Priceless contribution of our political class- “law will take its course”

The events of today have added another sterling achievement in the annals of our democracy, where the word, “liberal” has been taken to a very different elevated level.

Lets start with a brief mention of the background to this story-

Some weeks back, those of us in urban India, well educated, were rudely jolted, when national media went ballistic on the leader of a Muslim party, with strong fundamentalist and religious leanings, and broadcast a speech made by its leader to a wildly cheering audience, extolling them to rise against the state- in short , it was sedition in open view and open knowledge.

Had it not been for the media. there would have been no case registered against this rabble rousing leader and he would not have been put behind bars. Finally it did happen, after a lot of foot dragging my the police and the politicians alike, and largely due to public and media pressures, this leader was finally put behind bars…

Today, we find his doppelganger, his fundamentalist counterpart from the Hindu majority in this country, who addresses a similar bunch of ,Hindu,  illiterate, largely rural, unemployed folk, who were cheering at every anti muslim rant he was spewing on the dais. The irony is that there was police presence during this event and they were mute spectators to the entire nonsense that was in full public view!

It left many questions unanswered-

  • Why didnt the police arrest this Hindu fundamentalist while he was making this speech?
  • Why didnt they arrest him AFTER he finished his speech?
  • Why does it take the national media to bring this to the notice of the educated , thinking class?
  • It this not seditious? Is this not a crime that needs to be dealt with , decisively and firmly?
  • Where is the disconnect here? Is this man allowed to do this in the guise of his democratic right? Does this not pale in front of the higher law that abhors sedition and creating communalism in our country?

It is deafening to hear the Finance minister talk about “law taking its own course” to take this guy down and deal with him with the contempt that he deserves.

Alas, I also see the reality that stares me at my face-

I constitute the unimportant , non-voting minority of educated professionals, who, if they vote, will not really matter in the vote bank driven “democracy” of ours…what will really matter is what the vast, uneducated, rural voters think and vote for, what makes them tick, and unfortunately , even after 65 years of independence, it is only issues , raised by rabble rousers, that make the large voting majority to stand up and take notice, completely oblivious to their real needs, which is education for all children especially the girl child, security for the girl child, inclusive growth, access to finance, access to amenities, access to healthcare.

This is the result of “law taking its own course” over the last 65 years.

Kudos to our political class!!

Why do our politicians need security cover?

The events of the past 2 weeks are exposing the reality of the elected representatives of India.

Their rhetoric in venue after venue, in our parliament and in public screams that they are the real representatives of the “common man”; that is the undying love of the common man that gives them the right to represent their electorate and voice their grievances and sort their problems out. All this is good.

BUT after all this claim of having unstinting support of their people, these so called leaders need to have Z+ security.

For the uninitiated, let me explain what Z+ security really is.

It ranges all the way from 150 to 50 plus police, para military and commandos that form security “rings” around the politician , when ever , he or she moves around.

The Z+ security for ALL the politicians is paid for with my TAX DOLLARS!! the Irony is that I PAY for the pathetic, greedy, corrupt politicians security in my country, whereas I and my tax paying friends dont feel secure in my own back yard!!

Now lets address the logic of providing security for our “common man” politicians.

Why would an “extremely popular” politician need security at this lavish scale if he indeed was so popular? Isnt our politician a public figure, where he needs to be close to his electorate and to listen to their day to day problems and solve them? So if his 150 security personnel keep his electorate away from him, how does he even claim to know his electorate and to be close to them ?

The only reason such a politician can justify his requirements for Z+ security is if he has a real threat to his life.

Now lets examine if he or she indeed have a real threat to their lives…

May be yes….and you may not be surprised ….the angst of the real people as opposed to the “common man” is real and has spilled on to the streets of our capital in fury and this is the first warning sign to our “leaders” to wake up and smell the coffee!