Monday, December 31, 2012

India Bleeds

The Preamble to our Constitution reads:

‘We, the people of India, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC and to secure to all its citizens:
JUSTICE, social, economic and political;
LIBERTY, of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;
EQUALITY of status and of opportunity;
and to promote among them all
FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation;
IN OUR CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY this twenty-sixth day of November, 1949, DO HEREBY ADOPT, ENACT AND GIVE TO OURSELVES THIS CONSTITUTION.'

The Preamble explicitly highlights Justice, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity as the basis of our constitution. I remember in school - it was mandatory for us to learn the Preamble verbatim. I always took pride in knowing the Preamble by heart. With so many un-consitutional incidents happening year-after-year, I cannot be sure about that 'pride' anymore. 

As India bleeds today, I wonder how our freedom fighters would have felt had any of them been around to witness this state of affairs! We have a judiciary but no independence of judiciary for extreme crimes like rape, that continues to be a 'baillable offence'.

The police, law courts, or politicians never have any deadline for completing any work they undertake. Isn't that appalling? We, as the 'aam janta' have dates to go and cast our votes, dates to register for our voter IDs, dates to submit our electricity bills and dates to file our income tax. There is heavy penalty if we dont meet the deadlines.

But when it comes to the government:
1. No dates to build better roads
2. No dates to punish criminals
3. No dates to punish corrupt politicians
4. No dates to hang terrorists
5. NO PENALTY if they dont make or meet deadlines. Safety and security of the nation is always LAST PRIORITY.

WHY THIS DIFFERENCE when we are all part of the same country and look up to the same Indian Constitution? 

The latest incident which has shaken all of us is the gruesome crime in Delhi. The crime took place on December 16; the victim suffered for a fortnight and breathed her last on December 29. The media is all over the place. The Delhi protesters have shown tremendous courage and are contunuing their fight for justice braving all odds. They have inspired us in Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Jammu, Chennai and many other cities. The youth is protesting and voicing their opinion all across the country. It is a matter of grief and a cause of protest for each and every one of us.

BUT, the government has done NOTHING. They are planning to implement better laws in February 2013. WHY WAIT TILL FEBRUARY? WILL IT TAKE ONE MONTH to make stricter laws? Even if February, why is there no concrete date? Does that mean people continue to commit such ghastly crimes till new laws come up? Is that the excuse the police or government will give if another such crime is attempted? Even when this incident is so fresh in our minds, perverts in many parts of the country have the guts to continue committing crime against women. And government officials say, 'we need to think'! What were they doing all these years? When are these THINK TANKS going to act?

While the news channels have started displaying pictures of the criminals of the Delhi brutality- the government has made no effort to name them or share details. Why are we protecting the criminals? When I open the newspaper everyday, there are headlines like " 16 year old raped" or "42 year old gangraped in village" etc. Why can't it be written as "3 drunken goons named X, Y, Z commit rape in a village"? Why don't we focus on the criminals instead of further victimising the victim?

In the Delhi case, the criminals Ram Singh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma, Mukesh and Akshay Singh (Thakur) are the culprits. I still dont know the name of the 6th offender. I hope we have a law whereby we can expose identities of criminals as soon as the police arrests them. If they have the guts to commit such a heinous crime, dont we have the courage to name them? 

The Delhi case has acted as a catalyst- an eye opener for common people like us. However, this has also turned into a war between the government and the people. The police are safeguarding the government from the public! If the government continues to ignore the people of India – mobocracy will take over democracy in no time.

As we come to the end of 2012, India continues to bleed. The youth in the country are not willing to wait anymore. We have had enough!

6 comments:

  1. Very well comprehended. Two things we need to incorporate on an individual level and as a society.
    Individually - Follow Rules of Government
    Society - Incorporate strict intolerance towards any crime (by and far this would be done by our Government).
    Very basic attribute DISCIPLINE we loosely treat it. Lets revisit :)

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    1. Thanks Payal! And you're so right about discipline!

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  2. I couldnt agree more. Well written.

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  3. I agree with you till the paragraph "But the government does nothing...", and agree less after that. We the Indians, are a perfect example of hypocrisy, jingoism and a lot of everything. What happened to hue and cry when on an avg. a women was raped for every 10 min, a farmer commits suicide once in 30 min (~250,000 people this is a very conservative number as women are not considered farmers but considered as farmer's wife).

    We have displaced about 30 million of our population past 1995 (very conservative number and this rate of IDP is not seen even in war ravaged countries), and govt. sector crumbling loosing at the rate of a million jobs in l0 yrs. 1/3 of india is not under GOI as per the area of the red corridor, and 800 million indians live less than 50 cents a day (around Rs.25), when a kg of toor dal costs Rs. 200.

    What kind of a social justice do you expect from these situations? We can easily blame the govt, but as a citizen who can eat 2 meals a day, and own a computer(hopefully..) we have not done enough. We can differ on the various solutions to the problems, but we can make a start by agreeing that these kinds of inequalities cannot be sustained in a society. May be we have a magic wand but 10,000 yrs of history shows us that kingdoms were doomed when they reached unacceptable levels in inequality.

    Nobody is justifying the horrible crime that has happened, but that kinds of crime are a fall out of a deeper malaise in our society and naming / shaming does not work at all. This looks good on TV and works well for news channels for their TRP. Govt and politicians are the mirror reflections of the society which we build around us, so we failed not the govt.

    Sorry for my sincere comments, hope you take it the right way.

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  4. They make laws, but do not implement them. For example, a recent innovation says, "No auto driver in Delhi shall refuse a woman traveller after 7:00 PM"... but no one makes any effort to ensure it. The auto drivers happily go on refusing, or say, "No Gas". And you expect action from government??

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  5. Thank you all for your comments! I do hope that we consciously move towards a socially progressive India. Cheers!

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