Okay, having gotten most of my early morning work out of the way, I am settling down (in my office chair, not the sofa) to write this blog.
Last night, while going through the Facebook news feed, I read the following:
A on B’s Wall (A and B are two Class X students of a seemingly conservative Indian city) :
‘Listen Up man, I was selected purely on merit, neither do you have the credentials nor the quality. You’re a wannabe. If you do delete this post, well it’s just sad that you don’t have the guts to face the truth.’
Now, I look at this and I think that it’s just some guy trying to take out his frustration on a public forum and obviously attempting to pick a fight with the other. That’s okay with me. There have been times when I’ve wanted to pick a fight in public just to tell everybody I know and he knows (on Facebook,it is everybody) what I think the other person really is. Thankfully, not due to clear thinking on my part, but because of wise thoughts on part of my family and my closest friends, I have not done any of that and I ‘m extremely happy about it as I think I would have regretted the action later.
Anyway, I returned to Facebook a few hours later and the post had some 30-odd comments on it and the last three as I could see it were:
‘Meri limits teri maa ko pata hain’
C: (not A, but C)
‘Pata hai, plastic ka strap-on hai’
‘Lol if I had a strap-on, you wouldn’t be born’
Shocked as I was, the most overpowering emotion I felt was anger, seething anger. I wonder if I can explain the extent of my displeasure. I felt like I could have killed these three guys. How the hell could anybody have said that? I mean, we abuse, we all abuse, but to say something like this, that implies sleeping with a peer’s mother – that is pure disgusting. Today morning, the count was 109 comments and they just kept getting worse.
All I could think was how these guys could even think such things. I would never expect this of an Indian, living in a city known to be slightly conservative. Absurd. What exactly is wrong with these kids? I fail to understand. What is the problem? Where are we headed? Is this the new India, the shining India?
(These excerpts have been copied verbatim from conversations I read on Facebook).