Are Indian families low hanging fruits for the criminal elements in the society? So long as anyone is vulnerable, the wicked is going to take advantage of him/her. This is not an Indian/ African issue but a human issue. The weak and disorganized in all societies are exploited and in most cases by their kith and kin who are expected to protect them.
Buddhism and its philosophy of ahimsa (nonviolence) had weakened northern India making it vulnerable to invaders. When Alexander of Macedonia invaded Bihar, the region most of our indentured ancestors came from, it was under Buddhist rule. Thankfully, Chanakya was able to mobilize the people and the Greeks were expelled.
The eastern and western arms of India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, were so weakened by Buddhism that the invaders from central Asia had a field day murdering, plundering and converting Indians to their way of life. In the 1940s these parts of India went their separate ways to form the state of Pakistan. Mahatma Gandhi’s nonviolence simply completed the work started by Buddha.
Nevertheless, the Buddhist of Myanmar, Sri Lanka and other parts of Asia understood their history and do not want to have it repeated, hence their aggressive response to the maneuvers of the Rohingyas by the military of Myanmar.
The Hindu scriptures are laden with stories of the wars between the gods and the demons. It is when the demons are threatening the world that Vishnu, the sustainer of the universe, takes incarnation to destroy evil and restore righteousness.
The demon Mahish was not an African or a white; he was an Indian, a Hindu who prayed to Lord Brahma for the boon that he would not be killed by any man but by a woman which he scoffed at. With this assurance he invaded the heavens, drove the gods out and took charge. Were the gods not too complacent and their intelligence failed them?
Are Indians not like the gods and our leaders like Lord Indra, unmindful of social realities and hence their vulnerability? But the gods were fast to respond to their plight. They sought the help of Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma who merged their energies to create Durga, a fierce goddess who proceeded to heaven to destroy the demon.
The demon Mahish was a shape shifter, changing from one beast to another until he was finally slaughtered by Goddess Durga. The enemies that the victims of crime are up against are not confined to the criminal elements but their sympathizers in all walks of life including the media, the political arena, and the corridors of power.
The reality is that the world has no place for the weak and disorganized. Crime is not about race; it is about the weak and the strong. Victims of crime are those people who have failed to demonstrate in actions that they would not be anybody’s victims.
Home invasion has little to do with race. If it was so, the homes and businesses of the 1% would have been invaded and members kidnapped but that is not happening. If today Indians are the victims of crime, it is only their making. If they find that the government is not protecting them, they have the avenue to change the government. Unfortunately, within the Opposition those against the political leader have failed twice to defeat her. What does this say about the situation of those who want change? They genuinely desire change but are not prepared to work for it. That is the reality that victims of crime must accept and live with … hopelessness and opportunists, not visionaries and workers.