Sarpanch killed

Condemnation yes, but it needs a bit more



Another man falls. Ghulam Muhammad Lone is the sixth sarpanch to have been shot dead since the panchayat elections of April 2011. That makes the whole scene so scary for aspiring sarpanches. Besides increasing the security concerns for the state, such tragedies deepen the problem on moral plane. 
Syed Ali Shah Geelani condemns the killing. He disowns any violence done to sarpanches and demands that the guilty must be unmasked (and may be - punished). The statement is, by all means and through all angles it's seen and read, heartening. The specter of death has haunted us in many forms. If it's denounced in any and every possible form, no matter who kills whom and why, the change is welcome. Otherwise putting the dead in each other's account and passing on the blame will do nothing except fattening our churchyards. Our only request to Geelani Sahab is to be equally intense while condemning the acts of barbarity. And of late he has come out hard and heavy on violations committed by unidentified gunmen too. That is pleasant indeed.
Our political groups are mostly known for selective condemnations. It applies to both the sides of the divide. Statements like these come like a breather. No matter what the ideological or political differences, if acts of violence are unanimously spoken against, that will sure add value to our life. But we don't need a post-killing condemnation only, we need a pre-killing caution too. Condemnations won't bring back the dead. What we rather need to focus more on, is to hold back our contribution to violence. We may not manifestly ignite one to kill the other, but our mere word (intentionally or inadvertently) offers the necessary ignition to the situation. The very act of killing can't be seen in isolation from a chain of events preceding the killing. It can (and in most of the cases it is) the culmination of an atmosphere of intolerance and hate we generate in the name of a sentiment. Controlling that intolerance and hate will change the situation for us in the true sense of the word. Saving a life from going extinct will really make the difference than letting it go first, then crying over the loss. This way we can only wait for the events to happen and crank out our usual condolence messages as a mark of solidarity with the dead and sympathy with the bereaved.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 13 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 13 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 14 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST

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