Two recent incidents have made me thoughtful and then made me write this post! No intention to offend anyone; this is straight from the heart.
The creator of Facebook, Mr Mark Zuckerberg, congratulated his sister named Randi Zuckerberg for an achievement of hers. He posted it on his Facebook page. Normally, whoever reads it, either they leave it there and move on to other posts or write a comment to congratulate her. Some of the Indians found another way to react to that post, in all humiliation more to themselves and the Indian-fraternity than to the Zuckerbergs. Some of the Indians picked her name 'Randi' and confused it with its meaning in Hindi. They started posting all sort of inhuman stuff on Mark's post. Yes, some other Indians responded with rebuke but nothing could stop the other group of Indians from committing the socially-heinous act. Zuckerbergs did not react, and that's their take on it and a noble one, given the scenario.
Most of the cricket followers know about the ball tampering scandal that hit the Australian cricket an year and half ago. Cricket Australia had handed an year's ban on Australian cricketers Steve Smith and David Warner. They did apologize and served the ban; they are now part of the Australian cricket squad playing the World Cup-19 at England. During the league match between India and Australia, some of the Indian audience (Pro-Indian fans as media exactly called) shouted at Steve Smith - "Cheater"... "Cheater"...! Although he did not reciprocate, he must have been deeply hurt; one day we may get to hear from him on this incident, possibly in an autobiography or in a media-interaction! Indian captain Virat Kohli exhibited the professionalism and sportive-spirit at the post match talk by condemning this act by some of the Indian fans .
First incident shows that some of us, the Indians, do not know how to let others live. The second incident show that some of us do now know how to get on with life. High level of hypocrisy exists with visibly no cure! Indian culture is a lot talked about in all positive sense in the current generation. If the incidents similar to the above continue to happen, Indian culture will continue to be talked about in the coming generations, but not for the same goodness as is today. While we continue to praise the past that had handed us with the Indian-cultural standards, we must continue to build them up with inspirational acts rather than pull them down with unappreciative acts. Otherwise, the time is not far away to see the Great Indian Culture being replaced by the Great Indian Hypocrisy!