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A Democracy Gone Haywire
|by Ravinder Malhotra|
The chopping off of the hand of Prof Joseph by the Muslim fundamentalists in Kerala, the stoic inaction of the State Government, the meekness of the Christian community, the distancing itself of the other communities and the silence of the level headed within the Muslim community, reminds me of the 'Sturmabteilung' - the Storm troopers of the Nazi party and who played a key role in the rise of Adolf Hitler to power.
The signs are ominous. Unless swift, firm and deterrent action is not taken immediately, the image of the Government of India will suffer immeasurably. A grim future awaits us if we do not act now.
Let each Indian not bask in a false sense of security that what happened to Prof Joseph cannot befall him / her. The mass of the German intelligentsia too lived in a world of make belief till the Nazis came to power.
It was not a Muslim who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi; neither was Mrs. Indira Gandhi gunned down by a Muslim; nor did Nalani and group, who were responsible for the death of Rajiv Gandhi, Muslims.
To generalize a community because of a few fundamentalists within them is inappropriate.
But at the same time, the law of the land should be the same for all. Subsidizing Haj travel, over-riding a judgment of the Supreme Court through an ordinance etc sends wrong signals to all, particularly the fundamentalists within a community and the responsibility for it lies at the door of every vote seeking political party, be it in power or out of power.
The BJP cried itself hoarse when not it power, about how public money was being squandered for the Kashmiris, raising questions why Non Kashmiris were not allowed to buy property in Kashmir etc. But when they came to power all talk was simply 'Sound and Fury, signifying nothing’
I totally agree that Indian MP's and MLA’s are the lowest paid.
The old adage ' If you pay peanuts, you only get monkey's' is so true.
Watching the proceedings in Parliament from time to time and the Karnataka assembly recently, one could not ignore that what was televised for the world to see is –
Why don't we rename the MLA’s as Members of Legislative Zoos (MLZ?)
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