Sometimes its just incomprehensible the amount of apathy this nation of mine evokes. I try to tell myself to not read the papers and not watch the news and get lost in a bubble of mine own, considering all is hunky dory, be an escapist. However, its just not possible and you always find yourself either appalled at some unbelievably hopeless comment or mindset or some news that shakes you or the complete and utter sense of disregard for our nation of our political leaders has you arguing and in the end bringing distress to your own self.
Another Gang rape happened yesterday, however, I am not going to argue why it is happening or why not, however, whilst watching several debates on several channels where the media asks almost all political representatives whether they would stop fielding candidates who have allegation of sexual harassment against women, almost all will skip the question. I was wondering if someone in this world would have the balls to say that yes, we will stop and that charity begins at home. We will stop fielding criminals and atleast set an example that such people have no business in trying to govern people. At the end whilst switching channels I noticed Jaya Bachchan on NDTV expressing her anger and hurt that she felt for another victim of a gang rape. I remember her breaking on national tv in the Rajya Sabha during the Delhi Gang Rape episode, however, when she was asked the same question whether she would go against her party line and oppose the inclusion of MP’s or MLA’s who have criminal charges of Rape against them and you just need to see her reply in this video. You can jump to that question which is thrown at 22.30 minutes in the video if you don’t want to see the whole video.
She requests the media to not let the heat down, however, as a leader, a member of the Rajya Sabha she won’t take the brunt on her own shoulders but express helplessness, when further probed if she would oppose and if need be go against her party line even about not including MLA’s or MP’s who have rape charges against them and Jaya say’s, I will go against any one who has harmed a woman, however, I don’t want to get into a broader discussion on this and the same evasion takes place. A person, who says she is deeply distressed by the fact that Gang Rape happened and yet will not do what she logically should be doing. Forget doing, even replying earnestly. When we allow Rapists to be in Parliament, when we let Rapists be Godmen in our country, don’t you feel disgusted living here?
Rapes are committed by the dirt in a mind, however, a just society will punish the possessor’s of such dirty minds, prevent setting a precedent. A 15 year old files a police complaint that Asaram Bapu has raped her and yet after 3 days he is still free. No one is making an arrest, he might cost hindu votes is the logic people discuss. He is not even being discussed in the media, why you wonder? Because he didn’t commit a Gangrape but coz he raped alone? Coz he didn’t commit the crime in a Metro town? No one is bothered is it…?? this again I discuss perhaps because, he is a someone whose posters I see on the street everyday?? Wonder what happens in all those rape cases where the victim is a poor peasant and the rapist is also not a big figure. Seriously what sort of place are we living in.
I am told that rapes are going on from the stone age, happens in all countries, in all cultures, but frankly and I seriously wonder if the response to this crime elsewhere is the same as in our country today.
Day after day, I hear people telling me why is 2002 brought out whenever Modi is discussed, why is 1984 not discussed. Sometimes I wonder that because the people in 1984 got away without being charged is a logic Modi must get away in 2002. Yes he may not be proven guilty, but, everyone who lives in my state knows what happened and its pretty brazenly defending what happened as just a reaction to an incident and are all conveniently happy to forget that the guard stood muted where as he should have been shouting help help when the thieves were doing their business. 1984 was a national tragedy after which the party which actually was guilty came to power because democracy works on majority and hence in Gujarat Modi comes as the CM in two terms there after. Tells you more about us than about Rajiv Gandhi or Narendra Modi really… its we who elect them, don’t we?
When our borders are breached and the sanctity of our nation is tarnished, yet, we unaffected carry on brushing off the traits of our neighbours as a usual thing, for we have been used to giving away territory since our very independence.
In many ways perhaps the fact that a large population of this country is able to earn and live freely without being affected too much is one reason, however, if these things are not nipped in the bud and a precedent is set this will keep spreading.
I am once again reminded of that poem I read on Ritu’s blog a while back and it applies to us all the more now than ever…
I worry for the precedent that is being set in our country and the amount of thick skin our people are developing. Its us who are as much to blame as our politicians. How indifferent are we becoming….
Perhaps the only real alternative that the people have are the one’s living in Delhi and Karnataka, where atleast they have one party whose ideology seems something that is correct. I don’t know if Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) will win, if they win deliver, but frankly that is the only ray of hope that I see in this seeming darkness that is spreading all around me. We have to give them a chance above the other existing lot. It is time we the people stand up and actually tell the existing class of politicians that we will not tolerate this any more, they win for we have no alternative, and when given with an alternative we will go for change. I have donated to the Aam Aadmi Party for they require funds and I hope to campaign for them as much as I can on the social media front for them and try to spread the word. I seriously hope AAP win’s where they contest for that will be the people’s message to the current set of politicians that we have seriously had ENOUGH.