Not sure how many of us saw Maharashtra Home Minister Mr. R R Patil after the assassination of the said Mumbai Best bus hijacker, a teenager called Rahul Raj. Mr. Patil came to defend Mumbai Police saying it was an apt reply from police. It was bullet for bullet. His chest was inflated with confidence and he was running high on testosterone and adrenalin was pumping his vascular system. What an achievement! The same minister few weeks earlier looked a frail, feeble and dumb character when he was asked any question related to Raj Thackeray. The same trigger happy Mumbai police, who looked more afraid than Raj Thackeray while arresting him, took no time to press their triggers against an innocent man. Well I say innocent because if the guy wished he could have killed anybody with that gun but he didn’t. His co-passengers were interviewed with many channels and everyone made clear that he had no intentions to hurt anybody. That still makes him at fault because after all he was threatening the people by a wavering gun. But not a fault, which could prompt Mumbai Police to actually open fire. And this followed a mindless killing of a person followed by immoral justifications from Home Minister and Police.
Now we hear that a laborer from Uttar Pradesh was battered to death because of a quarrel over window seat in a local train. Haven’t seen Mr. Patil yet on television to comment on this incident but reportedly he has mentioned that this was not a hate crime. I just pray he is right, for a change. This entire episode gave a great photo-op for our Bihari leaders. All three Nitish, Lalu and Ram Vilas appeared on TV and gave their share of speech and probably went back to their home to celebrate Diwali. Raj Thackeray would have had a happy Diwali too at his home. And of course Mr. Patil and Mr. Deshmukh would have enjoyed their Diwali too. And amidst this 1000 crores cracker extravaganza what we call Diwali, little we realize that a family was torn in Patna and fifteen year old was left without her father in Gorakhpur. Yes the government did announce a package in the latter case to compensate for the death and their job was done.
So with all these happenings in recent past, I think it’s time for us to introspect and analyze who we are exactly fighting with. Is Pakistani terrorism really a threat for us? That kills human beings only. And we are used to that now. But these politicians and I mean all of them, from Mumbai to Delhi and from Patna to Lucknow, are killing minds. Few are actually injecting venoms of hatred and few are just capitalizing on this to secure their vote banks. With all fire around, our great Indian media, especially Hindi channels are always ready to pour in gasoline over this fire. Because media have their own TRP to take care of. Not a single soul in the power hierarchy is really bothered. And worst, the problem has just started, because of lack of intellectuals in politics. We have few but they are old and will retire in few years. The next breed of politicians will even be more dangerous because they are the people, who are coming from university politics (mostly dropouts) and who want to get high on money and power.
At the age when India is sending spacecraft to moon, it’s a sham that we are still fighting over religion and region like a bunch of school going kids. Politicians, it’s time to grow up and don’t put us into a thought process that the Britishers would have ruled us in a far civilized manner than what we are under you.
The whole things reminds of George Carlin’s famous saying “For thousands of years all the bloodiest and most brutal wars have been based on religious hatred. Which of course, is fine with me; anytime “holy” people [read politicians] are killing one another, I’m a happy guy……but please, don’t kill each other and give me that shit about sanctity of life.”