Does India comply with Literacy Standards?

We choose representatives in the government to serve our country, not only to take it to the newer heights, but primarily to work on the hindrances for basic living standards. Education lays the foundation stone for the development of any country, which in turn contributes to the economy. Thus, educated citizens make the most viable resource for any government. The literacy rate of India is 74.04% (2011 Census report), however, the quality of education has been notably astonishing, with many on-paper literates not complying with the standards of their highest education (ASER Report 2014).

Education is a public good, hence should be a State subject: from school to universities. Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen has said that the development of a country is not marked by its GDP, but its capability. It becomes the government’s responsibility to work on education from pre-primary to the higher studies.

The main areas that have emerged as obstacles for India to establish a complete literate citizenry are as follows:

  1. Improper Infrastructure and lack of Incentives

Regardless of 69 years of independence, a proper infrastructure for education is not uniformly found in the entire country, especially at rural or remote areas: school building, utilities, seating etc.

For small villages, there is one Panchayat for five. The benefits that a Panchayat representative receives from the government, for encouraging education among the villagers, gets limited to the village the representative belongs to and a little around, or where the Panchayat itself is situated. Thus, the far away areas from the Panchayat get deprived of the government incentives and unaware of the government schemes.

Furthermore, the students, especially underprivileged or with no literate background find it hard to comprehend with the course content, which incurs the need for separate tuition classes, which not everyone can afford.

  1. Scarcity of Resources

Regardless of the number of schemes the government run or the free institutions government set up, education is never complete free. The families have to spend either in buying stationary, as admission or exam fee, tuition fee, travel, uniform etc. Many states run schemes like mid-day meal, free books and uniform, travel vouchers: which are some relief though, however still not a complete solution, especially for extreme BPL families.

  1. Lack of Interest

It has been observed that many parents do not send their kids to schools for they do not really find the need. Thus, they are broadly not connected to the outcomes of education. Thus, it becomes critically important for the government to create a vision for education among the parents. Equally important is to develop interest among the facilitators or teachers, so that do not limit their work to waged work.

  1. Early drop-outs

The number of students that get admitted in a school is phenomenally higher than the ones graduating from the school, or colleges. There have been significant drop-outs at Class 5, 8, 10 and 12, and so forth in colleges too. These drop outs have been observed both in rural as well as urban areas. In an interview with Child Development Project Officer (CPDO) of village Badgaon (Udaipur, Rajasthan): Harsha Sharma, she has exclaimed that a lot of villages do not even have secondary and senior secondary schools and colleges. Another reason has been marriages (especially for girls), need for the family to have another employed member, lost trust from the end-vision, and so forth.

  1. Skill development and professional courses

The only reason parents admit their children in schools and children seek to pursue education is for their vision to live a better life. The issue arises when this vision gets disillusioned with time, especially with the fair-play of interest versus money: not all areas would be of interest to the students, and not all interest areas would be money-making – this added with uncertainty of employment. Thus, burden of livelihood dominates over talent and interest and accounts to drop-outs, or unwillingness to join schools at the first place. Even worse are the additional trainings and equipments required in respective skills, and the cost attached to it. This accounts to the reason of scarcity as well as lack of plurality in the field of medicine, art and films, sports etc.: there may be enough will and talent, but lack of support for pursuance.

Private institutions with sole purpose of profit, on the other hand, put baits of fulfilling dreams to attract students, however, fail to provide quality education. Similar happens in terms of quality with budget institutions too, which leads income inequality at the end. An MBA from an IIM would lead to a six-figure salary or more and that from any less known institution, among whom are those who have pushed ends to graduate, would initially strive for a job, and then end up with peanuts.

  1. Absence of Analysis

Many schemes that generate from the government’s end do not reach to its supposed beneficiaries. Similarly schemes, syllabi and infrastructure cannot be universally right. Any best practice adopted from X not necessarily would be equally good for Y, in fact can be much worse. Thus, imposing certain courses or infrastructure and investing on it just because they have had great outcomes somewhere is not really a great idea. A continuous feedback and analysis is important to capture – from all the stakeholders; and more important is implementation and follow-up.

Above issues aside, quality of education is directly linked to the resources allocated. Thus, fund allocation plays a major role in contributing to all the above bullets. Harsha Sharma (CPDO, Badgaon) has circled budget as a key reason for leaving out on gaps.

Other than budget, clearly seen is the sharing of responsibility with civil society organizations, who if not can completely resolve the finance issue, can at least contribute for equipped human resources: to willfully facilitate, assess and coordinate. Although, the government has been helping NGOs in various ways, however, the aid so far is menial, in terms of funds as well as policies. For instance, the recent RTE policy inhibits the working of the budget schools that provide quality education at minimal rate in areas completely deprived of a quality education set-up by the government. Since they are budget schools they cannot be provide all the facilities, yet they emerge as hope out of nowhere.

Childhood is like a wet-clay that only proper education can shape. The apt period for nurturing great values is schooling. To develop fruitful attitude in the being to be, the focus has to be from the beginning: from understanding child psychology, providing proper learning, at home, school and surrounding, indentifying their vision and talent, counsel them the path to follow and supporting them throughout. The way government would contribute in the development of the well-being, the country would enjoy the outcome: good or bad, embarassing or proud.

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Independence Film Festival

Directorate of Film Festivals in collaboration with Ministry of Defense organized ‘Independence Film Festival: Azadi 70 Saal – Yaad Karo Qurbaani (70 years of independence, recall the sacrifice): Aug 12 – 18, 2016 at Siri Fort Auditorium Complex. The festival marked the celebration of the glorious 69th year of Indian independence. It was subjected to screen slew of patriotic films, released in different languages: Hindi, English, Telugu, Tamil, Punjabi etc. The films were based on the roles played by freedom fighters (Gandhi, Sardar, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose etc), the situations before independence (Lagaan), and other stories that may pump nationalism in the veins (like Mary Kom, Chak De). The cherry on the cake was that the entry to the screening was absolutely FREE.

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Independence Film Festival Screening list
 Just when one would assume by the brochure, if screening films like Sardar, Veer Savarkar, Shaheed Udham Singh were an attempt to oppose the Gandhi-Nehruvian ideologies – the opening film Gandhi, shunned the misconception: making the film festival really multi-perspectival. Bhagat Singh, Subhash Chandra Bose, Udham Singh, Veer Savarkar and so forth were the eminent personalities who contributed in the freedom struggle, as much as Gandhi, Nehru and others did. The contributions and ideologies may have differed, where one believed in ‘Tit for Tat’, and the other feared if ‘an eye to an eye would turn the world blind’. Which one was appropriate then: we can’t tell, since we are not at ‘the time’. Which is ethical: is also hard to decide, since, if one laid the basis of Civil Rights Movement in the America, the other was praised as ‘just’ for the culprits of Jallianwalan Bagh massacre. Which one of them fetched us freedom is also debatable: perhaps either one of them, or both, or none! Thus, the role played by these heroes can be largely appreciated as well as criticised studying the evidences available; and criticism on one part does not reduce the significance on the other.

Cinemas can be mirrors to crucial truths. Although, it was an incredible approach to open the history of Indian freedom movement to the public, yet, the motive remained incomplete as few of the regional language films did not have subtitles.

Moreover, there should have been screenings of films like Swades or Nayak too, to motivate youth participation in the nation development: films that restore faith in the system, and encourage the youth to country rather abroad . More than digging the past, the need of the hour is to shape the future.

It was a commendable effort by the organisers and hope to see more of such initiatives. Everyone should attend such screenings, learn from the historical narration and critically analyse while making any opinion.

Indian Preamble: post 2000

Despite being the lengthiest in the world, Indian Constitution is considered to be the superior one, perhaps, because of the Constituent Assembly, which had sought inspiration from various other Constitutions of different states (thus called ‘bag of borrowings’). What sets the benchmark for this rule book of laws is the Preamble that was inspired by the Preamble of the USA, which also starts with ‘We, the People’. The following accounts a simplified explanation of the technical terms of the Preamble that states:

We, the People of India,
 having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC and to secure to its citizens:

JUSTICE, social, economic and political;

LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;

EQUALITY of status and of opportunity; and to promote among them all

FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation;

In our Constituent Assembly this twenty-sixth day of November, 1949, do hereby adopt, enact and give to ourselves this CONSTITUTION.

Clearly, the text entails two major components:

  1. Structure of the State
  2. What will it ensure?

Structure of the State:

  1. Sovereignty ensures that the nation-state and its decisions are not influenced by any other state at any condition; and are free of any kind of imperialism or intervention.
  2. Socialism ensures equal social status to every citizen, regardless of its social belonging e.g. caste, religion, language, region, race, gender etc. (different from the economic reference)
  3. Secularism ensures every citizen the freedom to pursue his/ her own choice of religion; and the governing bodies would not be inclined towards any specific religious body(s).
  4. Democracy ensures that the government that takes decisions for the country would be elected by the people, would comprise of and be representative of the people as well as would work for the people.
  5. Republic nation is where the head of the state is chosen by the citizens of the state, who then works according to the rule of laws followed by the state for its welfare.

Simply put, India is free from any foreign control (sovereignty), where government is by the people, for the people and of the people (democracy), and head of the state is elected by the citizens, who works for the welfare of the state following the rule of law, i.e. the Constitution (republic). Indian state ensures that every individual has the freedom to choose his or her religion (Secular) and that there would be equal status to every individual regardless of his/her belonging (Socialism).

What will it ensure?

These components that structure our country become the guiding principle ensuring access to JUSTICE; freedom to think, express, believe, worship our choices (LIBERTY); no discrimination of status or opportunities based on religion, caste, class, race, gender etc. (EQUALITY) and inclusion and encouragement of communities of different ethnicities (FRATERNITY) – and furthermore, contributing together towards maintaining the unity and integrity of the nation.

The values under trial

The validation of our Constitution, however, gets endangered when the big claims of the Preamble itself falls flat:

  • the religion angle when the confessions of Swami Aseemanand and Afzal Guru are addressed differently;
  • when Akhlaq lynching gets disillusioned by the lab confirming the meat to be beef and FIR gets ordered against the family that was awaiting ‘justice’ for a permanent loss;
  • political leaders shamelessly express their hate for Dalits, Muslims and easily get away with it;
  • freedom to express is condoned, Ghar Wapsi is encouraged, women are restricted from worshipping, human rights are violated via AFSPA;
  • LGBT rights, denial or delay of justice to minorities (Rohith Vemula case), role of RSS and Colonel Purohit’s inclination towards Abhinav Bharat (a Hindu extremist body) and that of the Prime Minister of the country too!

If the ranting continues.. perhaps it wont end soon!

Yet, faith restores in ‘Satyameva Jayate

Unlike North Korea and other dictator countries, in India, issues are allowed to be brought under public ambit: for debates, administration criticisms, thereby putting pressure for justice on concerned authorities. We can’t be less grateful to the creators of our Constitution that had drafted the remedies to allow dissent, curb minorities’ atrocities, and so forth; is even open for further amendments, as and when required. There have been instances lately of intolerance to freedom of expressions leading to violence, however, the courts’ intervention at par with the Constitutional rights, has been validating the values of the Preamble in the year post-2000: even amidst the thin blanket of pessimism.

Clothing in Rural India – Single Story

My desire to work in a development sector in any Indian village is being continuously getting crashed with the dilemma of my acknowledgement by the villagers. I realise the significance of staying between them, to best understand the rural issues, analyse the root cause, the possible solutions and the processes. However, would they accept me with my lifestyle: the differences in choices, and foremost, my fondness for western attire?

Soon, as part of a fellowship training module, we got few hours to clear such perceptions that we have had: by visiting the villages and assessing their responses ourselves.

With only Rs.50 in hand (as conditioned in the task), I started for a random village and landed to Talai (Udaipur). In the given three hours’ time window, I interviewed about fifteen villagers: some individually, some in groups, and four males and eleven females. As expected, the villagers were very welcoming.

I learnt, that barring the married women, unmarried women can almost wear everything: suit, trousers etc. – to even go out (not hot-pants, or mini-skirts though). Post marriage, they are only restricted to continue wearing suit, or saree, or kaanchli-kurti-lehenga (traditional inner-blouse-skirt); and definitely not the trousers. Few women are still allowed to wear trousers, but only inside their houses – this was observed in the houses which are either at the proximity to the city, or where the husbands work at the cities. The Daadi Patel community (a kind of Rajputs), however restrict the married women to only wear the kaanchli-kurti-lehenga with which they cover themselves (face, chest and arms) in presence of the elder male members (in-laws). This veiling is patronised as a token of respect, surprisingly not taking into account the behaviour pursued. Despite asking, no one was really bothered to question this custom. There were few (both men and women) who sort of agreed to the lack of logic, yet preferred following it to the T. That being their personal choice of clothing!

On scrutinising their approach of a western-fashion inspired outsider living among them, they uttered no discomfort at all, rather a warm welcome. They attributed this to their awareness of changing time and lifestyle. That coming from a village baffled me for a while. I formally concluded my analysis bidding regards for their cooperation, hospitality and the delicious authentic food: roti (bread) with kathal ka achaar (jack-fruit pickle).

I was regretting to have perceived such narrow-minded stereotype. The bubble of remorse, however, busted really soon. On my way back, I randomly discussed about the clothing dilemma with an outsider Civil Engineering student who came to visit her sister here; followed by a local constable, Hemant Bharti, posted in the Sukher police station for about a year now.

Initially, they too reiterated exactly what other villagers said, until I dug deeper. Both of them, then exclaimed on the apprehension of mingling; and stressed the necessity of developing a sense of relation, by at least dressing alike. Surprisingly, they both assured that the process takes very short time, further which, clothes would not at all be a matter of concern, but the intent and the faith would.

With the mixed responses, I could neither validate nor reinforce my single-story about the conservative nature of Indian villages. However, now when I think of it, I wonder if these fifteen individuals are sufficient to testify the characteristic of the entire rural India. Further, since my questions were quite direct (or perhaps leading), would their responses not contradict to their attitude? Instead, should have I not consulted some NGO to seek their opinion or experience too. The ‘might-haves’ aside, I could clearly see the choice of their clothing being moderated by the desire of their husbands, in-laws and their community. Such is the paradigm of over-sixty years old independent nation.

Voice Of Girls @ Rubaroo

As a student of IAAN School of Mass Communication, I delivered a piece of my heart about the Gudiya & Nirbhaya incident at IAAN’s Fest, Rubaroo 2013 as part of a Voice of A Girl. Here, subtitling the speech:

I am going to take a span of your valuable time and your kind attention towards the Voice of a Girl!

I am a girl. Depending on the family I take birth in, I am considered Goddess Lakshmi or Saraswati, Papa’s princess, Mama’s Fairy or my brothers or sisters’ angel… or a Burden, a Liability, or a Stigma! But, at least I am fortunate, I have happened to take a birth, unlike the fetuses lying in the municipality dustbin or a drainage.

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Yes, I am a Girl! With aspirations to fly as high as it can be.. and my parents and teachers know that too… then why do they hesitate to expect much from me? Why am I scolded more than my brother, when I come home late? Why do I have to be accompanied all the time? Why am I not usually allowed to go to the same places my brothers do? Is that because I am a girl?

I am a Girl! My smile is believed to have spread happiness, my presence surrounds positivity! I am being loved by my parents, pampered by my relatives and adored by my friends. I am even treated as a Messenger of God in my culture. I have been taught that at different phases of my life, I will be respected for my ability to face challenges, to overcome it rather – being a lovable daughter, cute sister, responsible corporate, beautiful wife, multi-tasking mother and a story-telling grandmother. Then, why I am usually advised to look down when I walk, to talk less in open to avoid the unwanted comments I can get too, as a by-product.

Why do my parents get frightened, when I don’t respond to their calls even once.They keep securing me from the evil eyes around me. I feel them too! They make me watch news when I am listening to music; expect me to take lessons from Emotional Atyaachaar (UTV Bindaas), Gumraah (MTV) etc.

My heart shivers to the core feeling the pain of the victims, or the ashamed brutality: the injuries leaving scars, not only on the body but on their souls too. Not to forget, the consequences of their life, mentally & socially.People hate to know what happened to her, but the victim themselves would want to have been murdered. Right? As, every sight on her would refresh her memories and deepens the injury.

I doubt if there is any female present here who have not experienced abuse at any stage of their lives: irrespective of age, culture, place, look etc. All the instances happened around clearly shows the irrelevance to these. Or if that is considered to be the result of the past life’s wrong deeds.. like seriously?? Did they really deserve this?

I am not holding any men solely accused here. But before you categorise yourself to be complete innocent, FYI, staring a girl with wrong intentions, passing comments about her vitals – is an abuse too… dating a girl for a sexual pleasure is a rape too!!! I am sure the guys would now accuse me of being one-sided. SO for Girls, Have you EVER Noticed Yourself? You are an amazingly gorgeous creation of the Almighty. Don’t embarrass Him by letting someone take you for granted. Have faith in yourself, Have Faith in Him. If he has created you, he has also send someone deserving for your Destiny, for delicacy!

We are versatile, not by talent, but by nature. The Voice of a Girl pleases: Respect Me…

For all the youth out there, do not get violent in the protests around. Do not Violate our legal system. Use your mind, your education and the Pen you have, to act upon. If even 1% of the mentality changes among the people present in the house, my purpose of taking your time would be served! Cheers! 🙂

Shonar Bangla

An account of my journey experience at West Bengal via Howrah, Kharagpur and Kalna – to and fro!

Where is Geeta di? Don’t feel nice since I don’t see her today!” – a local passenger of Ladies Compartment of a Local Train exclaimed to another. (Translated from Bengali: Geeta didi koi? Aajke onaake dekhchhi naa toh bhaal laagchhe naa!!!!)

My visit to West Bengal just came out as a surprise element amid my planned transition from six-years amalgamation of college & corporate life to fellowship –scheduled in first week of July. In June, as part of the MHRD-GOI initiative, I got the opportunity to study at IIT Kharagpur: the philosophical interpretation of social movements in cyberspace – a GIAN course. Since I have my maternal relatives based at different locations of West Bengal, it became the apt education-cum-exploration vacation for me.

What I learned by visiting if not all, few of the prominent places in West Bengal:

  • Local Trains:

The daily commuters are so usual in travelling with each other, that each local train bogie has a sphere of its own, where almost each individual knows everything about the other. It could have been natural to grasp in journeys via villages and suburbs, however same was the condition with the metropolitan Kolkata as well. Thus, it was different and amusing for me to observe as a Delhiite, who observes no conversation among any co-passengers in Delhi.

  • Railway Stations:

Forget promises of fully air conditioned city or wifi enabled stations, there is not even lifts or escalators for handicaps, pregnant women, senior citizens, or individuals with heavy luggage.

Many stations even lack separate queues for senior citizens or women. Anyone can get anything inside the stations or the trains, since there are no security checks – not even at the Howrah Railway Station. Sad, we wake-up only when something happens, and then remain status-quo.

More frustrating is the helpline no. 138: so messed, that most of the times, the call diverts to Sealdah Rly Station (even on making calls from the Howrah station); and other times, no one was bothered to answer the phone. Yet, few citizens attribute railway #farehike to a potential railways development, what they need is visits to the stations and experience train journeys: where an Old Delhi Railway Station is unhygienic, and TTs at Howrah still demand for bribes to allot an available seat, and if the train route diverts due to any fault in the railway line, passengers have to manage on their own: Kalka Mail has been diverted for two continuous days from Khurja Railway Junction and would not be on its regular route, via Delhi, and the Delhi passengers would have to manage on their own AT NIGHT. No COMPENSATION or ALTERNATIVE arrangement – where is the transparency or accountability!!!!

And those who get happy of the response to tweets by Indian Railway, that too is selective!

  • Villages:

Over social networking sites, individuals of opposite political ideologies are trolling over their unending wait for a free Wi-Fi and 15 lakh rupees in each account, or perhaps appreciating the governance over the work they have proclaimed over their ads. Seldom has anyone done a field analysis. Forget wifi and even computer, villages even lack proper education structure, with only the English subject in the language, all others in Bengali. Can they compete in the international market? There are, however, schemes to promote minorities’ education by State Government, such as providing funds for stationery items, cycle etc.

The electrified villages do not have appropriate voltage for proper functioning of mere equipments like fan or light: imagine how do their kids study or sleep! Further, the roads and the transportation – that’s I don’t have to even tell.

  • Temples:

Mayapur, which has collection of temples, believed to Lord Nimai’s birth place: a re-incarnation of Lord Krishna.  From Nabadwip Dham, one has to take a Boat-Ferry to reach Mayapur. The way to the boat is a wooden bridge passage, which seems to be working on Almighty’s blessings.

God belongs to the Riches! Have heard few of the priests here saying that the minimum Puja (worship with rituals) fees is Rs 51/-. Even the Noon Bhog is for those who pay for it. Further ahead, at the Iskon premises, there are slew of temples: each of them with a magnificent infrastructure. There was giant one – still under construction. In front of the Gaushala, the donors’ name and donation was enlisted. The cows had their serial numbers ‘pierced’ at their ears. Was wondering what difference could this donations and money spent on building infrastructure made if dedicated towards children education or a village development.

This impacted my visit to Dakshineshwar, where although I could not find such commercialization of God, except the price of different Puja packages: one with only flowers and incense sticks, the other added with a Lotus, then a Saree and so forth: minimum starting with Rs 51.

Pictures uploading soon!

Does Saffron Terror Really Exists?

Saffron terror may perhaps be a hyped concept because not every Hindu hates the other religion, like every terrorist does not represent the community he/she belongs to. However, the rapidly increasing communal discomfort and the hateful atmosphere cannot be glossed over: we cannot overturn from the angst being gradually infiltrated against the minority communities, especially Muslims. #GharWapsi, #Beefban etc. are justified on morals that reflects more of a retaliation of few massacres that had happened in the past, overlooking that there had been similar number of them happened to the minorities too (Malegaon, Samjhauta etc.). Sadly, on condemning such killing or stating that violence is wrong, or that no religion preaches to hate, one gets trolled, abuses, taunts of why not the minorities have migrated to Pakistan in ’47 or the noble advice to leave the country now. No one bothers to look back at history, when these Muslims agreed to be Indian, because they were promised the equality and security, which has somewhere failed to be the reality today. On questioning the governance and its’ role in safeguarding the secularism, Bhakts would suggest to go to North Korea. Blind faith on the government is the new definition of Nationalism.

Few insights that is strangely getting neglected:

  • Former Home Secy G K Pillai, also an investigator in the Samjhauta Express blast case, had stated Aseemanand (Abhinav Bharat) as an accused in the Ajmer Dargah blasts case.
  • A report by an independent fact finding mission on the Gujarat Carnage 2002 published at Outlook (April 11, 2002) mentioned about the biasness in recruitment and promotion to Sangh, VHP or similar group members or followers in the Gujarat government including police, home guard etc. It further mentioned about the ACP Barot, who was appointed for investigating the 2 Ahmedabad massacres, actually criticized the prior assumptions of involvement of the Hindu extremist group members like Babu Bajrangi (Bajrang Dal) with a long criminal record.
  • Rajasthan ATS: Ajmer Dargah blast main accused Sunil Joshi (also an alleged accused in Gujarat Best Bakery case and former RSS pracharak) had had secret meetings with BJP MP Yogi Aditya Nath at his residence a year ago the incident took place, and with RSS leader Indresh Kumar, Pragya Thakur (Malegaon blast accused) and Swami Aseemanand at Gujarat Samaj Guest House in Jaipur in 2005. In the row were accused conspirators: Devendra Gupta (allegedly linked to radical Hindu group Abhinav Bharat) and Lokesh Sharma (both associated with RSS) and others. Indresh & Aditya Nath’s telephone numbers were found in Joshi’s diary.
  • Atal Bihari at Goa or Amit Shah at UP (shown in Nakul Sawhney’s documentary Muzzafarnagar Abhi Baaki Hai) are few examples of how politicians deliver the hate speech, and infuse communal disharmony resulting to riots.

Organizations like RSS, Abhinav Bharat, VHP, Bajrang Dal etc are reported suspects of the various communally violent incidents, yet never sacked for the same, often due to lack of proofs or hidden encouragements. No wonder why they get away smoothly despite of their provocative speeches, which if not directly, sometimes indirectly contribute to vandalizing churches: Hissar (Haryana), Nadia (West Bengal), Agra (UP) and Delhi (2015); demolishing Gurudwaras: Delhi (2016) and so on.

Himanshu Trivedi, the judge who resigned from Ahmedabad court had mentioned the aftermath of riot scenario in Gujarat courts where often in judges’ tea-room, they used to discuss about ‘teaching Muslims a lesson’, calling them as ‘bad elements’ – that expected from a judiciary!!!! In fact, Trivedi has mentioned how riot cases in Gujarat were trialed by judges from the saffron side of political spectrum – either members of VHP, Bajrang Dal or their close associations. Hence, the clear demarcation between Aseemanand and Afzal Guru: both confessed their crime, yet their confessions are acknowledged differently: one worshipped as saint and the other condemned as terrorist: HYPOCRISY!

If looked into the state government versus the number of communal crimes reported, the results indicate towards the maligned hands of majority-elected parties and their fascism: yet it goes unquestioned!

  • With the change of the government, Col Purohit’s colleague has changed his statement against him & claimed that he was pressurized to say so. An ‘army-men’ was pressurized???????
  • Sadhvi Pragya was released on grounds that she lent her bike to someone on the day the blast took place. Blind-eyed to the fact that she won’t give her possession to a random unknown individual: however the associate is also an integral member of RSS like Sadhvi Pragya is.

Instead, eminent dignitaries possessing membership of religious groups itself indicates to their inclination towards the religion, be it an army man Col Purohit or the ministers of the country.

It’s appalling to see that what defines patriotism is only waving tricolor or singing Bharat Mata Ki Jai, which indeed gives the license to violate the legal conduct of the Constitution, as per these right winger extremists. These organizations have raised goons to police morality than empowering the police to curb the crime: ABVP vandalizes Don Bosco’s statue at Guwahati, Dadri lynching: all these are leading to religious polarization, and then few gets offended if someone highlights the intolerance. Just because such organizations continue to exist despite of their ill-effects, their followers get motivated and the hatred feeling prosper. It’s high time now that the ban-wagon should be on such extremists and their organizations, to set a stringent example. But no one would ask for it, until the citizens would be kept busy in such petty things to keep them away from the larger issues: secularism, economy, foreign relations etc. When it comes to Saffron Terror, it is not about the colour coding or the terminology, its about the prevailing adversity, that needs serious attention.

Look Up:

  1. https://hinduterrorist.wordpress.com/tag/list-of-hindu-terror-attacks/ for photo of Members of Bajrang Dal openly brandish weapons, but without any repercussions. [Photo Jammu News Agency]
  2. http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/church-vandalised-in-haryana-hanuman-idol-allegedly-placed-inside-747024
  3. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/nia-needs-to-piece-together-saffron-terror-puzzles-fast/articleshow/52001557.cms