Shahid Batalvi Speaks

with apology to Black Elk for he speaks first

Humanity: What Makes You Human – Redux

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You say Taliban are the problem. They are nothing more than a manifestation of a far bigger disease called apathy to which all of us are a party. We become a party by either active participation or passive complicity or inaction. As I have said time and again, when a country and a society, collectively continues to marginalize and dispossess a large swath of its own people, consciously or not, then a time comes when these people first beg, then ask and finally shove their salvation down the throat of the so called mainstream society. Since the marginalized and dispossessed have no voice of their own, groups such as Taliban, Hamas, IRA, ETA, Tamil Tigers and others, who have their own agendas, fill that void and provide the medium of violence to shove that salvation down the collective throat of society.
When society through socio-political and socio-economic framework continues to perpetuate illiteracy, poverty and disenfranchisement of the mass of its own people, then all who either actively participate or are passively complicit towards this perpetuation are part of the problem. Eventually every society with such variables reaches a point where its Taliban or its Hamas gets manifested and subsequently metastasized. Next time, don’t say Taliban are the problem and the government should fix this problem. Have the courage to stand up and say, I am part of the problem and intend to do something about it. If you continue to be complicit, and indifferent to the far bigger problem of apathy then one day you will not just be looking at the victims but will become the victim.
As Elie Wiesel would say, in denying the humanity of others, we betray our own.
And yes Saniya, as Albert Einstein would say, "The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it".
November 11, 2009

Written by Shahid Batalvi

November 11, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Posted in Humanity

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