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Exploiting Tragedy for Vanity: The Shameless Display of False Philanthropy in Manipur

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Exploiting Tragedy for Vanity: The Shameless Display of False Philanthropy in Manipur

In recent times, Manipur has witnessed a disturbing trend: the rise of shameless philanthropy. Instead of genuine acts of kindness and support, we are witnessing a grotesque display of self-promotion disguised as charity. The recent devastation caused by natural calamities like hailstorms and the tragic displacement resulting from ethnic violence has brought out the worst in some individuals.
Instead of offering meaningful assistance to those in need, certain individuals have chosen to exploit their suffering for personal gain. They roam around the affected areas, handing out meager amounts of money as if it were a mere token gesture of goodwill. But their true motivation becomes evident when they whip out their Smartphones, eagerly snapping photos of themselves with the victims. These images are then plastered across social media platforms and newspapers, serving as trophies of their supposed generosity.
What is most appalling about this behavior is the complete disregard for the dignity of the victims. Instead of treating them with the respect and empathy they deserve, these self-serving individuals view them as nothing more than props in their quest for public validation. They care less about alleviating the suffering of the victims and more about how their actions will be perceived by others.
True philanthropy is not about seeking praise or attention; it is about genuine compassion and solidarity with those who are struggling. It is about recognizing the inherent dignity of every individual and providing support without expecting anything in return. The shameless deeds of these individuals not only cheapen the concept of philanthropy but also inflict further harm on those who are already vulnerable.
It is imperative that we, as a society, condemn such behavior unequivocally. We must call out those who exploit tragedy for their own selfish ends and demand accountability for their actions. Let us reaffirm our commitment to true philanthropy, rooted in empathy, integrity, and a genuine desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Only then can we truly honor the dignity of the victims and build a more compassionate society for all.

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