I and my friend were awaiting the arrival of the train, when he popped up the question of “What do you think of the Delhi gang rape?”
My first reaction was a “forced” silence that I thrusted upon myself with thoughts coming in my mind that no matter what I think about the issue, it will not end up making a difference.
As of now there is a lot of anguish among the people over the brutality of the incident that took place. How the life of a young girl with desires of fulfilling her dreams was abrupt cut short by men who unleash the beasts that resided within them.
It feels good that protests are being carried out throughout the nation demanding for better protection, to protect the rights of women and punish the culprits guilty of such heinous crime. The real question is will we be able to make that difference?
We, the Indian citizens suffer from short-term memory loss. Its like straight out of the movie Ghajini and donning the role of Amir Khan who lives in the reality for a short moment and is always clueless of his actions. We will vent out of fury, cry and make noise and then after a few days with our govt. making false assurances go back to our old ways as if nothing has happened.
India today is represented by inefficient, corrupt politicians for whom their own interests come first before the nation. The sad part is that none of the political parties can truly states that largest democratic country lives by the laws of “government of the people, by the people and for the people” the pillars of foundation for a democratic country.
Justice is dead in this country. The only place where people pin their hopes to get justice is our judicial system. Our courts is plagued by backlog of cases, shortage of judges to preside over court. The time the court takes to pass verdict often make people cynical and sarcastic. Wonder if justice can truly be delivered or the system is leveraged to benefit the corrupt/culprits as long as justice is delayed. Yet one only hears of talks of improving the system but no concrete progress has been made. Funnily though all of this does not stop the courts from going on vacations (set up during the British empire) even as justice is awaited…..
What do people in such a nation should do? Choose to look the other side? even though our so-called elected representatives are not doing the job they are supposed to. Are the people suppose to watch in silence like Gandhiji’s three monkeys “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”?
Its time to take a stand, make that difference that a nation needs from its people. The protest for the Delhi gang rape should not just stop there. Stating opinions will not make a difference unless followed by action. So the question now is what are we waiting for……
Bonus: The below ad rightly portrays the sentiment of India.
Every time the elections are around, we again make people go through the grind of how important it is to vote. Every time it happens that the government that do gets elected on the basis of the masses voting always have ulterior motives rather than to serving the people.
So when one hears of talks about the importance of voting, the question that arises is ok, will vote but to whom? Is there anyone who can be vouched for? To make the difference that we want to see?
There is no answer to the above question at least not in the current scenario. We keep talking about electing a good government which will or hope to look after the welfare of the people better. What about the people, are we not questionable or answerable to the kind of government that we keep electing which only benefits the privilege class of the society and filling the coffers of ministers who do take an oath to perform their duties but only for their benefit.
Recently there has been a surge of anti-corruption protests due to the Anna Hazare’s effort which all again seem to have died down. Many people supported the movement in the hope of making India a corruption free country. Do you honestly think gathering people in crowds, putting up likes in Facebook on anti-corruption link will make us corruption free country? If it had the power, we would have been liberated long back. Things certainly don’t work that way, does it?
When you break the tariff signal and try to butter up the traffic constable so that he does not fine you; even ready to pay a bribe to let you scot-free, do you ever think that are you doing the right thing? These things go on and on and our government is no different than its people.
If we want the government to act responsibly, we also need learn about our civic responsibilities before we sit and only complain instead of trying to make a difference. It’s easy to blame the government for everything but never oneself when we try to bail out the cousin/nephew/friend who apparently ran over his/her car over people while driving drunk.
If you want your lanes to be clean, make the habit of throwing the garbage in the dust bin instead of out in the streets. It only take one to lead and others to follow, then again no one wants to be the one to end up as a martyr coz as a follower it’s easy to disappear in the crowd and shrug the responsibility.
Leaders like Mahatma Gandhi are born once in 100 years that too because enough has been enough. In a normal situation of governance, its people with jobs who make sure that their families get to eat at the end of the day need to stand up and protect their rights and fight for it.
It’s really an irony that until one becomes a victim of the system that one realize how badly its screwed up and how we need to beat it by being part of it.
Voting is not going to make that difference until we make these political leaders/parties realize who really have the decision making power. To make them see that we should time and time again realize them people are not supposed to be taken for granted.
Carrying out rallies or casting a vote is not going to make a difference till we take it upon our shoulders the responsibility of seeing a new India with change that we want to see.
Had read about this news about the Amboli killings and the reactions that it draw and only one thing comes to my mind is it going to remain fresh on the minds of the people later or is it going to be one of those incidents where the general public will voice their opinions/reactions but as the day passes it becomes a forgotten memory.
Has anybody given a thought about how to prevent such incidents to prevent in future or what steps need to be taken if one found themselves in such a situation?
I don’t think creating a facebook page or signing petitions are going to help. For such incidents we need to be practical and need to provide solutions which a person can use in case they find themselves in such position.
Merely going gaga over the episode is not going help only to be forgotten later. What happened to the Ruchika case, nobody remembers cause its not in news any more. That’s the sad part of our society.
If we want real changes to happen, we need to make them happen…………
I was walking down the road today and I see an old man wearing a paper headband with Anna Hazare mentioned and his name and number. As I reached another place, saw an old couple walking down the road, with the old man wearing a human billboard in praise of our PM (you know what I mean) that showed support to Anna Hazare’s cause which has the country in upheaval as they try to pass the Jan Lokpal bill.
It’s good to see that finally the Indians have decided to stand for something, not sure if even more than half of them know the difference about the Government Lokpal bill and the Jan Lokpal bill. To see people standing for something really shows that we are ready to bring a change in the nation that it badly needs.
I hope this only the beginning of the more people agitations to come against far more serious issues where our elected politicians need to learn that people cannot be taken granted. The corrupt should be punished and the welfare of the people should be a priority.
Let us all believe that we can be the change that we want to see in the world, the only thing it requires is the drive to make it happen……
So do you have it in you?
I have seen promos of celebrities, people talking about the importance of voting and choosing good governance for a country like ours. The question is whom are you going to vote? if there are no good people in politics who can bring the change we would like to see in our country.
Every time the elections comes up, the political parties vie for the precious vote of ‘ours’ that would bring them back in power. Once they are in the power, it’s the same old story of this government not been better than the previous one. Every one of the politicians seems to be involved in some kind of scams, corruption. No wonder there wealth shows a huge jump (Check out their wealth declaration in each election) and still they get a hike in the salary of an MP (Member of Parliament). When the average Indian salary still does not account for that.
It does not matter which political party they belong to, they seem more interested in making money for themselves than serving the country. No attempt is being made to make the system transparent and fill out the loopholes that advocate its misuse. The process of transparency is on such a slow track that one wonder if they would even be alive to see it in their own life time.
What is the point of voting when you the person that you elect is going to do the same? Once elected, they cannot be held accountable for the tall promises they made. The next time elections are around, one should abstain from voting. This would send out a strong message to the political parties who boast of having national interest in their heart about the strength of the citizens. It’s the people who have the power to decide who should run the government.
Only when we are united can a message be send across that enough of the scams, corruptions that’s been taking rampantly and need of greater accountability to set in.
The problem of today is that its hard to find good politicians among the dirty fishes. The only way they can survive if we take the responsibility of cleaning the pool of bad fish.
Abstaining from voting is a greater way to send out across a message to the political parties that the citizens of the country are not living in ignorance and know the change they want to see.
When I read this piece of news, I was like what could be worse for this women that she lost her limbs because of thieves or that she lost it because the doctors who could rejoin it decided that it was more important to be part of a strike than to attend critical patients needs.
Doctors are supposed to be next in line after God who can save lives of people. Their priorities in such a situation is simply uncalled for. Whatever be the reason for the strike, it does not mean that patients who are in critical condition are left in a lurch. It took more than 18 hours for them to resume work. By then it was too late to rejoin the limbs. Is there no way can doctors go on strike without affecting and putting critical patients life in danger?
To make matters, the women succumbed to her injuries leaving behind a child who witness the whole incident traumatized and grieved husband.
The irony is that a women lost her life but who would be considered responsible for it?
i) The railways which did nothing to prevent such robberies which were on a rise.
ii) The thieves who in their process of earning a quick buck made a family lose their mother and a wife.
iii) The doctors whose priorities resulted the women losing her limbs and then subsequently succumbing to her injuries.
There is a saying about the corruption in India that even after paying a bribe one cannot be certain that the work will get done. One can picture the image how corrupt can corrupt people can be.
Off lately, I have been reading about the various scams that have been reported in the media. Be it the 2G spectrum scandal, CWG scam or the latest Adarsh society ghotala. The media is doing its job of bringing the truth out in the open but the question largely remains is do you think all the necessary steps would be taken to punish who are guilty?
The answer is a straight “NO”. Except for the small fishes who would be made to bear the brunt of these scams, the bigger fish would go scot free and probably none would question their role in the future as the Indian public suffers from short term memory and the media which is hell bent on bringing the truth would stop reporting about it after a certain time has passed as it no longer makes the news it used to…
Corruption is not a new phenomenon in our society and even we as the people have accepted it as a way of life as long as it gets our work done. For e.g., the diwali baksish that is given to the postman, telephone guy, etc. are a sign that even though we know its wrong for them to ask money for us but still most of us give it so that the services they provide does not gets hampered.
People don’t join politics with the intention of serving the nation in the heart instead they are busy filling their coffers when they are in power. Look at the past of the politicians and one could see a rag to riches story which might seem phenomenal but there is more than what meets the eye. Take the instance of the former Jharkhand chief minister Madu Koda who was a mine worker who ended up amassing a wealth worth over crores. Then there are the Reddy brothers, sons of a police constable who went on to become mining barons and play key decision makers in the ruling government of the Karnataka state.
Its one thing to bring out the scams/corruption out in the open and other to see that the culprits pay for their crime. The Indian judicial system takes such a long time to book the culprits that when the verdict finally comes it comes too late, too little. No wonder this only encourages the corrupt people who know how to make use of the loopholes in the system.
Unless there is transparency in the system and the RTI Act is empowered more to bring out information on in the public domain, corruption would never come to an end.
They say god is everywhere and still we are fighting where do the god belongs.
I find it strange that a lot of bloodshed had been done; all because the saviors of religion wanted the god to regain his old place of which he was long displaced long before India got its independence and there were people who tried to build temple for the god by destroying the mosque of another god which as we know led to a lot of bloodshed. That place is called Ayodhya the birthplace of Ram, Ram Janmabhoomi or the place where Babri Masjid stands today.
No matter what the verdict comes out on the 28th Sept 2010 or perhaps latter, the so called saviors of religion will see to it that they get what they want or else we know what happened in 1992.
Religion has long been used as a bait for politics and this issue is no different. Why cannot god from both religion be worshipped on the same place which should be the perfect example of peace and harmony given that we are a country of diversity where people of different religions living together?
Then again such a solution wont be acceptable to the saviors of religion would they? There are far greater issues plaguing the country but the political parties are obsessed with religion so that they can claim a vote bank and continue their hallow governance and keep filling their coffers in the name of serving the people.
Where does it leave the common man in the midst of this? Does it matter what the common man thinks about this issue? I don’t think the people of politics give a damn to that. After all the common man is busy earning his daily living and avoiding such issues so that he doesn’t get hurt in the middle of the war.
No wonder that we live in a world of ignorance where it does not matter what’s going on unless it affects one. No matter what the outcome is, the common man is only going to hope that it does not remind them of the bloodshed in the past.
It is such an irony that we fight to give god back his place and don’t even care about people who don’t have a home to live…
The verdict of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy fits the above quote perfectly with its “mockery of justice”. It has been a long wait of 26 years for the leaking gas victims and in the end the 8 accused gets away with lighter punishments of a maximum imprisonment of 2 years and a fine of a meager sum of 5 lakhs. The fact that they were able to secure bail (Rs 25,000 bail amount) within a few hours of the verdict rubs the salt on the wounds of the victims. Yet the victims’ hopes for justice, the bigger fish to be caught responsible for such a disaster so that there could be a closure for them of the dark night that took away their near and dear ones and left some impaired for the rest of their lives.
This is the tragedy of the Indian judicial system where seeking justice sometimes results in fighting court battles for years and when the verdict was out it was too little too late. The Indian courts are full of back logged cases and even a simple open and shut case takes years to give out a verdict. All one keep getting is a date for the next hearing.
If one looks at the Ruchika’s case, it should not have taken almost 20 long years before justice could be delivered. In that 20 years of long struggle the victim Ruchika gave up her life, her brother had cases registered against him and ended up tortured in the hands of the protectors of the law. The family shifted to another place to get away from the harassment. The irony is that no body gave it a thought why a molestation case was taking so long to deliver the verdict? The verdict finally nailed the accused but the victim who went through an agonizing pain was not there to see it. The pain, torture & the long wait the family went through in their fight for justice cannot be compensated. Their fight is still on as they seek to nail the accused for the abetment of suicide of the victim.
This was one of the cases that could have be lost in the number of the court cases that goes on if not for the media which brought it to the attention to the public which I believe helped changed the fate of this case. Who knows how many such cases are their which is still trying to seek justice?
If one looks at the statistics according to the Aug 09 data, there is said to be 52,000 cases pending in Supreme Court, 40 lac in High Court and 2.7 crore in Trial courts. As each day passes new cases are filed adding additional burden to the backlog. Consider this with the number of judges recruited; falling short of the allocated numbers. It only get worse for the under trials who end up spending their time in jails even before their trial begins. Steps have been taken recently in this direction and over 92000 under trial prisoners were released across India.
The sheer number of backlog cases still does not deter the courts to take their regular vacations (which varies from 48 to 63 days). Apart from that they can take 14 days casual leave and also get day off on public holidays and on the weekends when the courts are closed. A high court judge is suppose to work for 210 days a year but if one does the math the numbers comes lower than that. The same also hold true for the Supreme Court which also undertakes vacations. Such provision for vacations does not exist in countries like US and France. How can one expect of speedy disposal of cases with so many issues dodging the legal system? No wonder the process of delivering verdict within an acceptable time frame does not happens often.
There have been talks of legal reforms in order to provide verdict within an acceptable time frame but not much headway has been made in this regard. How does one expects a common man to fight for justice when cases gets dragged on for years and ends up eating their only savings which was kept for children’s education, marriage, retirement thereby making it a burden? Seeking justice has become an expensive affair and some of the people have to depend on lawyers who are willing to work for a lesser fee.
Take the example of Anil Gidwani’s case who had a complaint filed against him by a traffic police for parking his car in a no-parking zone. The trial of the case went on for three years and was finally disposed off when he raised the issue in the High Court. This only goes on to gives us a picture how the judicial system badly needs reforms for a speedy trial and quick disposal of cases.
Unless legal reforms are brought into action, the backlog of cases will continue and no matter what the verdict is; it will stand out as justice delayed…
Recently I met a friend of mine who told me of an incident which made me wonder about the mentality of the so called Indian society that we live in. She told me about her cousin who recently got married.
The highlight of the wedding was the “kanyadan” which is normally done by the bride’s father/uncle/brother was done by her sister even though they had a cousin brother who could do it. Apparently the murmurs began in the wedding itself and someone even called up the bride’s native place to tell about it. The marriage though took place without any hitch. However this was not the end.
After 3-4 months of marriage, people started inquiring with her mother-in-law whether the girl has got pregnant yet. In fact the girl was also asked about it which made her wonder why such a question is being asked when only a few months had passed after marriage. It later turned out that the reason why this was being asked was because the sister who did the “kanyadan” did not conceive for a long period of time and had adopted a child instead. So the logic that went around was that the bride who got married may not be able to conceive as the kanyadan was done by sister who did not conceive.
The good news did come through as few months passed by putting a lid on all the talk that was going around. It also came as a relief to the sister who was worried that she might end up getting a bad name in case the bride did not conceive.
To me, all this looks like straight out of a telly plot where such things were shown but never thought that they actually happen in the reality. So what if the sister and brother-in-law did the kanyadan? Who the hell are people to tell them what’s right and what’s wrong. It’s a family decision on who does the kanyadan and other people don’t need to poke their nose into it regarding themselves as guardians of our culture.
I guess they need to be given a lesson in how cultures evolve and how each generation creates their own and leave it upon the future generations whether to follow or give it up. Nobody has the “right” to enforce it on anyone.
The reasoning behind the bride won’t be able to conceive was simply irrational. How can people be so dumb? And that the news spreads like fire even though there is no ounce of truth to support the claim is really shocking. What surprises me more is that this did not happen in any rural village but in a metro city.
It almost comes like a farce where we keep talking about “21st century India” and we still look like living in “Old India” which is too rigid to give up its social conventions and does not gives an individual the choice of what he/she wants to do…..