Gained in Translation: One big scandal

To murder the ones who raise questions or speak up their ideas and thoughts has become commonplace.

Written by Malika Amar Sheikh | Updated: October 29, 2017 8:08 am
india, democracy, free speech, Malika Amar Sheikh, india politics, india society, indian express To murder the ones who raise questions or speak up their ideas and thoughts has become commonplace. And these murderers roam free.

By Malika Amar Sheikh

One big scandal is unfolding around us. The psychological, emotional, ideological, social, and political landscapes have turned atrocious, callous, brutal, and inhumane. On the face of it, everything looks normal, as if driven by an artificial mechanical system. People are en route to work, hanging on precariously in an overcrowded 9.25 am local train, dangling inside the belly of a bus like a foetus in a womb. People are engrossed in chitchatting on mobile phones, computers, laptops, Facebook, and Twitter. Small slaves called ‘children’ are being torn apart mercilessly in the rat race, following the instructions of parents.

Mother kills her children; children kill their parents. Like fruits on a tree, farmers are seen hanging to trees. Political leaders are immersed in engineering devious gameplans to checkmate their opponents. People are drowning in waterlogged cities as if ants and insects. People are getting crushed in crowds. Pedestrians do not have empty, spacious roads and bridges that are safe enough to walk on; even then, bullet trains are being built.

Long skywalks are rendered useless as the location is not favourable for commuters. Metro trains run in semi-rich cities with two vehicles per household; however, from among the hundreds of cars, nobody will sell a car and use the train service. Communication between parents and children is plummeting. The octopus of globalisation is swallowing cities. Mountains are being hollowed out. Sand is being sold; even children are being sold. Mother’s wombs are being hired on rent.

To murder the ones who raise questions or speak up their ideas and thoughts has become commonplace. And these murderers roam free. Democracy now has an invisible whip and we, the people, have become like monkeys riding bicycles in a stadium, or like lions, tigers, and bears jumping through rings of fire, or like ‘Well of Death’ bike riders. Every day we circle the well of death as we embark on a watch’s wheel of time. We are struggling to balance our lives on the high rope of inflation, performing trapeze acts for work and money. Every day we sit in the cannon of terror and shoot to work —with blinded eyes, we just try to make a mark with the knife of words.

Even so, we are calm — an awful, inhumane calmness, heartless nights, unpitying people. To what have we brought this beautiful Earth and how have we made it poorer, helpless, and ugly! There’s no second Earth in this universe. Plus it will take billions of years to make a man. How fast have we learnt to destroy each other! According to Darwin, man evolved from a monkey. But now, man has got reduced to a monkey. I fear, bit by bit, we are turning into primitive hunter-gatherer groups who can cross all limits of violence when it comes to hunting. What is the solution? Words. In a way, if you have headphones plugged into your ears, you cannot listen. And if we also decide to shut our eyes and close our ears, then that too is suicide.


Malika Amar Sheikh is a Marathi writer. The article was translated from Marathi by Rushikesh Aravkar

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  1. p
    Oct 29, 2017 at 11:37 pm
    Yes, from a civilization of seekers and dharma we are transforming into violent western and desert civilizations. Thanks to centuries of disruption, servitude, and enslavement. Thanks to decades of civilizational white-washing. Thanks to appropriation of Hindu temples, lands, and wealth. Thanks to vote bank politics and minoritism! Thanks to continuous exposure to and violence via Bollywood and "media". The enemies are within.... Get back to true Hindu roots, there will be everlasting peace!
    1. G
      Oct 29, 2017 at 4:59 pm
      India is the most tolerant country on this planet. Its people even offers prayer to environment and wish "Sarve bhavantu sukhinah". The author perhaps is unware of the Indian culture. She is also against the development.Whats wrong if a bullet train is planned!. We have reached Moon and Mars and why should we lag behind on the surface. The article only reflects her negative mindset and does not convey any useful information either poletically or socially are religiously
      1. A
        amazed Indian
        Oct 29, 2017 at 5:25 pm
        Great thought but she is also referring to the lawlessness in name of cow , modified videos to make absurd points , people being killed becoz they dont agree with s certain set etc, So please see the total picture as well !!
      2. M
        Mechanical Engineer
        Oct 29, 2017 at 4:59 pm
        What is theme here? What does author want readers' to keep an open ear? Excellent piece of journalism to spread negativity, without providing clear solutions to the problems claimed exist. I want to be realist, but the picture drawn here about modern day or a perticular country is very negative, and that is troubling. Moreover, no solution is provided. Junk article.
        1. E
          Electrical Engineer
          Oct 30, 2017 at 1:29 am
          A snapshot (picture) of a scene does not hold solutions nor does a mirror offer one. Why are you always seeking solutions from others. If you are a Mechanical Engineer you should be understanding the situation, identifying the problem and offering solutions. Instead you are speaking like a greenhorn who passed out from a third rate college by cheating.
        2. D
          D Prakash
          Oct 29, 2017 at 4:50 pm
          Above description is description of human society and human traits. All these have always been there and will always be there. The reason may be due the genetic make-up of humans flowing from Chimpanzees. Chimpanzees and human genes are common to the extent of 99.8 percent and Chimpanzees have murders , rapes , violence in their society too. . But efforts can control or reduce the extent of happenings , frequency of happenings. In ancient Indian society , Rishis and Munis , the thinkers tried to reduce violence in society by transferring delivery of punishment system for injustices to gods. This is the reason that all Hindu gods are attributed of killings the demons or adharmees. Same system is attempted in associate Indian religions too like Buddhism , Jainism , Sikhism. In ME , Europe , America regions , society was tribal even during medieval period ( probably due to less food availability), lacked advancement and so were / are more violent.
          1. A
            Oct 29, 2017 at 1:44 pm
            In other words, we need another spiritual revolution- not just social or economic- only spiritual revolution can do it ! as the modern day economy always encourage consumerism ! and this leads to conquest for materials
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