Posted on March 26, 2020 by Pranav Kakkar | Student Speak
Living in the capital city of Delhi for a student is a confusing time, juggling between us vs. them analogy all the while, be it politics or religious sentiments. In the process of choosing a side the innocence turns into a rebellion, often without a cause. The pressure of being a student in Delhi pushes the silver spoon deeper in the mouth and expects you to give back the "privilege" we have been endowed. While modern western literature lacks the Indian perspective the onus is on us to introduce this perspective into the western culture.
Studying various courses and attending lectures and discussing ideologies that might explain the irrational, bizarre way in which mobs behave and react. The discussion gains physicality when we see protests on the streets of the capital city. All ideology sure take a hint on what is going on in the psyche of the mob, but it always seems like the thing we are hammering isn't quite the head of the nail. A piece in the puzzle is missing.
The age-old debate and tussle that research, science has with religion is an interesting one. It lays the ground for the hypothesis to brew and have further insight into what is playing out on the streets. The old Sanskrit scripture, Yog Vashishta is a conversation between Rama in his youth and Rishi Vashishta, where Rama gets existential and asks Vashishta the "secret" to break-through and embrace the Earthy suffering. Vashishta suggests that the mind is an instrument that identifies with affiliations and protects it, and the break-through is to leave all identifications and create a meta-layer of knowledge and awareness, that refuses to identify with social tags and get dragged into it. While such claims have been laughed upon and considered incredible in the west. There are religions like Buddhism and people like Vivekananda who backed this claim for generations.
The debate on hand is that, in the modern era with the rise of the internet and social media, with fake news being a living reality, aren't these old scriptures needed all the more? While they tend to represent views and opinions that might be dogmatic and rigid in nature, they hold substance that gives real-life solutions to the problems of the modern world.
Social science is the fishing pool in the coming times and they are increasingly going close to understanding mass psychology and developing research, however, the Eastern old scriptures which tend to compliment the researches seem to be missing in the literature. Is it right to blame the follower mindset of the Eastern crowd for this deprivation in the modern-day research?