This is not a rhetorical question. Have you ever seen any Indian leader weep for the misery and hardship that millions of Indians endure throughout their lives and often die prematurely from natural but preventable causes? Have you ever seen any Indian leader weep for the thousands killed and mutilated by Islamic terrorism in India? If they do, they must do so in private and is not reported by the press.
I have seen press reports of how Manmohan Singh spends sleepless nights worrying about the families of the Islamic terrorists but I have not heard about him shedding a tear for the victims of terrorism. Ordinary people do weep. Here’s one person, Arun Gupta, expressing his anguish following the Pune terrorist bombing. He titles his blog post simply, Weep.
Abhishek Saxena was a junior at engineering college and the hope of his widowed mother. We are told – that he was passionate about cars, with special inclination towards designing , research and mechanism. “Intensivist Vilas Gundecha, of Inlaks and Budhrani Hospital, said, Abhishek was admitted with severe injuries to the right leg, which required immediate amputation. Following that, he continued to bleed profusely and several rounds blood transfusions (25 bottles) had to be conducted over the past two days. As many as 15 students of D Y Patil College of Engineering , Akurdi, were ready to donate blood to save their friend Abhishek Saxena. But their prayers were not answered as he breathed his last on Tuesday.”
In India, far too often reduce the victims of terror are reduced to statistics. A billion people, what’s a few hundred lost here or there? I always believed, however, that development is the process of conversion of the masses into people. No one should be reduced to a statistic. At least read their names. Indians are typically named with the names of the divine, or else with names of divine attributes. So reading the names will be a form of prayer.
Conversion of masses into people. Which reminds me of Bertrand Russell. The mark of a truly civilized human being is the ability to read a column of numbers and then weep, Russell wrote. The reported numbers of those killed by terrorist bombs are an abstraction. Converting those abstract numbers into people requires not only the ability to read and understand numbers but also the empathy to comprehend the pain and sorrow they abstract away.
Arun has the mark of a truly civilized human being. He weeps. Manmohan Singh and the whole bunch of politicians who are protected from the terrorists are isolated from civilization and common humanity never weep upon reading a column of numbers. The uncivilized never weep.