Two things happened in the last week that was in absolute contrast with one another....the nation rejoiced for one and prayed for another. Both news concerned children. Norway finally decided to return the Bhattacharya kids to India on condition that the uncle takes custody of them. India rejoiced. Earlier when the news was out about the kids, there was outrage... “how dare they take away the kids”, “it is natural for a parent to raise their hand on the kids on occasion...nothing wrong in giving a good old fashioned spank on the bottom to discipline...these Norwegians are crazy” so went the reaction. When the news came that after 8 long months, the children will finally get back to india... the entire country rejoiced albeit with a few people raising questions whether the parents were really at fault., and was there more to it than met the eye. The next one which was heartbreaking was the story of the baby “FALAK”.... this 2 year old baby was brutalised, kicked, even bitten and is now fighting for life at AIIMS, Delhi. The police and authorities are yet to find out who did this to her. The headlines and the news channels screamed, ‘the country prays for Falak”, there were demands to hang and quarter the depraved sick people who did this to her. I don’t understand, what were the neighbours doing when this child was being relentlessly brutalised? When this child was beaten black and blue, she would have been crying... did no one notice? Was there not even one kind soul that enquired where the cry wsa coming from or who the child was...or what was wrong with her? Or have we become too indifferent and desensitized to other peoples suffering... or did we turn a deaf ear saying it was none of our business... such tragic news on TV has become part of our dinner routine...to be consumed along with food. Sad really! On one hand we have Norway which comes down heavily on poor parenting and on the other we have a kid in india who is beaten black and blue and no one knew it...or noticed it. For every falak saved, there are so many kids who are beaten, abused by parents themselves in the name of instilling discipline., tortured by unscrupulous employers and we don’t even know or even if we knew, we don’t care or we don’t want to involve ourselves. What is wrong with us? Where are we moving? Why do we always act/ react late? We as Indians, desperately need an attitude change. .. we need not be as over enthusiastic in protecting the children as Norwegians but atleast we can keep our eyes and ears open and report when something is amiss., especially when it concerns helpless kids.