In a gruelling incident, our legal authorities have once again shown that the value of human life is less than nil india. Instead of having stronger legislation to save doctors from such attacks, the SC instead told that if doctors are scared, they should sit at home. On the other hand, our health policy is a joke. Our health minister openly says that we cannot ensure health care as a basic right because what if we can’t provide it? Such juveline responses, and they expect to be taken seriously.
Government hospitals all over India are in a bad shape. Eventually, some or the other patient, stressed as he is with the family member’s illness, will want to find some target for his aggression. Then, they end up harming the staff doctors. This is not restricted to the medical sphere. When trains get delayed in Mumbai, there have been many times when the train drivers have got beaten up due to no fault of their own.
When we are in a state of rage, we do not think rationally and we target our anger on whoever represents the organization we are angry with. Yes, stricter legislation may make us more careful and knock some rationality into us, but that is still a band aid solution.
The fact of the matter is that the Indian public is bursting at the seams and getting buried under huge burdens.
Casteism, sexism, classism and all sorts of limitations stop people from having a good life. We are still struggling with basics of food, clean water and healthcare. Naturally, all this frustration and disappointment is gathering within people, and it will show its ugly face somewhere. That is why, we have such a bad case of mental health, violence, road rage, abuse and suicide.
Agreed, we are a developing country and we are still getting there when it comes to the basics. But that is not what our expenditure reflects.
Was a 3600 crore statue more important than healthcare? Are bullet trains more important than accident safety of our regular trains?
The problem has been the same since independence: uneven development agendas. And this comes from lack of research and empathy from the policy makers. The policies we make are absolutely divorced from the ground reality at the grassroots.
Till we get our priorities sorted and make basic quality of life our main agenda, there’s no point making high rises, statues and fancy bridges. A country is made of people, not structures. And Indians are not happy, and large chunks are also moving towards fits of mental unstability which culminates into mob violence. Till we aknowledge this gap, and treat it, we will keep seeing gruesome attacks on the messenger, just because the message, the organization is not adept.