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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The society at CROSSROADS

While protesters in Delhi demand death penalty for all the six accused for the atrocious rape of a girl, an ordinary man constable with Delhi Police succumbed to the injuries. We all know what he was doing –he was on duty to allow people who stage a protest calmly.

 One of my dear friends, who were also part of the crowd that was protesting at the India Gate, told me that “few people in the crowd were man-handling, screaming and weren’t even ready to listen to the policemen.

What was the fault of the constable who was deployed to prevent any kind of outrage to break out in the city in the wake of recent events? No fault of his but let’s allow Delhi Police to probe into this.
And we see where does all this leave our society on a whole? On the edge . . . the periphery where our society stands at crossroads.

While the Delhi CM and Delhi Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna enumerate steps to be taken by women to protect themselves on streets, as always many others are seen telling the women how they shall behave?

Aren’t they trying to say that men will be men; you (woman) better safeguard yourself.

We all know the reasons. What is to be noticed is that it took this incident to galvanise a whole lot of people. And it’s high time we don’t let it precipitate that the momentum is lost.

Does anyone remember ‘Gopal kandha’ now? We can only hope that this incident of gruesome rape doesn’t become another played up tragedy that loses its fervour when other ‘important’ news or events hit the headlines.

Lock up the self-pity and let’s demand CHANGE. And that just doesn’t mean demanding death penalty for all the six accused who thought they would easily get away.

This is no time for reactions but for ACTION.

We gave power to the netas who in turn control the police. The netas who hold the reins of power in such a way the society condone their treacherous acts every now and then.

As a society when we consciously decide to overlook the matters every time a politician rapes, kidnaps, or murders; we unconsciously invite trouble. Trouble from lumpen (displaced people cut off from the socioeconomic class) that could have fared better, had the political class done their work right.

This is the patent misuse of power by our politicians that we just don’t pay heed to and overlook that we ultimately pay the price for. 

This is against which lies our real fight.

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