Posted: 08 November 2012 at 5:21pm | IP Logged
I kinda expected the village to react the way it did to what has happened with their Sarpanch. I do not blame them. In the society that we live in with social norms, there are certain binds and rules.. Sampoorn did make a mistake.. How and why, we do not know and for many that is not needed either.
He broke something that is considered most sacred. A marriage and with that the trust of his wife and his village.. They say that ceasar's wife should be above suspicion. I think the same applies to the sarpanch too. Ramayan gone in the reverse
But basically that is not what I wanted to write about.. The way that RV's friend's mother reacted yesterday as he carried his sister behind his father and the way Chachiji reacted when he got milk show us the prejudice that sets into people as soon as something goes wrong..
"He is a killers son.. " "He is like his father, the thief" That is how we are wired to think. Think the worst. Because we are afraid.. Because we are prejudiced.
I am prejudiced too. I try not to be but I am. Every one of us is in someway prejudiced.. The ones who are truly above and beyond that are these innocent young ones... RV and the children.. They do not see Veera as the 'other woman's daughter.. She is RV's sister.
This will change. As they grow up, society will teach them to think in a certain way. Their views will be mired with the ideas they are fed with. But today, they are those pure innocent souls especially RV.. who sees a small child. a small beautiful baby who is just another sister..
It is no fault of little Veera that she was born out of wedlock. Yet she will remain shunned by the elders.
The children though. I am sure have no such prejudice and will accept her.. Atleast I hope so.. If only we have the innocence of the child, our world will be a better place..