India is passing through her most critical - perhaps dangerous - times. World's largest Democracy, India has today become the largest cesspool of official corruption, crime, political opportunism and caste/communal animosities. Political Parties are now Family Corporates, Bureaucracy their franchisee and crony capitalists their partners as they embark upon plundering the Nation together. Time for India to wake up and restart! One Anna or Kejriwal is not enough - Karan Kharb
Nothing moves the stony politicians
other than money and votes. Some are even perpetually ‘stoned’ with arrogance,
drunk with power. The ‘mangoe people’ are insignificant. The recent horrific
massacre in a primary school in Connecticut saw President Obama drive down to
console the families, make a national statement and attend the service for the unfortunate
victims. Compare this to what is happening in India. Despite the anger at the
horrific rape of a medical student in Delhi, neither the President nor the
Prime Minister has thought it fit to address the nation, even as the media is
amply covering more rapes throughout the country even after this sordid affair.
They simply do not consider it appropriate because:
are not directly affected.
girl is neither the daughter of a politician nor related to one.
belongs to the ‘general’ category ‘mango people’ who are not even eligible to
The Chief Minister of Delhi, in her own
words, cannot muster ‘courage’ to face the victim. How convenient or is it the
admission of ineptness in making Delhi safe. Look at the state of crime in the
Capital but then you can hardly blame the celebrated lady governing the State
when she has made the remarkable discovery that a family of five can live
‘comfortably’ for a complete month in Rupees 600 ($ 10.94), declaring it openly
– surpassing even Montek’s genius of Rupees 32 ($ 0.58) a day for a below
poverty line Delhi citizen. Are the Nobel Foundation, UN and GoI listening? Is
anyone better qualified for the next Bharat Ratna.
Unfortunately, 2014 the
election year is many months away and the Congress having achieved ‘victory’ in
Gujarat (as being espoused by Congress ministers and spokesperson), assess this
rape too will be forgotten like hundreds of previous ones. So, where is the
question of amending the law, besides it will take years of discussion and
pussyfooting before any change is made, if at all. After all, what will happen
to numerous politicians who also consider this a sport? Who knows whether the
recently re-emerged spokesperson whose sex tape had been exposed by his driver
was indulging in rape or had a willing partner? Hanging or castrating them
could make undue dent in vote banks so why make waves?
Despite the Parliament
closed for the winter, there was no reason whatsoever why the Prime Minister
cannot call for an emergent all party meet to discuss this instant case, ensure
expeditious justice and most importantly initiate measures required for
awarding capital punishment / castration if rape is proved. Ironic to see a
ruling spokeswoman exposed on a TV by the anchor; she was for capital
punishment for rape in 2002 when Congress was in opposition but today she is
against capital punishment because the party she belongs to is in power.
What kind of a democracy are
we in where the High Court is lambasting the police and the Home Secretary
lauding them. The latter is fit for a political role post retirement (as many
predecessors) telling blatant lies to the nation that water cannons and tear
gas have not been used on protesting students while numerous channels are
showing live pictures of police using not only water cannons and tear gas but
also lathi charge on the protestors
who have not indulged in violence and not damaged any police / government
property. This should be another feather in the cap of the Chief Minister as
well as Shri Shinde of “Shri Hafiz Saeed” fame. Can Shri Shinde muster guts to
talk to Shri Protestors.
After every terrorist act, there is
mumbo-jumbo about CCTVs; non-functional or lack of them. This time it is lack
of PCR vans - is there no other way of securing an area. What a sham state of
affairs. What about the full one hour that both the brutally injured victims
were lying on the roadside? Hopefully, the High Court will award punishments
and that these will not be mere ‘suspensions’ or ‘transfers’ as always is. Few
months back you saw the spectacle of erstwhile authorized coloured film from
car windows being removed with much fanfare – publicity, moolah et al. So, why
are busses plying with so dark windows you cannot see inside?
If the rape victim was related to the hierarchy,
daughter of a politician or related to one, the response of the government
would have been entirely different. Not only the DGP would have been made to
resign, the concerned SP, ACP and policemen responsible for the concerned area
would be taken to task. Remember the 1989 kidnapping of Rubaiya Sayeed,
daughter of Home Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed and the entire hierarchy
reduced to putty, which according to some findings was an inside job of the
JKLF organized within seven days of the minister taking oath and orchestrated
with his knowledge.
Today, we have reached a stage where a
protestor is forced to state on TV that only two women are safe in Delhi –
Sonia Gandhi and Shiela Dikshit. According to a former ambassador, the SP of a particular state
in North India is specifically chosen by the Chief Minister personally for the
simple reason that the SP is required to provide Rupees five crores to the CM annually. Then according to a Member
Parliament, the DGP of a state in Central India is paying hafta for his own protection to the Maoists. You may draw your own
conclusions regarding the state of affairs in the rest of India including Delhi.
Ahmedinejad, the Iranian
President is known for his explosive outbursts against the West but very few
know that : he still lives in the small house he owned as a professor; meets
visitors in an ordinary room with wooden chairs; sleeps on the floor, on many
occasions joins the cleaning staff of the municipality for cleaning the streets
in the area where his home and Presidency are located; he takes no salary and
flies economy class in commercial flights; any minister appointed has to render
signed document highlighting, among other things, that he shall
remain poor and that his personal and his relatives accounts will be watched
and the day he leaves the ministry shall be with dignity, and therefore it is
not lawful for him or his relatives to take any advantage of his office. Compare
this with the state in India.
Japan, the Prime Minister stops at the red light. Police is empowered to stop
the traffic only for the Emperor but not beyond one minute. Compare this with
our security obsessed hierarchy – providing security to all and sundry
politicians and non-politicians at the expense of the public. Too much security
has its own disadvantages too, examples being security guards talking of a high
profile lady getting drunk periodically and slapping her husband while another
budding youngster is engaged more in gay activities than politics.
Mohan Murti, former Director
Europe CII had this to say after attending a seminar in Europe, “Europeans
believe that Indian leaders in politics and business are so blissfully blinded
by the new, sometimes ill-gotten, wealth and deceit that they are living in
defiance, insolence and denial to comprehend that the day will come,
sooner than later, when the have-nots would hit the streets. In a way, it seems
to have already started with the monstrous and grotesque acts of the
Maoists. And, when that rot occurs, not one political turncoat will escape
Maoists messages already talk of
planned infiltration of security of political leaders in the state capitals and
the capital itself. If the blind hierarchy cannot see the signs of the “Indian
Spring” in the ongoing protests, they would not be able to see the makings of
the “Big Leap” either, which incidentally is not about India going to the mars
but the type that occurred in China. When an SSG officer’s sister was killed in
the Lal Masjid action in Pakistan, he blew himself up in the officer’s mess
killing 23 of his colleagues.
If the intransigence to rape
continues, the hierarchy should be prepared to get raped or castrated by a
security guard if the latter’s wife or daughterhas suffered rape. Don’t take the “Mangoe People” too lightly. They may
travel cattle class but awakening their beastly instincts will be at peril of
the “Creamy Polity”.
author is a veteran Special Forces Lieutenant General of the Indian Army.