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Have we become a cynical society?
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The reason why voters, especially the youth, are motivated to go to the polls is so they feel responsible to exercise their right and choose the best candidate into power. Unless cynicism is uprooted from politics over the years, India as a nation will never be able to progress to its potential. If taxes are being collected from the common man, it is the duty of the Government to provide standard living conditions. Sometimes it is the corruption in society which forces many countrymen to continue living in a cynical world.
In the 21st Century, India as a rapidly developing nation has no right to remain cynical. We need to look at the stories developing around us, to understand that there is scope for bringing about change. For example, look at how many future IITians are produced by a small city named Kota in Rajasthan. Would we have ever thought that this would be possible in a place which did not have several basic facilities in place? It is time for us to wake up and get motivated to bring about a change in whatever way possible. Only then will we stop living in a cynical society.
It is impossible to look at any competitive event such as sport without noticing cheating in different forms. Instead of driving participants to indulge in healthy competition, the hunger to win is making managers employ unfair means. This is visible especially in sports such as rugby, Formula One and football. It is not that cheating itself is rampant- the problem is that too many people today are making a career out of training others to cheat. Take the simple example of the number of Pakistani cricketers being caught in match-fixing across the years. If that doesn’t lead to cynicism, then what does? It sure is a cynical world out there.
I beg to differ from others on this topic. It is not that we have become a cynical society- we always were one, whether in India or across the world. Think of the times when man was a cave dweller- he could not trust his own fellow mates on food. It wasthe time when it was a struggle for survival, and to survive, each one had to think of himself or herself. It is the most basic instinct given by God, intended for the survival of any species on the planet. Deforestation has been going on for several centuries now- isn’t that also an example of cynicism where we have been creating room only for our species?
I agree with Mandakini that it is entirely up to us whether we see the world as cynical or not. It is just like seeing the glass half empty or half full. It is high time we became responsible citizens and join hands with the Government for welfare, instead of fighting against authority. As a responsible citizen, we must be aware of changes with respect to rules and regulations. Every person needs to be conscious about throwing garbage into the bin instead of blaming the Government for lack of cleanliness, as an example. Unless we bring about an attitudinal change, we will always be passing the buck to others.
It is sad to know that at present, India does have a large share of population with cynical views. However, all hope is not lost, since the youth of India, which is more than 40% of the total population, does have a fresh approach towards employment, politics, sports and other related affairs. They do want to make every effort possible to reduce corruption and help the country grow. They also realise that they must exercise their votes for this to happen, and be responsible for their own actions rather than passing the buck.