Narcissism, an inflated ego, a disregard for everything apart from your own self - Almost all of these traits stem from one thing - entitlement.
A sense of entitlement comes from a sense of power, and India is a cesspool of individuals misusing their power.
The children of the rich and powerful grow up with an abnormal sense of self.
They get what they want when they're growing up, there's yes men surrounding them at every corner. This tends to mould them into abrasive, toxic individuals by the time they hit adulthood.
Just look at this recent case. An ex-BSP MP's son brandished a gun outside a prominent Delhi hotel. He was enraged after a woman stopped him from entering the women's bathroom.
पागलों का शहर दिल्ली। जहां पैसा , शोहरत और अमीरी एक लाइलाज बीमारी। pic.twitter.com/2aFzb28wxQ— Sanket Upadhyay (@sanket) October 16, 2018
What a sickening, crass state of affairs. And this pointless display of machismo and power is just the tip of the iceberg.
There have been multiple instances of the progeny of the powerful utilising their clout to threaten, intimidate and silence the ones who stand in their way.
The entire situation can be summed up in one timeless refrain courtesy Delhi - "Tu jaanta hai mera baap kaun hai?"
This line - we joke about it, we meme it, we say it in passing, but it comes from a place that's not funny at all. It's a statement that reeks of entitlement. It's an all-pervasive saying that we've normalised. But we've normalised it because it's so damn common, and that's the scariest thing of all.
Delhi, of course, harbours the worst of this lot. This kind of brazen behaviour seems to stem outward from the capital, but the truth is it's prevalent everywhere. These people consider themselves untouchable, above the rule of law.
Take a look at the video below. This man, claiming to be the nephew of Ramesh Yadav, a senior SP leader, slapped and abused cops who arrested him for a separate incident.
This kind of flagrant disregard for the authorities, and riding off the clout of your relatives, is synonymous with the children of the powerful.
While one can't make generalisations, and it's obvious not every person born into money and power will turn out this way, this situation is still very grave.
Aditya Sachdev, a 19-year-old, was shot by Rocky Yadav, son of JD(U) MLC Manorama Devi, for overtaking his car in 2016. If that's not plain insane, It's hard to figure out what is.
Devendra Singh Maravi, the son of a BJP MP, was arrested recently for allegedly beating up a journalist and his parents.
The journalist had published a report about irregularities in a government scheme.
Then there's the case of Manish Goud, the son of TRS leader Ram Mohan Goud. He attacked toll gate staff with a knife after he was asked to pay the fee.
This is another striking characteristic of these people - resorting to violence when they're asked to do what the general public does on a daily basis. Because they consider themselves above everybody else. Their families and friends have been complicit in this behaviour, encouraging them and protecting them when the need arises.
Consider the case of Mohammed Nalapad Haris, son of Congress MLA NA Haris. After getting into a petty altercation with another youth at a restaurant, he and his associates brutally thrashed the man.
He later went to the hospital where the injured youth was recovering, and threatened him again.
This disgusting sense of entitlement, and power over the people around them, has to be addressed at the source. The authorities shouldn't be afraid to take action against them, and their own families should stop being complicit in their pattern of abuse. That's the only way this all-pervading culture of entitlement will begin to be erased. Let's hope it happens soon.