Friday, May 21, 2010

WHEN A CROWD TUNS INTO A MOB -- CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL







This is an extension of my previous blog, where a restless milling mob of 30000 souls showed CONSTRUCTIVE behavior-- and produced awesome opposing Mexican waves---

What follows is my observations when i put myself inside a milling mob-- to get the feel, and also from outside--

Once in Pusan Korea , watching the milling from outside gave me the shivers and i beat a hasty retreat-- what with bandannas and warpaint being put on, the swagger,  gasoline jerry cans popping out to make Molotov cocktails to the beat of drums-- and a armed to the teeth riot police waiting nearby--

Riots and public lynchings being commonplace in India, mob psychology can be predicted easily.

I have seen in Australia,  police showing preferential treatment when the berserk drunken mob chasing Lebanese on the beachfront  is made of English speaking whites. Another set of standards are shown for students of  coloured Indian race who protest peacefully against racist violence , by pinning them down without escape routes--and not allowing them a voice. 

In the Jallianwala bagh massacre , the British had sealed off all escape routes before gunning down 1500 unarmed and peaceful people ( 10% of the crowd including women and children ) who were holding a meeting.

Ego laden Capt Bligh of Mutiny on the County fame could not see the signs of milling with a thousand natives beating rocks held in both hands together in unison on the beach -- causing painful loss of life .

here we go--


A crowd is not a mob but it can become one, in a jiffy — that all crowds can transform into law breaking mobs , is the core of mob sociology.  A crowd is law abiding, while a mob is not.

A crowd turns into a destructive mob only due to one factor-- ANONYMITY.

This makes them feel that they can beat up anybody or burn property. This is called mob mentality.  

De individualisation leads to strange lowering of intellectual faculties and bizzare de-rationalisation. The individual is absorbed into the crowd and is now controlled by the singular mob mind. 

In society there always exists an undercurrent of anger towards the establishment for unfair treatment, with no effective way to deal with the situation. Our conventions of manners have taught us to react politely even to people whom we distrust and dislike. 




There is a perception that a crisis is required to achieve long denied aspirations, and that all legitimate channels of achieving this are blocked deliberately..

Once  the fuel has accumulated , any spark can set it off.  The self importance of the individual , suddenly far exceeds his own mundane social life standing. Delusions of grandeur and self righteousness prevails.

An actual incident isn’t required— just a rumor ( like an attempted assassination attempt ) can spread through a group and turn deep-seeded anger  into a violent outburst. 

Riots which are set off due to soccer sports teams losing , is due to disappointment and release of pent up frustrations by hitting slow passing cars etc -- while if it is due to team winning, it is always alcohol related and a victory celebration. 

It is important that the police know the basics of crowd management-- it is NOT about charging in like storm troopers and beating all the so called enemies to bone crunching submission or putting them behind bars.  

Faced with the prospect of arrest 99% people just want to home home. 

All that is required is for the uniformed police to intimidate by beating their batons on their shields, or even taking photographs of the crowd, to knock off the CLOAK OF ANONYMITY-- so that feelings of selfconsiousness are not erased.  

It may be critical to arrest the ring leaders.  

It is crucial to cordon off the area, to prevent more people from coming in--but an escape route must be provided for the mob caught  inside, lest in panic they trample each other.  

There are many who look for that ecstatic experience of outlandish behavior, for release from dreary routine , removal of inhibitions , partisanship and to dominate those whom they don't like but dare not attack alone. 

The sole aim of the police is to transform the mob back into into a crowd, and give them time to dissipate their emotions or burn itself out. 

Once a single riot is full blown it can spread to hundreds of cities like what happened when Indira Gandhi was gunned down-- this is called scapegoating.. 3000 innocent patriotic Sikhs were butchered overnight.

When someone violates good citizenship, it must be nipped in the bud on the spot , el pronto -- for inaction will ALWAYS mushroom unacceptable disruptive behavior.




CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL
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3 comments:

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