Is expression of anger due to some misconceived threat perception right?
To get angry at wrong doings is good. To get angry at any real or perceived threat to our security is not just good but our duty and right as well. But we are justified to express it or raise our voice only when we have been actively and forcefully expressing, if not our rage, at least our angst at other real and much more damaging issues like food adulteration, water pollution, rampant corruption and many others. One such very grave but most neglected problem is that of road accidents. For a minute put aside some perceived or probable but comparatively distant threats including terrorism, communal riots and mob-lynching, and think about the real threat lurking at our doorstep every hour of the day in various forms — a drunk driver, a speeding vehicle, an open drain hole, a large pot hole etc. One never knows when he or his kin will be drawn into a road accident without any fault from his side.
No other threat to life is real and greater than this because the maximum number of deaths in our country is due to road accidents. In 2015 as many as 146,133 people were killed in
an increase of 4.6% on the previous year. In 2016 the number was 147913 (or
12326 per month or 405 per day). This means accidents are killing more people
than terrorism or natural disasters and yet we never talk about them and get
angry at the system that helps perpetuate the threat instead of trying to remove
More than half of the people killed in more than 500,000 road accidents were aged 15-34. Thirteen states, including Tamil Nadu,
Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh,
Karnataka, Kerala and Uttar Pradesh, accounted for more than 80% of all road
accidents and fatalities. Of these 81.9 % were due to driver’s fault. We are aware of the lackadaisical working of RTOs
in issuing of driving licenses and other matters but there is hardly any report
of activists demonstrating there. Where is the anger against the system
directly responsible for killing of more than 350 young people every day? Is it
not a graver and real menace than other magnified perceived threats?
For the problem to have become so menacing our apathy and silence is responsible. More responsible than the common man are the self proclaimed intellectuals. Even among them those who are recognized and established in their respective fields as well as those who are involved in social activism have a greater responsibility simply because of the fact that their anger becomes news and the grief of common man goes unnoticed.
Is it not time they asked some honest questions to their own self — "Is my anger due to perceived threat to my comfort zone?", “Am I angry because a part of the society appears to be going against the utopian ideology, I have convinced my self, to be aimed at greater good of mankind?”, “Is my anger driven by impatience to see some desired healthy changes in social environment that become acceptable only with due passage of time?”, “Is my anger not inspired by the prevailing political winds that tend to magnify, with the help of TRP driven media, any and all stray incidents into threats to the society at large?”, “Is my anger not misplaced as I consider that the perceived threat to me is greater than the real threat to the man on street which, if not tackled on priority, is sure to engulf me too?”