Q. 1] Are you member of any group?
Q. 2] Do you practice groupism?
How many of you nodded for 1 and negated for 2?
Group and Groupism
‘Group’ carries positive vibes.
A slice of humanity held together by free will and voluntary minds. A hobby, a favorite filmstar, a sport, a belief, a profession can unite us.
It is a survival tactic. We are social animals. We love to cluster, co-operate and collaborate in herds aka groups.
Us vs Them.
What happens when we are kicked out? Snubbed? Ostracized by society?
Rahul Yelange & wife Poornima.
Climbed Mount Everest in year 2012. Ostracized in year 2015.
Pride of Raigad in 2012. Outcast by Raigad in 2015.
Their sins? – Being educated and educating the youth. Reviving trekking expeditions. Starting a dairy farm. Wearing jeans and NOT wearing mangalsutra (the Indian symbol for a married woman).
Read Mohini Kelkar – she sinned by being the sole witness against the village Head’s crimes. Read the Suryanelli case – she sinned by being repeatedly raped and yet having the guts to stay alive; and to finger the rich & famous.
Implicit or explicit – social outcasts are a ground reality with Khaap Panchayats aka Gavakis suddenly sprouting up everywhere and gaining muscle.
Emotional and physical effects of social ostracism:
Imagine being denied access to grocery, schools, markets, temples, markets, offices, buses. Nobody speaks to you, nobody steps forward to help you, nobody acknowledges your existence.
Effects? – Deep humiliation, rock bottom self-esteem, frustration, impotent anger, fear, loneliness, depression, hypertension, heart attacks.
Yes, it is inhuman, primitive and anti-social. Yes, it should be abolished and trounced. Yes, it should be criminalized.
However, my question is :
Given the deep psychological and physical impact of social ostracism, can it become a useful weapon for & by society?
Make no mistake – it is a loaded missile and a ticking bomb. Only, who ought to be the real target?
Have you ever faced it – in offices, in families, in school, in parties?
Part II for more…