The issue that India is facing is similar to what is being witnessed elsewhere in the globe – everyone wants to b e heard but none is willing to listen that quickly.
There was a time say about a decade or so ago in India, especially in the urban centres that more and more young people wanted to shun joint families and opt for the more open (supposedly) and flexible nuclear families. Their basic premise for this choice was that in a joint family they would not be heard as in such a set up that is so full of aunts, uncles, and in laws their voice is bound to be drowned. Want to know more about this right, buy news articles from any of the information rich media – online, print and audio-visual.
But now having experienced life in a typical nuclear family set up, most of the younger couples loathe admitting that in a joint family there would be at least one member who would hear them out fully. In a system that has room for only the spouses and their child (it is not even children in a majority of cases) once the husband or for that matter wife decides to close their mind to what their partner are trying to say, it is practically the end of the conversation, which in reality never was.
It is really incredible that on one hand, all of us, without exception yearn, and demand to be accorded the right to be heard, but when it comes to our turn to extend the same favor, we suddenly undergo almost like a change in our mindset itself. It is also equally amazing that the moment we become magnanimous enough to listen patiently to others, most issues (that seemed like pressing issues then), dissolve into nothingness and there is happiness being felt by everyone concerned. The recent gang rape in Delhi is a very good example of this contradiction in our lives. It was not as there were no rapes committed in the capital before this shocking incident, but this particular rape only served as a breaking point of the patience that the Delhiites had on the law enforcing agencies. This is precisely why so many people took to the streets and protested on a scale that was simply unprecedented. One can also buy content from any of the appropriate media sources highlighted above.
Now, what made them resort to this level of protest? They were basically pissed off as their plight was never heard by the Police, the courts, etc. On the sideline s of this story is the fact that initially there was great resentment reserved for the Delhi CM Sheila Dixit as it was felt that she was unmoved even after this level of crime happening in the capital. But the moment the CM appeared on one of the leading television channels and heard everyone present and after she also gave her side of the story, the antagonism that people had for her disappeared considerably.
The right to be heard is not just the most basic of our requirements to live life peacefully in civil society, it also remains one of the less talked about and often the most misused as well. Any person brought to the courts for any crime is given a patient hearing by the judge as this is the least anyone can offer to the accused. And this simple act paves the way for not just speedy trial but also a fair hearing as well. The other option available is to buy images from the media sources whenever the need for pictorial support to this story arises.