Slap on the face
An enraged youth slapping Sharad Pawar signifies a lot
MATTER OF CONCERN BY B.L SARAF
Few days back a young man slapped the Union Minister Of Agriculture, Sharad Pawar on his face while he was attending a public function in New Delhi. Prior to that the same person had slapped ex Telecom Minister Sukh Ram after he was convicted by a local court in a telecom scandal of the late nineties. Unfortunate events, no doubt. Apparently, the young man was outraged by the scandalous behavior and brazen misdemeanor of so many politicians, some of whom are in prison facing serious criminal charges , who had shamed the country and brought untold miseries to the people. On being caught, the young man instead of expressing remorse over the act conducted himself in such a manner as if the occasion was his glorious moment. Cutting all barriers, most people shared the joy and glory of his moment. A matter to ponder over, indeed !
This attack on Pawar alerted all politicians, cutting across the Party lines. They prepared one man to condemn the young person. Additionally, they criticized Anna Hazare and his team for having unleashed the ‘ undemocratic forces.’ They blamed the civil society for having developed and propagated anti politician rhetoric. It seemed that the condemnation was more to save their not so illustrious tribe, in the trade of politics, than in sympathy of Pawar.All sorts of adjectives were hurled in their support of democracy and the democratic institutions of the country. The slap on Agricultural Minister was taken as an assault on the democratic fiber of the nation. Nice words, indeed. However, coming as they do from the traders in politics, who are known for their love of the lucre, and have no qualms to stall the premier institution of the democracy – Parliament of the country – from working and bringing it in disrepute, these words sound like “Devil quoting Scriptures.”
To appreciate the concern (false) of these ‘honorable ‘ politicians for the democratic institutions and the democratic practices one has only to look at their record in holding up Parliament and the State legislatures for months together; and the bedlam they create by quibbling over petty things. But then look to the alacrity with which these lawmakers allow the institutions function, smoothly, when they come to deliberate upon their perks and the privileges. These ‘gentlemen’ have been slapping every one of us, every day every moment, with impunity and with no sense of remorse. Yet they decry the act of desperation of a victim of their misdeeds. The reaction of the men in politics did not go well with the suffering masses. That explains why most of the people derived a vicarious pleasure in the episode , though the action of the attacker can’t be appreciated. Leaving the self serving and opportunistic politicians apart, behavior of the young man can not auger well for the future of the country. Indeed, it should be a matter of concern for all right thinking people.
Every citizen of the country is protesting for variety of the reasons. He feels marginalized, excluded, betrayed and let down by those very persons whom he had elected and looked up to. The populace is on the streets demanding that the government and their representatives make good on the promises made for better governance. Some agitate for bare minimum necessities of life like, food and shelter ; while as some suffer on account of faulty law and order situation and have to live in constant fear . Others have their rights of free speech and freedom of expression trampled upon. Our political leaders do not see beyond a chosen few when it comes to providing health care, education,housing and good governance . For most of the people these basic requirements are on sale ; and one who pays a higher price will have them. The situation undoubtedly impinges upon the rights necessary for a dignified human being. Denial of access to these rights amounts to gross violation of the human rights. So, here one is forced to recall the note of warning sounded by its framers when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted on December 10, 1948 , that “ it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law.”
Respected political leaders, heed the warning. Or else, be prepared for the rebellion.
(B.L Saraf is Former Principal District & Session Judge)
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