Next Change: Same Case

1 12 2012

Next Change: Same Case


Karthik Keramalu

Honour killings, a matter of shame for the flickering posture of India. The lack of honour in it spits dousing anger, if only the nation could stop these heinous crimes. The oft asked question ‘Where is honour in killing?’ is a black band blinding the laws of the nation. At times when same sex marriages are being legalised honour killings defecate in the flowers of love. How can these people be protected? The recent killing of Mohammad Hakim pronounces the arrival of indocile ruling. The Opposition, BSP accuses SP of failing to act quickly in such cases. The point Mayawati forgets to see is that during her regime (between 2007 and 2010) Uttar Pradesh saw around 50 cases of honour killings. The chairs change but situations do not. If the supremo Mayawati couldn’t bring this down how could a novice like Akhilesh Yadav do it? He’s still learning the art of running a state. Scams or crimes are a regular like the capitalisation of the alphabet after a sentence. Mayawati led government is not short of scams or for that matter SP too has been mired in controversies in the past. The UP rice scam and the National Rural Health Mission scam go on to show that Ministers of all parties are the same when it comes to money. They lick the currency notes and of course, walk away with their backs doing the talking. In a nation like India where there are more political parties than universities, more castes than hospitals, more scams than Rs. 100 crore bollywood churners, little is public’s memory. Today’s scams are tomorrow’s history. But like virginity the money lost cannot be reclaimed.

Mayawati spends Rs.685 crores on building and beautifying Rashtriya Dalit Prerna Sthal and Green Garden and in the same year World Bank gives a credit of US $152 million to Uttar Pradesh for improving the health facilities in the state. Didn’t we have that money? Scams run into lakh crores. Mayawati, could have spent that money on health facilities. We have more money in our pockets than our minds could count the zeroes but unearthing is a problem. Congress questions Mayawati’s statues and she veils herself saying it was Kanshi Ram’s will to have his statue next to hers, not before calling Congress anti-Dalit.

Freedom of speech raped, witnesses disappear, fascists are worshipped, and a bomb goes off somewhere: we beat up the Muslims here. For a nation, this is not progress, in fact it is the opposite. It is crushing the contents of democracy and secularism. The Right to Equality prohibits discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth. When there’s such a fundamental right how does the question of SC/ST promotion quota bill crop up? Somebody needs to explain this. In the most outrageous pun of it Shiv Sena calls for a bandh as two cops are suspended for arresting two women over their facebook posts. Bandhs and riots are no more taboo subjects, they are triggered over a cup of coffee. We basically fail to understand that we are a part of the corruption too. We are no more the sipping audiences but the shooting targets.