Cruelty toward animals is not some random act. It does reflect some masochistic tendencies. But the people who do this sort of thing to animals would do the same things to human beings. However, the only thing stopping them is law and order. It’s not that there aren’t laws against animal cruelty. Acts like the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 in the Indian constitution prohibit violence toward animals.
The world is full of binaries and we, as humans, are conditioned to compartmentalize things in our heads. The demarcation of things in black and white in a concretized manner makes it difficult to analyze the grey part let alone trace it. I get curiously reminded of Hercule Poirot’s “little grey cells” as the essence of thinking truly begins in it. For example, one person betraying the other in a relationship leads to heartbreak and eventually the conflict is ‘resolved’ only when the one who betrayed apologizes. The acceptance of apology normally results in a “patch-up” owing to the act of forgiveness. This is where the idea of conditionality associated with forgiveness comes in which includes the involvement of two participants-the victim and the guilty as a result of the impact of the Abrahamic tradition.
This world belongs to different kinds of people having various social identities. When a person is born, several layers such as race, caste, sex, religion, nationality get attached to their identity organically. It remains with them till death. The interconnectedness of these factors results in an interdependent system of discrimination and disadvantage. People experience the […]
With the Covid-19 pandemic taking center stage, nations have begun competing against each other to vaccinate their population. It has become all the more important now, more than ever to discuss Medical Apartheid. Apartheid is an Afrikaans word that plainly translates to ‘apartness’ or ‘separateness’. It is a racial segregation policy that affected millions of […]
All my life people have told me that my father always led a life for others, mainlybecause he was the only living heir to a huge kindred and inherited a large sum ofmoney. However, his charitable attitude towards mankind ensured that most of what heinherited was put to use for the welfare of others. I […]