People's walking away from problems had aggravated the woes of Punjab, scholars opined on Tuesday during a Sikh youth conference here.
"From common streets to the corridors of power, from canteens to the drawing rooms, this country runs on 'mainu ki' (why am I bothered) attitude. There is filth on the streets, dirty elements in the colony, corruption in the government but people aren't bothered, because they assume it's not their problem," human rights activists professor Jagmohan Singh said on the occasion.
"When we see a girl being harassed, we walk away; and when we spot a young drug addict in the village, we leave the matter to his family alone," he rued, talking about standard responses, saying further that: "One man's problem today may become everyone's issue tomorrow."
Members of the Sikh Youth of Punjab (SYP), student wing of the Dal Khalsa, vowed to rise against drug addiction and disrespect to women. Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) member Kiranjot Kaur and Khalsa College Sikh studies scholar Inderjit Singh Gogoani talked about the threat from drug lords backed by police and politicians.
SYP leader Nobeljit Singh said confronting any malady patronised by the ruling class was never easy but commitment from all youngsters could help.