Recently I have read an interesting fact, which clearly illustrates the pain and suffering endured by people due to their dogmatic and irrational thinking.
According to it, in the time of George3, It was believed that people suffers because devil resides in their body. More the people will be in pain; more pain will be transferred to devil. So they made a conclusion that if suffering man was made to have a very severe and unbearable pain, devil would leave his body forever. It was implemented not only on citizen but also on the King itself without any success. I hope, today, this type of cure can be adopted for enemy only.
Society changes with change in our thinking; with a change in our belief. Change is always painful. Whoever first opens his mouth, many hands try to close it. One has to endure humility, pain and even condemnation to death to bring out the change. When Galileo said that it is not the sun that moves around the sun, but earth moves around the sun, people get agitated as it was contradiction to the statement written in Holy Bible. He was summoned to court and threatened to withdraw his statement. And today everyone knows who is true? Buddha, Mahavira, Socrates, Christ and many more who sacrifices their life for the sake of change; for the sake of welfare of people. In recent time, I cannot forget to mention the name of Nobel Prize winner Bertrand Russell, a mathematician as well as philosopher, whose books on religion and his advocacy on sex education brought such storm that he had to leave the professorship. He was called beast, dog and many more. It happened in around 1920-40 in England. But today’s people of England realize the significance of his book which once known as books of immorality and obscenity.
Likewise, India has evolved too. Sati- Pratha has completely abolished. Child marriages are at the verge of ending. You would be surprised to know that two of my friends (I will not mention their name) in my Batch (electrical engg. IT-BHU) were married in their childhood. It was shocking for me. But old traditions are so deeply seated in people minds that to change it, is a herculean task. Even today if a boy and girl talk to each other, in many parts of our country, it is understood as indecency. Without questioning ‘why’ they make a concept (axiom will be more suitable word) that this is an obscene. In villages, even today the characteristic projected by’ Manusmiriti’ is followed for females. Marriage, in same caste is one of the most essential laws in society. Daily, in newspaper we read that villagers killed the girl and boy as they are going to wed despite being different caste. Even now, In spite of the fact they have fallen into love and are perfect for each other, very few people dare to accept this due to prevailing orthodox thought of society. I believe inter caste marriage are one of the great way to eliminate casticism.
India is changing. Yes! It is good sign of a happy nation. But there are still some brainless minds that obstruct the flow of change. Some of them are camouflaged in religious cover and some in political. As it is said,”Change with Change for survival”. Scientist are opening deeper secrets of our psychology; our physiology and today in the light of it we are changing our system (like education); destroying taboos (accepting homosexuals, inter cast marriages); advocating clandestine matters (like sexuality). A thoughtful and courageous mind can revolt for change. And Change is law of nature.