Friday, May 21, 2010

Damage can't be undone

This is my belief that damage done can't be reversed or undone. Crying over spilled milk is useless.
Imagine an event E with two actors, A and B. A did some damage to B. Sometime later in the timeline, B decides to payback and does some damage to A to feel better. Now, damage done by A to B can never be same as damage done by B to A because of different circumstances. "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."
Forgiveness doesn't help either. People take advantage of such attitude. Striking back is definitely better strategy but then, its as good as useless once the damage is done...! We try to find a solution, a way around it, but it stays, it always stays even if the wounds are healed, the pain is gone...
Some bad damage had been done to Maoists, i.e., tribals living in naxalbari and other regions by the government officials. Now, who cares for tribals? Do you? But then sudden switch from being indifferent to hating those people... is that really justified? We read some news one day and conclude the people or organization doing the damage are the bad ones.
The case of Maoists is not the same as terrorists (based on religion). Terrorists are blind, Maoists are victim of circumstances and they're fighting back now, making other innocent people victim of circumstances like them. This makes punishing Maoists inevitable but doesn't justify hating them. They're following a very fundamental law of nature: response to stimuli.
Any animal scares me at first because I can't talk to it or make sign languages to establish some kind of communication. The hosts, in case of a dog, always told me, "he doesn't bite, just stroke him, or let him sniff around and he'll leave." Well, why would the dog do anything to me unless I, or some other human have done some damage to the dog? I've heard similar stories about snakes, and perhaps this applies to every living species.
The series of killings from either side must be stopped asap. If not, more people would be subjected to, what I'd call, series of unfortunate events.

7 comments:

Himank Sharma said...

At first i was thinking, you are beating the same beat which has been played by many before but that Maoist analysis was good :)

Abhishek said...

@Himank: Thanks :)
I got this idea while discussing about it with Pankaj at facebook.

rohit said...

what if someone is wrong? what if the perspective of maoists to judge what was done to them in the past is not neutral but a biased perspective? what if the movement has moved from revenge-taking to a employment-generation types? Are they ready to take other options available? Are they moving in a collective-blind situation?

there are lots and lots of questions to be answered to judge a stand of a group or to understand the decision of govt or any individual!

Abhishek said...

@rohit: Yup! And that's why we should start thinking... one by one all the questions shall be answered and we can then take a stand on an opinion!

Paradox said...

Maybe this whole Maoists agenda began with the idea of 'retaliation' to the 'injustices' and blah blah....

But the thing is.. that idea seem to have lost its way ... it has taken a political shape... there is too much power involved... and as such it has become the biggest threat to the internal security... no matter how 'holistic' the basic agenda of Maoists may be.... but as of now... it can only be curbed with combative action...

My views sound too shallow on this particular issue.. but 'injustice' 'exploitation' 'neglecting a particular community' .. all these crime stand no where in comparison to the massive killings of innocent people (which the Maoists are doing right now)... Period.

manish said...

freaking bad post.......
"Forgiveness doesn't help either. People take advantage of such attitude. Striking back is definitely better strategy"...WTF it is?? :-o
Your post is all ambiguous......
And I don't know much abt people like you but from my personal experience.."Forgiveness always helps. Forgiveness is not ignorance, it is intelligence." Hope you could take something good out of above lines.

manish said...

Adding to the last comment...
"To err is human, to forgive is divine" :)