Debate – The ornament of a parliament

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Last week the Lok Sabha witnessed a rare event in our democracy. An intelligent, dignified debate. It gives heart to the country to see its leaders indulge in healthy argument instead of wasteful walkouts. May this be the start of a new trend?

WHEN WAS the last time we saw, or our ebullient members of Parliament allowed us to witness their arduous intelligent debates about any one problem plaguing the millions of this country? My memory is as good or as bad as any of our readers’.

Of course it was last week! Those were the best of the moments of Indian Parliament. The leader of opposition Lal Krishna Advani and P.M. Manmohan Singh were debating at their best and the country and world realized what a healthy democracy India is. It was in sharp contrast to the pointless opposition walkouts.

Disruptions and adjournments are no way to advance discussions on any serious issues. This debate should be a lesson for the neophyte politicians and green horn parliamentarians. It proved that Lok Sabha is still more than capable of serving its intended purpose – a venue for the discussion of pressing issues, where the executive are held accountable.

The Lok Sabha on Wednesday witnessed an interesting and intriguing dialogue when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh intervened repeatedly and rejected senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader L K Advani’s charge that United States’ pressure was behind India’s decision to talk to Pakistan. Advani suggested that the US was behind the recent Indo-Pak foreign secretary-level meet as President Obama had publicly said during his Presidential campaign that he would try to resolve the Kashmir issue.

This, the BJP leader contended, marked a change in the US position as the previous US administrations had maintained that they would not mediate in Indo-Pak relations unless both the countries wanted it.

In a sharp verbal duel during the debate Singh asserted that there has been no change in the US policy on Indo-Pak relations since US President Barack Obama came to power. He intervened on more than two occasions during the 75-minute speech by Advani, seeking to set the record straight on the Indo-Pak talks besides other issues like ‘one-rank-one-pension’ for armed forces.

“You are using this debate to sow seeds of rift between the government and the armed services,” Singh said.

”What you are attributing to President Obama is certainly not true. In my discussions with President Obama, he has unambiguously said that there is no change in the US policy towards India and Pakistan (relations),” the Prime Minister asserted.

Advani claimed that India and Pakistan had held “secret” talks over Kashmir and wanted the government to tell the Parliament what the parleys are about. P.M. countered him with the details of the series of parleys held between the former External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh and US Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott not being shared with the Parliament when BJP was in power.

“Let me ask you one question. How many times did Jaswant Singh hold talks with Strobe Talbott. Was Parliament kept informed about the over dozen meetings? Why then are you expecting me to answer hypothetical questions,” Dr. Singh said.

At this, Advani appeared to be defensive and said he had read about these “secret” meetings in the media. “If there is no substance, I will be happy,” he said. He, however, said the government should be cautious “even if there is an iota of truth”. Advani also questioned the utility of the recent talks with Pakistan, which he suggested marked a shift in India’s post 26/11 stand of not holding dialogue with Pakistan till it ended terrorism. He suggested that the government appeared to lack unanimity in approach over talks with Pakistan.

Noted economist and Noble laureate Dr Amartya Sen had raised some fundamental issues confronting democracy in his book ‘The Argumentative Indian’. Politics and current state of affairs have always been amongst the favorite topics for a vast majority of Indians. These debates do not play any significant role in national affairs but they illustrate that political awareness is the essential ingredient of democracy and has always been inherent in the Indian psyche.

The opposition must understand that ‘Dharnas’ & ‘walk-outs’ serve no purpose except that the precious Parliament time is lost. It leads to rallies and violence once it spills out on the roads. Our worthy leaders must realize that it is always better to stay and debate – even condemn and criticize – than to walk out and that too often en masse.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Gujrat & the Festering Wounds of Secular India

Cities are where strangers meet. But in Ahmedabad, a town which is yet to recover from the intense trauma of the 2002 communal riots, both Hindus and Muslims still perceive each other purely through a lens of fear and insecurity. The municipal corporation randomly picked some 8,000 families to resettle them along the Sabarmati Riverfront project — a list that naturally included Hindus and Muslims, and placed them in proximity to each other. There was no deliberate social engineering element to this exercise, but both communities protested and demanded to be kept separate because they felt this situation would leave them defenceless in the event of communal violence.

Ahmedabad is notable for its lack of civic mixing. Generally speaking, associational forms of civic engagement (through trade unions, business associations, non-communal cadre-based parties) blunt religious tension and prevent it from spiralling into violence.

As political scientist Ashutosh Varshney has pointed out, in 1969, the town witnessed one of the worst riots India had seen, but unlike in 2002 state machinery was not perceived as complicit. Cities of stark partitions are always vulnerable to communal conflagration — making them highly dependent on the police and administration to make sure the sparks are doused in time. In this case, the fact that representatives of both communities insist on fresh allotment, and intend petitioning the courts to undo this decision, goes to prove how little faith they repose in the state’s capacity to deal with incidents, or in each other. This nervous and dysfunctional dynamic means that citizens possess a true sense of trust and security only when they live among neighbours of their own community. Obviously, this kind of set-up would only sharpen existing fissures, and create an even more destructive, mutually suspicious climate.

If the state accedes to this demand, it would be a clear admission of its own failure in keeping the peace. If it has any intention of subduing the flickering animosities and moving on from the pain and anger of the riots, it must insist on keeping the relocation plan as it is, and then ensure that the neighbourhood remains utterly safe. But then again, if only a single housing project could ensure integration.

 

 

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Victor and the vanquished

The public of Maharashtra have shown that Shiv Sena is left with nothing but nuisance value. Today, Marathi manoos needs little introspection. For too long Sena has turned Mumbai into a fiefdom.

THE FOLLOWING lines didn’t churn out of my pen. These lines were published as a comment in a news daily and I am reproducing for the information of readers:

ThDesh Premi By: JK February 13, 2010, reply | Forward Bal Thakeray = Ravan of modern Ramayana, Udhav Thakeray = MeghNath Ravan’s son, Raj Thakeray = Khumha Karan Ravan’s brother. They are trying to turn Mumbai into Lanka. Please save Mumbai and make it Panchabati Garden.

Like Lord Rama I have found a lot in Ravan that was reverential. Not for nothing Ram had sent Laxman to pay respect when Ravan was on his dying bed. However, it is mere detraction and not the topic of this article. I am delighted that I am alive to see the last few days.

The last few days were the days that would be remembered in annals of history as the democracy was snatched again from the clutches of chimera of communalism and regionalism. In future these days should be celebrated like a annual festival. It was time of triumph for modesty, creativity and honesty.

A fascist organisation was hell bent to trample the sacred constitution of our country. The common man saved it. Shiva Sena had made a damp squib when Advani praised Jinnah; when Jaswant Singh wrote Qasseda (a poem in praise) of Jinnah; when an ex- Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief endorsed the views of Jaswant Singh. The country hadn’t forgotten the photo opportunities when the entire Thackeray clan was sitting around Javed Miandad, the in-law of Dawood Ebraheem. Where was Shiv Sena when Shatrughan Shotgun Sinha was sitting in the lap of a dreaded dictator, the Pakistani President Zia. Where had gone the warmth of blood of Shiva saniks when Mumbai was attacked by terrorists? They were all hiding.

Last week, the Gandhi boy valiantly stormed the citadels of paper tigers; bearded the lions in their dens and came out with flying colours. It was democratic coronation of a new Bharat – a boy who had shown courage, vision and wisdom. Last few days belonged to Khan, a true Khan of words, deeds and spirits. It was his victory march all the way. He refused to bow down before threats; he was undaunted; he was determined to defend the fundamental rights of every Indian citizen. He stood as an iron wall before the might of Shiv Sena which enjoyed the clandestine support of Sangh Parivar and Sharad Pawar as they all were playing in tandem.

One can’t help but laugh as Maharastra government is basking in the reflected glory. It did everything that could have shattered the spirits of a lesser human being. Shiv sainiks and Bala Thackeray were having the fields day – a free hand to do what they wanted and state machinery were just making a few arrest to show that some administration exists somewhere.

Every promise or act of government was perfunctory and half-hearted. Thackeray clan was going to steal the march. It might be the warning or persuasion of Sonia, Raul or Chidambaram who saved the day from behind the scene. Till the CM woke up to the response of state was woefully inadequate, spineless and was failing to generate the confidence of public, exhibitor and the production group. State government was reluctant to impose the rule of law. Had Shahrukh Khan been some meek bloke, Bala Thackeray and his juggernaut would have basking in the glory of their triumph today.

The public of Maharashtra have shown that Shiv Sena is left with nothing but nuisance value. Today, Marathi manoos needs little introspection. Like every Indian the country is brimming with challenges and promises. It is free society. Marathi manoos have to look beyond the parochial identities; they have to compete and succeed in Mumbai and all over the country. They have a glorious past and they can build a glittering future. Let them understand that the road that leads to Matoshree is cluttered with lethargic reservations, violence, mayhem and destruction. There is no light at the end of tunnel there!

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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A master-stroke by Sharad Pawar

Sharad Pawar

Sharad Pawar

A smart boy from Gandhi clan made a mockery of the over-hyped Thackrey might in his own den; he gave a successful follow-on to the Cartoonist-turned-Regional Satrap.

INDIAN HISTORY reveals that Chanakya was a very brilliant intellectual. He was full of determination in achieving any objective. He was a master in the four methods: persuasion, enticement, sowing dissension, and punishment or war. None could realise what was going on his mind.

So secretive was he in his method, and far-sighted in any endeavor, that his calculations never went wrong and he never missed his aim. Sharad Pawar has some traces of this great tactician. But there is a major lacuna – Chanakya was given to strict renunciation apparently of a harsh nature. Pawar is a Material Boy. He wants to keep a lot for himself, his family and his team.

Chanakya had the other name of Kautilya also. Some say that he got the name Chanakya because he was born in China. Sharadchandra Govindrao Pawar, born on December 12, 1940, has another identity also – Great Maratha – popularly known as Sharad Pawar.

He is the president of the Nationalist Congress Party which he founded in 1999, after separating from the Indian National Congress. He has previously held the posts of Defence Minister of India and Chief Minister of Maharashtra and currently serves as Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Government of India. His adventurous journey to Matoshree will be a part of folklore. The story of David and Goliath doesn’t fit here. Here the roles seem to have reversed.

A smart boy from Gandhi clan made a mockery of the over-hyped Thackrey might in his own den; he gave a successful follow-on to the Cartoonist-turned-Regional Satrap. Now, this cunning NCP strategist couldn’t resist the temptation to take the wind out of the sails of Rahul and his Congress. It was the first time in the entire history of Maha Congress, in Mumbai and erstwhile Bombay, that it had shown it had some courage to call the shots. Sharad Pawar rushed out to undo all Rahul did. He has almost torpedoed the glorious sailing of Congress in the name of smooth sailing of IPL.

Pawar never does any thing without reason. He is the last of the breed of cold calculated politicians. Let me shed some light on the illustrious carrier of Mr. Pawar with the game of cricket. When he first became a state minister, way back in 1966, Pawar’s only connection to cricket was a tenuous one – his father-in-law, Sadu Shinde. He was a Test leg-spinner who toured England in 1946. Over the years Pawar’s involvement with the game and its administration deepened. In 2001 he defeated Ajit Wadekar, the former India Test captain, in a fractious election to take over the reins of the Mumbai Cricket Association. With his stunning victory over Jagmohan Dalmiya’s nominee Ranbir Singh Mahendra at the 76th AGM of the board, Pawar is now at the head of the country’s cricket administration and also the federal agriculture minister in a nation still prone to droughts and mass suicides by farmers.

He did hold several portfolios in Government and did some jobs efficiently also. However, his bag is full of issues of nepotism, favoritism and controversies. A huge dossier is needed to tackle all of them. For the moment it would be suffice to say that he has given a steroid shot to ailing Shiva Sena and its decaying leadership.

He has made a masterstroke and revived the sinking spirits of this fascist organisation. However, Pawar has straddled his leg far beyond the elastic limits. Only time will say how this disciple of Chanakya fails or succeeds in his acrobatics. Needless to tell Bala Saheb had clandestine support of many saffronized outfits and it the very name and success of Khans in film industry that they can’t swallow.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Errant Judgment by Romesh Sharma

Romesh sharma

Romesh sharma

Like most of the times Romesh Sharma is wide of the mark. I’m saying it euphemistically. He is taking up the cudgels for an undefendable plank. He is a poduct of the putrid and opportunistic RSS IDOLOGIES where people change their colors as chameleon. They are not worried about the integrity of the country. What these saffron divisionist have given to Maharashtra except miseries? Mararthi is Indian language and its mother tongue of most of Maharashtrians. It must get its due respect. As a matter of fact most of the people staying in Mumbai speak this language. What is the point in raising the issue that is non-existent. Thackery clan and Saffron Brigade loosing its popularity in Maharshtra and all over the country. They would employ every shoddy and shabby means to save their sinking boats. Fanatics like Sharma who can’t see farther their nose are always available in Lal Bagh and Nagpur to support the dubious games. To capture power they would sacrifice any precious Indian value.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Chidambaram’s tact does the country proud

P-Chidambaram

P-Chidambaram

With his simple statement criticizing the IPL’s insult to Pakistani cricket players P. Chidambaram has absolved the government of all responsibility in the sorry matter. He is a rare wise man in a country where politicians only add fuel to fire.

TO ALL the readers of Merinews I wish Happy Republic Day, the day when apart from all religious books, the best compilation of the wisest and farsighted ideas in the book form “The Indian constitution” was implemented. Let us forget the mockery that Indian politicians have made of this holy Indian book. Gimmick and cheap publicity have always been the name of his game.

A wise man is generally known for the following attributes:

The ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting. He has insight, common sense, good judgment, a wise outlook, a plan and a course of action. He is bold and courageous.

India is blessed with a Home Minister who seems to be in possession of all the above qualities.

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday said ignoring Pakistani cricketers for the Indian Premier League’s third season was a “disservice to cricket”, but said the government didn’t give any “hint or nudge” to the league or the teams to do so.

“I think it is a disservice to cricket that some of these players were not picked. I don’t know why the IPL teams acted in the manner they acted. But certainly to suggest that there was a hint or nudge from the government is completely untrue,” the Minister told a news channel. Chidambaram said some of the cricketers were “among the best in Twenty20” and he was disappointed that they wouldn’t be playing in the IPL. “Cricket lovers are disappointed that no player from Pakistan was picked. I think that could have been avoided. We gave the visas and we have nothing to do with this,” he said. Asked if Pakistan was over-reacting on the issue, Chidambaram said, “If no player from a country is picked, obviously the country does feel insulted. But whether the reaction is proportionate or not it is not for me to comment.”

Let Manish Tewari and Shukla hide their heads in shame for speaking off the cuff.

And now listen to a neutral foreigner who could have had a vested interest but he is showing the courage to call a spade a spade. Rajasthan Royals coach Darren Berry revealed that the team was eyeing Umar Akmal but something “sinister was bubbling behind the scenes” that resulted in a collective snub to the Pakistani players at the auction. “I do not have all the information — and possibly never will as this was a very delicate issue played out behind the scenes. However, I do know — due to my coaching role with the Rajasthan Royals — that a few weeks ago Umar Akmal was No 1 priority on the Royals’ shopping list,” Berry was quoted as saying by The Age. “All of a sudden he was not available. As the auction unfolded live on TV in India, it became evident that it wasn’t just Umar Akmal who was in the no-go zone, but all of the Pakistan players,” he said.

Berry said Shahid Afridi & Co are justified when they say they feel slighted. “I am staggered at the treatment of the Pakistan players. I agree with Afridi that he and his countrymen were humiliated at the auction.

“The question is: why were they allowed to stay in the auction if no one was going to bid for them? Something far more sinister was bubbling behind the scenes and the players themselves knew nothing about it. It’s unfortunate that two very proud cricketing nations are again at loggerheads,” he said.

Now I say – It’s high time for the Pakistanis, mad Wahabbi Talibanis and their patrons around the world to realize that India is a country where the people have the courage to speak the truth. They can stand for principles. Forget the radical and fringe elements in India. They don’t represent India. The true Indians are broad-minded, honest, courageous, accommodative and not religiously blinkered like them.

It’s not simply the game of cricket but the Indian values which you have upheld Chidambaram.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Hate begets hate

It was only a year ago when IPL had refused to compromise on the schedule of the time of matches. They wanted to organise the matches in the country when the security forces were stretched for general election duties. Where was the desh prem or national pride of IPL dons that time? Did the IPL not bring bad name for the country the world over as a great power which couldn’t manage one cricket series. IPL commissioner Lalit Modi enlightened the cricket lovers with these words: “Many other players were not sold, I don’t see too much into this.” Availability is the new mantra.

Moral grounds are too high grounds and could be ignored. It’s not one season of cricket match that IPL destroyed, it’s the ship of basic principles of mutual respect and spirit of sports that IPL has torpedoed. Yes, Pakistan government has always failed to act reasonably and effectively in all the situation of terrorism, but extirpating the roots of basic decencies is not what was needed. If it has felt so strong on this issue, there was no need to invite or include the Pakistani players in the list of auctions. Cricket had always been the last channel of saner communication. We have never heard any Paki player talking ill about India. It had defeated the efforts of Vajpayee and every saner element looking for better relation with the neighbor. It has shattered the dream of every peace loving Indian who thinks that enmity between India and Pakistan will serve no purpose. It has fanned to flames of hatred once again between the bruised countries. What a cheap and idiotic point IPL won!

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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The outburst of Mr. Dev Gowda Ex. P.M. of India

Dev Gowda

Dev Gowda

Ex Prime Minister Mr. Gowda’s vituperative language against the Chief Minister just reflects how low we as a society have fallen. That Gowda was an expert sleeper when the nation faced serious problems is a well known fact. However, I did’t know that he has developed the mastery over the street language.I’m not worried about the C.M. but about my childern. What I’m going to answer when they would question tomorrow about the moral standard of my generation? Mr. Gowda, you have brought shame to yourself, your state, your profession, your generation and your country. No apologies would do any damage control now. Simply retire and hide in AGHYATWAS. There is no option left for you ! Good or bad, your inning is over.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Policeman dies crying for help as politicians look on

The common perception of politicians is that they are heartless and without a conscience. They take no trouble to break out of the stereotype. A new, unprecedented show of inhumanity unfolded on a road in Tami Nadu.

FORTY FOUR year old policeman R Vetrivel was attacked with home made bombs and his legs were brutally hacked by gangsters in Tamil Nadu. He was then left bleeding to death and crying for help on the road. The convoy of two state ministers M. R. K. Panneerselvam and Thiru T. P. M. Mohideen Khan holding the health and sports portfolios respectively came and passed by the site. What passed in the next few minutes poses serious questions up on our civilization and the judgment of the common man.

A few people from the convoy came out of their cars but none reached out to comfort the brutalized man. It took eight minutes for bureaucrat M Jayaraman, who was in the convoy to get out of his car and call for an ambulance. They waited another twenty minutes for the ambulance to arrive. It didn’t Finally the dying sub inspector was put in one of the cars. He died enroute the hospital. All this while the ministers did not get out of their cars at all. Now the health minister is on the defensive, saying they did all they could.

Senior bureaucrat, VK Sunburaj, who was also in the convoy, says there’s nothing wrong with what transpired. “We did our best possible in that situation. It takes twenty minutes for ambulance to come…Police did a good job,”
Hello India! Did you hear? All is fine.

There wil be a lot of explanations and clarifications to the family of the deceased cop, who are face the darkest that life has to offer right now.

They probably have watched the same footage the whole nation did, of how their father, son, brother, bled to death while so many big shots looked on and failed to help. His cries for help will haunt every viewer who has even a remotely sympathetic heart.

Yes, it is actually true that human beings are cruel to other human beings because they are biologically programmed to do so. Fortunately, we are not entirely dependent upon these instincts for our motivation. We also have minds that are able to recognize alternative response options that are superior to our instinctive urges which can produce more desirable outcomes. When we have instincts that encourage us to kill those who infuriate us we choose not to heed them. We are civilized ultimately because our minds are able to recognize that we would be better off if we did not follow our basic instincts. But what about those who refuse to help in this situation? What broke in them? Politics, power and wealth have killed in them all the last traces of humanity. Are we living in a society of cannibals? After all politicians in power are our society’s representatives. So finally are these the kind of people we want to be our leaders?

The legs of a policeman, R Vetrivel age 44, in Tamil Nadu were chopped off today by the gangsters and he lied on the road begging for help. A chopper the instrument of bestiality, drenched with his blood, is also thrown near him as warning of the consequences. A government convoy passes by this part of Tirunelvelli. It includes twoTamil Nadu’s big guns namely M. R. K. Panneerselvam and Thiru T. P. M. Mohideen Khan holding the health and sports portfolios respectively.

The passing government convoy casually stops. The blood from the body of butchered cop drains off. Neither of the ministers step out of their cars. With them are bureaucrats – a Collector and a Health Secretary.

No it not the script of any Tamil or Hindi Film.

Next scene:

The Collector, M Jayaraman, finally gets out of his car after dithering for eight minutes. Nobody offers to take the wounded inspector to hospital. Ministers are wondering at this gory drama from inside the car. None of them wants to get their cars soiled with the blood of the amputated cop. Finally, the Collector phones for an ambulance. It doesn’t arrive.

Twenty minutes later, the cop is placed in one of the cars.
Now the reality show enters the final phase:
The ambulance drives away, the Health Minister finally gets out of his car.
(the ministers still don’t offer theirs).

Climax:
“The policeman dies en route the hospital.”

And now the crocodile tears:

There would be lot of explanations and clarifications and the family of the cop would face the darkest of what life has to offerfrom now.

He cried on the road and any one who hears that cry on T.V. would remember till the end of his life. Yes, it is actually true that human beings are cruel to other human beings because they are biologically programmed to do so. Fortunately, we are not entirely dependent upon these instincts for our motivation. We also have Minds that are able to recognize alternative response options that are superior to our instinctive urges which can produce more desirable outcomes. When we have instincts that encourage us to kill those who have infuriated us we choose not to yield to our instinctive urges. It is ultimately because our Minds are able to recognize that we would be better off if we did not follow the ‘recommendations’ of the urge that’s pulling on us. The killers suppress those instincts for ever to win what they had already lost.

What about those who refuse to help ?

What broke in them ? Politics, power and wealth have killed in them all instincts of humanity that Providence had endowed to them. Are we living in a society of cannibals. How deeper could we fall ? As one politician once said – “Politics often is a game played with bitches or whores.” I believe it was worst than that.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Mandir Waheen Banega

What is left for this villain of peace to say any more in Parliament? He was the cat’s paw of RSS in the heinous deed and he is proud of that. ‘Mandir waheen banega…” the slogan has lost its luster. RSS, its cohorts and fellow travelers fail to understand that history can never be corrected. All those who have demolished the places of worship irrespective of religion, caste and creed are no more alive. Why can’t we just forget the ugly past and make a new begining? Be rational and ask the government to show courage and let the supreme court give its full and final judgment. This would and should heal either way. You have n the places where Ram was supposed to have born. Just because a place of mosque is incidentally to be one on them so put every emphasis on liberation of that place to keep the wounds festering. It is no logic. Don’t use Astha as instrument of black mail for ever. Nations, religions, states and individual rise and fall with time. There is plenty to learn from past.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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