Wednesday, 6 January 2010


Everyone does not have the capacity to go the long haul and stand up and fight for basic justice, which today in our country has no clear definition any longer. With cases that drag on forever and a corrupted police force that few can trust; a judicial system that needs reforms urgently and the lack of transparency to anything in this country, how absurd is it that the common person has now been bestowed the role to be the saviour who will uphold the values of our nation state and champion the rights of its citizens and see that all wrongs will get set right!

Thanks but no thanks please! We can do without becoming the scapegoats of the bureaucrats and government babus, and resist this dubious pedestal we find ourselves placed upon. Today it has become the expected norm for trials through the media to activate the government machinery into doing its necessary job. What a farce! With thousands of under trials holed up in our prisons, with no care to the infringements of their civil liberties, we walk a dangerous tightrope in believing that public outrage alone (to the few cases focused upon through the media), will correct the systemic failures of these malfunctioning government agencies.

That Ruchika's family have waited 19 long years whilst being emotionally exhorted and mentally tortured by the powers of a state government machinery, is no better than what occurs in the fascist regimes we condemn. A nation that has declared itself a democratic state and presents itself in global forums as a leader of ethics and vision, needs to realise that something is drastically wrong when the image and the action just doesn't match up anymore.

How many more such Ruchika's and Jessica's are out there that must become the examples that lead to change? How many more families ruined and trodden upon by the abuse of power before better sense prevails? How many more corrupted Shibu Sorens will govern our states before we clean up our act? How many more souls do we claim before those appointed to a job understand what their responsibility is?

As a citizen I may have the voice or the ability to protest, but that is an individual choice. When this is thrust on to a citizen where it appears that they are obliged to become the conscience keepers for a nation, whilst elected leaders and government officials abscond from doing their rightful jobs, then dear friends the red flag of warning should be up there for all to see.

How dare a state government turn a blind eye for 19 years, to the abuse of power that Mr. Rathode believed was the licence of his job? How dare the central government pussy foot around such criminal activity that is blatantly obvious, and continue to play political soft ball, pretending all the time that it holds no culpability in such matter ? How dare anyone expect ordinary people to sacrifice their entire lives to bring criminals to book instead of law enforcing agencies attending to it?.

What a shabby country we are! For all those out there in power, hear me loud and clear. Enough is enough. Don't push a nation to its brink. It is exactly such climates of despair in which religious fundamentalism can take root very easily, as it offers the dreams of governance that appears more accountable to the less privileged; and is sold as the ticket of freedom to the masses. To those thousands of nameless people who are trampled daily by the abuse of power, any alternative becomes a better salvation. Is this the future of our tomorrow?

None of us will ever know the grief that Jessica or Ruchika's families feel, but it's high time that India acknowledges them as their daughters, who became the victims of a system of power that has been created by the policy makers of this nation; and they need to address where all this has horribly gone wrong. Stop passing the buck and clean up the system before we drown in the sewage of corruption.

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