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Why Does India Want Respect?

The hallmark of polarization is that it not only divides the country, it divides dining tables at the same time. It’s easier to understand previous generations' fixation on respect and recognition. Young adults on the other hand, who are still dependent on their parents, often end up in a disagreement with them. This leads to despair, which in turn also depends on the level of freedom they enjoy at their home.

When talking about politics, more often than not, your folks won’t agree with you as their stone mentality can not comprehend your ideas. And if you aren’t allowed to talk, the burden of the imposed politics becomes too much to care of. Debates carried out on social media do not help in these scenarios since the magnification of their algorithms don't allow you to understand the vulnerabilities of the other side. Their views are often termed as Draconian, and the carriers of it are considered less of a human. We face an uphill task in this situation where we have to tread through social media morality and our duty of being a responsible kin. I'm in no position to give a solid solution to this ongoing dilemma since I am grappling with it myself. I’ve tried to not base my values on Twitter threads and Instagram posts but on the effectiveness of this system. One thing I can try is putting out what is it that makes learned people side with the draconian ideologies. If we can understand them, we can also find a way to engage with them and not stay in our imposed closets.

Let's say for an NRI, carrying multiple degrees championing these draconian ideologies, it’s twice as difficult than it is for a middle class Indian to think and reflect upon one’s privilege. Their geographical location makes it almost impossible for them to get in contact with examples around them from which they can learn & unlearn things. They live in a bubble consisting the remnants of their culture and heightened patriotism. This magnifies into nationalism as the historical remnants at their home are the only things that are left of their country. But something cripples Indian minds alike, whether they live in the country or not. Being ruled or dictated by someone is a mortifying experience for people who have lived a life of freedom. The fact that India was once ruled by a foreign power has crippled the Indian minds and its discourse. The colonization became a breeding ground for the present mindsets. It reaps in inferiority complex and insecurities. Arguments denying the existence of it makes it more vulnerable towards rigidity and toxic whataboutery. They want to decolonize as soon as possible but the current regimes steps up to colonize it. Changing the syllabus of history text books, talking about our nation on the world stage and defeating other colonizer nations are some of the perfect ways to feed the insurmountable impatience to decolonize it. We should also acknowledge that this decolonized state is also because of the injustice faced by a certain community even though the magnitude can vastly differ.

One of the mistakes, I feel young adults make is that they don’t understand the injustices their own people face while spreading awareness about the injustices faced by suppressed communities. Once you do not acknowledge the injustice faced by the person who you are trying to argue with, their stone mentality kicks in and they become immune to any of your arguments. The problem lies within you both. You aren’t able to understand the disparity they feel and they in turn start using their injustice as a shield of whereabouts which kills the discussion. The subsequent conversation just becomes a toxic exchange of one’s ideas without any understanding of it. This is a problematic scenario, it surmounts the undue pressure on the minorities to decolonize privileged minds in order to be accepted, and without so it is almost impossible to make them realize the atrocities faced by minorities in our countries. Young adults are challenged to walk on the thin rope of making the privileged understand the injustices unprivileged face by reflecting on the injustices faced by themselves.

Written By: Aayush Sharma


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