Saturday, November 23, 2013

Sexual assault by Tarun Tejpal

The recent incident of sexual assault by Tarun Tejpal brings alive the following words of my father, “It seems the Darwinian law of struggle for existence and survival of the fittest is the ultimate and final one and compassion, pity, recognition of the rights of others are concepts that are merely tolerated as a symbol of our advancement towards civilisation. …..How glibly do we pass from professing high moral ideals to the mundane task of doing all we can to protect and promote our self-interest?”

How quickly has Mr Tejpal changed his high moral instance of self-inflicted atonement for an error of judgement to alleging that the incident was a consensual one, when faced with the criminal case against him? Just like the other mortals exposing whom he had been taking pleasure all his life. The high moral ground taken by Aam Aadmi Party also lies shattered. There is a clear message for all of us. We all have our failings and instead of wasting our energies in calling others names, we would serve ourselves better if we use up our energies and time in systemic corrections around us. But then we are hardly capable of heeding the simple and straight messages!

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