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Friday, November 06, 2015

Questions that India must ask

My heart goes out to the victim of Dadri lynching. Such acts are deplorable.

Appalled? Yes!! But lets "choose" our response that can make a difference
But my heart also goes out to Sikhs massacred in 1984, Army, CISF & BSF Jawans losing life & limb daily to keep India safe, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs & all others killed in riots since Independence. In short, there is much to mourn, much to deplore. But even if we all “mourn & deplore” what exactly will change? Nothing.

Since so much national time and energy is being spent on the scourge of “intolerance” in India, I don’t want to add to the brouhaha. Allow me to draw attention, to our RESPONSE as a nation to such incidents.

Lets ask the right questions
We, are pointing fingers, returning awards, demanding statements, taking out marches, but surprisingly, neither the media, nor the opposition is asking that the perpetrators be booked and brought to justice. Hardly anyone is asking why the Police has not arrested the guilty? Why nobody is shouting why perpetrators of horrifying cases like Badayun are still roaming free? Why guilty of murdered children not caught? Why mass murderers of Bhopal are allowed to escape the country in a Govt plane?

Isnt that strange? Does it not show that we Indians have become so used to the “law (not) taking its due course” and the guilty never punished that we have all but forgotten to ask for justice in this country?

Today, we all clamour for no-consequence statements by politicians and get satisfied by some high decibel shouting by Arnab Goswami. We see our politicians getting photos clicked with victim’s family and then forget justice for the victim? Doesn’t it reflect the 60-years’ accumulated mistrust of the law & justice delivery mechanism?

Only Justice can solve issues, not political drama

Let’s all demand that the guilty be punished. ASAP caught, tried and punished. Only swift & inevitable punishment will deter further acts from happening. Neither the PM’s statement nor Sonia Gandhi’s 1.4km long protest marches will solve the matter.