Why are people not able to understand reality as it exists and interpret itWhen there is a big danger to the unity of India as a whole, when there is a deliberate narrative by a particular political dispensation to divide people on the basis of religion, when there are deliberate attempts to undermine the judiciary, the police, the ED and the IT departments, and totally silence the press at all levels, it is but natural that there should be counter-force that is so powerful to attempt to make irrelevant, the discourse itself.
Unfortunately, a disturbing trend is noticed in so many middle-class families. When someone who is young or young at heart, brings up a discussion on the wider issues concerning the narrative, immediately, the religious-minded and "I do not care" elements in such families immediately tell the particular person to "shut up" and talk something positive.
This is absolute rubbish. No one has any quarrel about being religious. However, going to temples is not the only solution. Even God cannot save pathetic situations when the marginalized are suffering so much. The only option is to empower those who are suffering and give them maximum avenues for growth. Self-help groups of women, for example, is the perfect example of this. We need a terrible amount of debate as to how to find economic solutions first, based on current realities. When corruption is down, when we have a situation where things can change for the better, we should not shy away from discussing wider aspects of the reality and then take it on. This is an urgent priority.
There is nothing negative in discussing realtiy as it exists and how to change it.