Criticism is a necessary evil in public discourse. It has an evil component to it which we must not forget. Hence, it is necessary to conduct our criticism in such a manner that it results in +ve outcomes and, at the least, not in -ve outcomes.

It must have 10 attributes.

1. It must be “ApyayamAna”.

It must be articulated as though a parent is prevailing upon an erring child. The intention must be evident to compensate for the bitterness of Danda.

The tenor must compensate for the difficulty of the substance that one cannot see.

2. It must be built for “Longevity”.

The situation may be overcome, the context may get erased in time, but our criticism will stay in some form. The criticism must be relevant in some form whenever it is accessed much later in time. Else, it will stay as a negative example.

3. It must be “Elevating”.

It must help us see the situation from different distances. If you stay too close you can’t see everything. You may start from some point, but you ought to look at it from multiple directions.

Otherwise, there is no point in Criticism.

4. It must not drive away “Friends” sailing in the same.

You ought to articulate in a way that effectively communicates to people who seek to reach similar destinations within your Universe. It should not make Enemies out of Friends.

5. Criticism should not become “Taking Positions”.

That is done only in a war to kill the Enemy. Once you take a position it becomes very difficult to accept a mistake. The articulation of any criticism should not block our backtracking from that position.

6. Criticism is NOT Bharateeya Parampara, “Vyaakhyaana” is.

Criticism evolved in the west as a literary form, it has its roots in high individuality of the west. In the “Vyaakhyaana” the ego is submerged. Criticism is fundamentally an enterprise in Ego. It seeks Victory.

7. Criticism must have a sense of “Exploration”.

Criticism must help understand all the variables of the situation, their interrelationships and the dynamic. Must enhance our sense of problem solving and expand our universe.

Not pinning against a Wall and settling scores.

8. Criticism must not become a “Caustic Rant”.

If we continuously rant in our Criticism it is more an indicator of our own persona & health. It has very less to do with the actual problem.

Genuine problem solvers never lose a sense of resolution. At any point.

9. Criticism must have a sense of “Confidence” and faith in Words.

Shabda is Brahma. The spoken & the written create their own universe. Have confidence that a well written positive criticism has its own long term impact, even if it is less effective in the short term.

10. Lastly, our Criticism should not be “Counter Productive” for the very cause that we seek to serve.

The Form is as important as the Substance. The Carrier Wave determines the success of the Substance Wave.

Be Silent until the right Action dawns upon. That is Tapasyaa.


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