and family values continue to inform our collective and social ethos; we are a humane and a kind people which explains the relatively less incidences of violent crime in Kashmir. However, we also appear to be a bit self absorbed. This self absorption is reflected in our lackadaisical and tepid approach towards social responsibility. Best illustrated by the apathy and indifference to the victims of violence in Kashmir, we shirk away from our fundamental duty- enjoined by both our religion and ethics- when it comes to rehabilitating these unfortunate victims. By and large , the victims of violence, who elicit sympathy and empathy initially, are then left and abandoned to their fate. The sorry saga of pellet gun victims illustrates this societal indifference. In the heat of the moment, people express sympathy, support and even righteous indignation, but with the passage of time these victims are left to the sufferance of vicissitudes and ups and downs in life. Sometimes, the victims are sole bread earners of their families and other times, they are at a tender age. Either way, rehabilitation in terms of recovery from injuries, financial and economic or even psychological, the burden of restoration falls on the victim’s family. We all know for fact- either vicariously or some of us who have been victims of misfortune( accidents, natural disasters or illness)-, that calamitous disasters of this nature are debilitating. They incapacitate people. The burden is not just personal. That is, it does not affect only the individual but the entire family which, often times, has to incur opportunity costs- taking care of the victim at the expense of employment, or making a living. This very fact should jar our collective conscious and spur us into action. There are innumerable ways that we, as a society, can help victims of violence. We can pool our resources, money, time and anything else we can spare and then develop mechanisms to help victims of violence cope with their miseries and plight. This is, to repeat, both our religious and moral obligation. Dignity is the sine qua non of human existence and it is incumbent upon society to ensure that all its members live a dignified life. We must therefore take this to heart and try to come up with collective mechanisms that alleviate the miseries and misfortunes of the hapless and unfortunate victims of violence. Moreover, misfortunes- death, destruction, illness or accidents- do not announce themselves. They take us by surprise and in a conflict zone like Kashmir, this is all the more poignant and stark. Anyone can be a victim anytime. If nothing else, it is this that should concentrate our minds and spur us into action.

One Response to "Shirking our Collective Responsibility is Immoral and Irreligious"

  1. SKChadha   February 8, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Oh …. what a joke demanding the public to compensate the stone pelting crowd? Isn’t it a call of Zakaat for the families of criminals died in local police action? And it is for compensating and funding those who were pelting stones on their own law enforcement agencies.This happens only in Kashmir?

    Aren’t we trying encouraging jumping jokers of valley, who encouraged youths, paid them, indoctrinated them and put them before the forces with stones in their hands? And against whom ….. our own law enforcement agencies?