110 People Died Yesterday

Just yesterday I read this Police Commander’s article.The Loss of Innocence

I work in an online journalism website. Yes, I am an engineer and currently working as a journalist, go ahead judge. I’m almost immune to people’s judgements. Almost.

I started working there from September 1st. My job is simple, putting up stories that we get from our sources. A little editing, a lot of copy pasting. I am trying to get a foothold in my workspace and it is not easy.

But the thing which shocks me is my apathy. Why?

Turn on your news channel, you will find news of murderings, killings, bombings, trade negotiations, rapes and movies. There is a little mention of someone’s accomplishments, like someone winning a Padma Bhushan or a medal in sports. Except cricket, that sport is popular enough.

I read stories about rape, gang rape, killings and all kinds of violence. You will be surprised by the criminal activities happening. I show no reaction to the news. I just do my Job and put up those stories.

Yesterday I told myself to find out how many people died. I wanted to see what’s my limit.

I found out that from midnight to 1700 hrs IST, Exactly 110 humans died. A hundred and freaking ten people. And my estimate can be wrong too!


The deceased were Afghan soldiers, Yemen victims, suicides, accident fatalities and at the risk of sounding frivolous other ill fated individuals. Just look at the list I made! I didn’t even write the news headings fully.

If that raises your eyebrows then you have some humanity left. Because I am insensible to the news, I went to have tea after that. I have read enough blogs about death but this is the first time words have not hit me, made me feel the pain associated with it.

Was I shaken? No.

Did I try to find out more about them? No.

I realized later last night at how screwed up I am. Yesterday at least a hundred families were affected, their lives changed drastically, the changes irrecoverable. And me? I am unfazed.

On the other hand, if the news would have been of animal cruelty or fatality I would have been enraged. Maybe I would be, I am no longer sure. But human fatality? No anger, only now do I begin to feel remorse and will try to sympathize more.

Humans are dying out there! Causes might be heart attacks, accidents or hellish terrorist attacks. Humans die agonizing deaths and I am earning money by their deaths.

If a person reading this has lost someone in some horrible event, go ahead spit the condemning words at me.I have earned them after three weeks.

Humans are dying now. I am sure humanity died long ago.

On Professions

For the last two days I am sitting in the hospital, one of my aunts just went through a surgery.

Now, hospitals are scary. Downright scary. And they are white and all silent and squeaky clean. I don’t trust things when they are clean. Tawdry seems real while tidy seems put up. Like there’s something to be hidden.

And this is coming from someone who is trying to make a career in Medical industry.

You meet the mortality of human life in a hospital, the severe questions of likes  ‘What are we doing with our lives?’ resound in the ears. Resolutions are made about healthy living, tears shed and hard earned money actually comes to use here.

Hospitals and medical industry is important.

Just yesterday I read about the Gabbar is Back movie controversy. I haven’t seen the movie but according to this article, in the movie there’s a scene in which doctors are portrayed in a negative way.

IMA is demanding the scene be culled, a disclaimer saying that views are subjective to the maker and movie be banned till such demands are met.

Doctors, once a very respected adepts, are now looked at in suspicion. In India, the profession which is in turn responsible for saving lives is in fact accused more than once of taking lives. Just look at the newspapers, more doctors are in the headlines for something illegal and unethical than doctors who are sincerely hardworking and honest. And TV shows, though made with an intention to spread awareness only helped in demeaning doctors and all related personnel. I get it, people are made aware these days to prevent being victimised by an ever lurking opportunist. Its the right thing to do.

Yes there are black sheep in this profession, but where aren’t? A perfect example would be the recent documentary ‘India’s Daughter’ in which lawyers open up and express their feelings. If you haven’t watched that documentary then you should. The umbrage you will feel at such statements will be unparalleled.

Like I said, a few people are bad. In every profession. And in saying that I give support to both movie and IMA. Because to each their own opinions. Its subjective.

The reason I wrote the post was that statement in the article that says doctors are a noble profession. And while that’s not debatable but isn’t every profession noble? Armed forces? Teachers? Bankers?  And on and on.

Every profession is noble. Today in the same newspaper, a pune residing garbage cleaner’s story is shared, on how she lives her life and now she attended a International Labour conference in Geneva. I can argue her work is no less noble! (Read that story here)



Ah! India! There is always sometimes to debate over.