Standing in the middle of the road
J. Peter Daniel
A media has covered the episode of beating the girls in public in a banner of protecting the culture. It has been broadcasted repeatedly in many channels. The crux of the matter is that the VHP volunteers went into the pub and chased out the girls in a violent manner. The media persons stood and covered the whole incidence without helping the people or stopping the violence happening in the pub. ‘Standing and watching’ is the attitude of the contemporary generation. This type of people is the ones standing on the middle of the road.
The Christians have also fallen into the category of video-camera man. They have also started to watch the ‘damasha’ even though the things are going wrong in front of their own eyes. For instance, Christian believers know that the pastors are preaching the wrong doctrine of prosperity theology. These people never say a word against it. It is equivalent to standing on the middle of the road or driving a car in the neutral gear. These people are those who waste their own time as well as the time of others. In addition, some of the followers fall into the trap by following the model.
In Bible, we are see the characters of this type
Jonathan knew that his dad Saul was wrong in treating David. Even though Jonathan helped David, he forgot to rebuke his dad for his wrong doing. It encouraged Saul to multiply his sinful attitude in dealing with his successor David
The reason may be that Jonathan didn’t want to come under the curse of his
dad. Secondly, he gave usual respect to his dad that would have been the
culture those days. Thirdly, he had a mentality of playing safe on both the sides
to earn a good name. Jonathan’s life ended in the battle field along with his
2. David’s brother :
David’s elder brothers were watching the display of Goliath’s talk day after day. They didn’t step in to the battle field for fight. His brother David came to the battle field to give food to his beloved brothers. At that time, he heard a terrible voice of Goliath from the opponent side in the battle field. He enquired his brothers to know about the statement of the opponent. His brothers rebuked him for coming to the battle field. They chased him out from the battle field. At last the story ends that David came out as a victorious man. His brothers were also watching his brother fight from a distance.
A person standing in the middle of the road never allows other person to come forward. He puts a lot of obstacles like discouragement, infusing fear, terrify with the past incidences, brainwash with good words. These types of people are very dangerous. They are just like the Pharisees and Sadducees.
Let us evaluate our self whether we are in the following category.
· Am I standing in the middle of the road when the situation wants us to stand up and move ahead.
· Are we ready to confront the wrong things in the society?
· Are we able to stand up against the false doctrines?
Let us take a stand like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and rebuke the wrong doings happening in and around us.
J. PETER DANIEL M.E.
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Vellore 632 -002
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Slumdog Millionaire – Reflection
As an Indian I am proud to know that Slumdog Millionaire has brought laurels to the country. Danny Boyle the director with Loveleen Tandon has produced a master piece. A.R. Rahman deserves full praise and commendation for his world class contribution.
The script writer Simon Beaufoy has woven the story in a very attractive style that the audience are not bored but taken along the narration. The film has brought the stark realities of India before the global audience. The elite of the country has spoken against the movie as it brings the other side of India, which is not IT superpower urban India but real India.
- Slums: 25 to 40 per cent of urban population in India lives in slums. The movie brings out the pathetic life in slums. The narrow streets, lack of health and hygiene, tin roofs, open sewerage, garbage heaps …etc.
- Lack of human dignity: Jamal (Dev Patel) who appears in the Kaun Banega Crorepati (Who wants to be a millionaire) is ridiculed by the anchor Prem Kumar (Anil Kapoor). It is shown as selling tea is ‘mean’ job and publicly ridicules him.
- Children: Children do not have opportunity for education. In fact, they are kidnapped, maimed and sent to beg on the streets. The money that is collected by begging is taken by the gang leader Maman. ‘Missing children’ in India mostly end up as child beggars in big cities.
- Children and starvation: The starving children steal food in a moving train, roughed up and thrown from the running train. Miraculously they escape. The way the children are treated for this crime is horrific.
- Human trafficking: The stark reality of human trafficking especially of woman is also brought out well in this movie. Women, exploited to be dancers and sex slaves is open fact in India.
- Violation of human rights: The hero Jamal is picked up when he comes out of the show and is tortured to know the truth. How did he know all the answers when more educated could not even the first few rounds. Police are brutal and violate all laws of the land.
- Attitude of upper class: Prem Kumar (Anil Kapoor) informs the police that Jamal could have cheated because he wanted no body in the show to win. He could not tolerate a socially lower class (caste) boy winning the prize of million rupees.
- Riots: riots are a common feature in India. Minorities are attacked with impunity, with the help of law enforcing agencies from time to time.
- Underworld: The mafia gang operates in cities like Mumbai with impunity. They could violate human rights, bribe police and escape. Many teens are getting attracted towards these elements.
- Karma: At the opening scene, a title card is presented: “Jamal Malik is one question away from winning 20 Million rupees. How did he do it? A) He cheated, B) He’s lucky, C) He’s a genius, D) It is written.” At the end of the film, the answer is given as ‘D’ – written. This promotes the idea of ‘karma’ where everything is predetermined and nothing could be changed.
Thus the film has opened the window to view the ground realities in India. Instead of contesting the portrayal, leaders should work to address it.
Rev. Dr. J.N. Manokaran, Managing Director,
Trainers of Pastors International Coalition (TOPIC)
6B1 Doshi Flats, 59 Chetty Street,
Ayanavaram, Chennai 600023
Give drug raid teens a chance, says HC
Advises counselling for 10 of the youngsters caught in the Juhu nightclub bust last year
By Hetal Vyas
Posted On Friday, March 06, 2009 at 06:22:59 AM
Ten teens booked during the October 2008 drugs raid at a Juhu nightclub have been advised counselling by the Bombay High Court, after judges thought they should be “given a chance so their careers are not affected”.
The accused, two girls and eight boys, were arrested on October 5 along with over 200 others from a drug-fuelled party at Bombay 72 Degrees East.
They were booked by the Anti Narcotics Cell of the Anti Terrorism Squad, but approached the HC urging it to quash the FIR registered against them.
Though all 10 tested positive for drug use in the blood tests conducted immediately after their arrest, the teenagers in their petition denied that they were users.
They insisted that none of them had ever even smoked a cigarette. They claimed that they had passively inhaled the drug-infused smoke while passing through the party area on their way to the terrace restaurant.
They had moved the court stating that since they were students of reputed city colleges and intended to take up further education in India and abroad, the case would hamper their career growth.
Taking a lenient stand, the division bench of Justice Bilal Nazki and Justice A R Joshi on Thursday suggested that the prosecution send the youngsters for counselling “so they can have better future”.
“They were just consumers, not vendors. They should be given a chance so that their careers are not affected,” remarked Justice Nazki.
During proceedings, additional public prosecutor Aruna Kamat-Pai told the court that the prosecution is supporting the accused in undergoing immunity (or detoxification). “The fact that they have agreed to undergo immunity means that they had consumed the drugs.”
The court has now granted the prosecution four weeks to decide its course of action.Meanwhile, Dr Yusf Merchant, president of Drug Abuse Information Rehabilitation and Research Centre (DAIRCC), said, “The rehabilitation centre does help addicts get comfortable with themselves.
Youth are usually driven to drugs due to boredom and stress. At rehabilitation centres, we try to increase their self-esteem.
Strong family ties and love of close family members helps drug addicts recover. At my rehabilitation centre, almost 85 per cent addicts have recovered till date. Punishment never works with them.”
Class X student fires at teacher in Lucknow
28 Feb 2009, 2019 hrs IST, PTI
LUCKNOW: A high school student allegedly shot at and injured his class teacher at a school on Saturday afternoon.
Police alleged the Class X student of the Red Rose School was angry with his teacher after he was scolded for not wearing the uniform when he had gone to collect his admit card for the examinations.
“The student had gone to school this morning to collect his admit card for board examinations. And during this he got a scolding from his class teacher Akhilesh Mishra for not turning up at the school in his school uniform.
The student then went to his home and came back with his father’s pistol and waited outside the school, till the school got over and shot at his class teacher as he came out from school,” said Inspector at Sarojini Nagar police station Abhishek Sirohi.
“According to doctors, the teacher is out of danger and currently admitted at Trauma Centre here, while the accused is absconding. No arrests have been made so far in this case. The student is a son of a railway officer,” said the police inspector.