Thursday, December 19, 2013

This Is India Meri Jaan

The Aston Martin (or what remains of it) that crashed into two cars in Mumbai
Source: NDTV
What happens when you drive in an inebriated state and slam into another car? Make that two. What happens when the accident kills the innocent occupants of those cars? – The answer is simple isn't it? You get arrested and thrown behind bars. The media devours you down and runs campaigns to seek justice. An FIR gets filed against you that triggers off a court trial. The heinous crime that it is and the rash behaviour that you display, it is but obvious that you get the harshest of harsh punishment. 

But wait, what happens if you are the son of India’s richest man? Well, then you go scot-free. The media goes silent and the police become your shield. 

Why you ask? Because this is India meri jaan.

Yes, this is India. The country where the rich and powerful can get away with anything - Rape, Murder, Accidents, Hunting…. You name the crime; however merciless and unforgiving it might be; they get away. Each and every time. 

This is India; where on one hand the government campaigns to provide safety for women, wipe out corruption and eradicate crime to the extent possible but on the other allows the law and order to be twisted to meet the convenience of the elite class. 

This is India, the country where a film actor runs over five people sleeping on the footpath killing one and injuring the rest. The police put up a fragile case in the court and ensure it drags for over a decade. Ironically the same film actor then goes on to deliver hits after hits portraying roles of a police inspector.

This is India, where decisions on Sec. 377 are taken with speed and intensity while more pertinent and damaging cases such as rape and murder by the influential never see light of the day.

This is India, where a leading news channel hosts “25 Greatest Living Legends” function at Rashtrapati Bhavan and maintains a “diplomatic” stand when it comes to covering the news of an accident caused by the son of one of those very Lech “Legends”.

This is India, the land that boasts of diversities in its culture and its commitment to do away with casteism esp. in the administrative world on one side and then further widens the gap between socio-economic classes with its bias towards the rich.

This is India, where from centuries together pregnant women have been treated with utmost grace and respect in all sections of society; but the law goes mum when a rich kid tosses over a pregnant woman killing her and her child instantly.

This is India, where the rich do not think twice before using their drivers as scapegoats to save their sons and the police don’t blink twice before doctoring the FIRs to make the cases weak. 

This is India, where Arnab Goswami questions decisions ruthlessly and demolishes facades everyday; while  in the meantime the powerful and influential fourth estate gets bullied into taking down stories (check the URLs and then the page).

This is India, the nation that retaliates when one of its diplomats is treated in an undignified manner by the world’s most powerful country for a crime she has potentially committed. But drags its feet to rescue an Indian sailor  jailed in Togo, while his family awaits his return to cremate his baby.

This is India, where the authorities bow down to the rich and trample over the poor. 

This is India, where power, influence and money weigh a lot more than humanity, justice and fair treatment to all. 

This is India, the country we belong to, the land we call our home. 


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47 comments:

  1. I read every post of yours. It leaves a strong mark in my heart and most of the times I cannot even write a comment as I feel dejected about our system and helpless. Strongly feel that we have to do something. But, how??? Anyways, thanks for such posts which keep our morality alive.

    Regards,
    Sindhu
    The Arts & Me
    Tantu

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    1. Sindhu, your words touched my heart. I am glad they help in a way but at the same time I feel bad they leave my readers dejected :| Frankly the posts this month have left me drained out as well :(

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  2. This post has made my resolve even firmer.. That I have to do my share.. Even if my contributions may look small, they will make difference to someone's life.

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    1. Thanks for making my day Manisha! :) Yes, we should all resolve to do that.. however small it might be, we can def. make a difference.

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    1. @Rohan, as always appreciate the points you bring up. Means a lot :)

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  4. Powerfully written, Seeta! To tell you the truth, I am filled with dismay every single day for every single deed that you point out. Isn't it hypocrisy of the extreme kind that the moneyed walk out hale and hearty and the common man struggles for basic rights to existence. Just a very tragic scenario!

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    1. Thanks Rachna! I am kinda feeling guilty now for invoking such feelings in most readers :| Will come up with something a lot lighter next I promise :)

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  5. The rich are the 'Untouchables'. They can commit any crime but our courts will never punish them! There are 2 sets of laws in our country... one is for the rich and the powerful and the others are for common man. While the rich can get away with the serious of serious crimes, the poor would be punished many times for no fault of theirs too! :|

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    1. Well put Shilpa.. they are truly "Untouchables". Wonder if we will ever change... :|

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  6. I would have liked this article,if you would have kept a balanced outlook towards India.
    It seems like you have taken all the negative things about India and decided to do some India bashing :D. If this was the USA and Bill Gate's daughter would have done something do you think that would not be covered up ?
    Corruption exists everywhere in every country, I don't think its restricted to India and only India.
    Justice is served, but maybe it takes a long time compared to other countries. I think for a country with more than a billion people, even if 10% of cases get justice then we should be thankful and hope things will improve.
    The point I agree with; in your article is that there is no fear of law in our country and I dont think its only restricted to the elite , though they tend to be the ones having the least fear.
    Thanks for the article :)

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  7. You have answered your own concern towards the end :) this was about the law or the lack of it as far as the rich and influential are concerned.

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    1. Sorry lost connectivity. Was going to add that the reason I did not tough upon the positives is frankly because right now they are overshadowed by the negatives.. just a perspective :)

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  8. Seeta, I'm to touched by your post.. I'm so glad there are people like you still in this country.. makes me still hope that there is a silver lining..
    Though we are happy now at developments like AAP, I wish there were things we could do immediately when we see injustice and dishonestly, when we see our tax money being misused.. when we see the powerful trampling us...

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    1. Thanks Canary. Glad there are so many like minded people around. The despair that my posts bring out lessen quite a bit by the comments everyone leaves on the posts :)

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  9. This truly was a thought provoking post highlighting the fact that as long as you have some kind of influence over the police, courts or any other authorities (by virtue of your financial, political or other power) then the normal laws, rules and procedure of the country don't govern you or cover you. You can get away scot free even with murder if you want to.

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    1. Exactly.. unfortunately in our country today the negatives overshadow any positives that might be around... and it doesnt look like things are going to change anytime soon. Glad you liked it Jairam :)

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  10. What a shame! Wait, drive will come forward in few days and will admit that he was driving the car. Poor kid still doesn't have his driving license and people are grilling him as they are celebrities. :(

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    1. Thats how things are here these days :|

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  11. Don't worry guys... have you seen the guy, he is so dumb and fucking stupid, he'll for sure kill himself soon... and it will be a happy ending.

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  12. wow! very well written Seeta...I think you should consider writing a regular column for tabloids. I read most of your blogs and I must say they are highly engaging for me as a reader. Keep up the good work :)

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    1. Thank you dear! you always manage to make me smile :) Hope to keep you engaged all the more :)

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  13. Seeta, it's heartening to see young folks like yourself bring the utmost problems of India to the forefront. Hopefully, the current social media will prove to be an effective channel that exposes the wrongdoings of the rich.

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    1. Thank you :) I think most from the present and the future generation are taking on the responsibility well. I am sure we have a light glowing at the end of the tunnel :)

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  14. Can't agree more with you. Yes , this is our country where a case needs decades to find a verdict..this is the country where rapists boast of that they had done something very 'masculine' ..and ..the list is endless..

    Great post..kudos to you..

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  15. I am just so fed up of our system favoring those spoiled rich brats turned criminals

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    1. Yes, that is what frustrates me the most!

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  17. A similar story had been penned by the author Arving Adiga in his Book The White Tiger. It made me sad then that the country we belong to is soo corrupt and pro Rich and Anti poor. Years flew by and now i have come to realize that no matter which country we talk about, rich are celebrated, shielded and protected while poor are loathed, used, abused, trafficked, killed, raped, hated. It has nothing to do with meri Jaan India or meri jaan ka padosi China..
    It has to with Humanity as a whole that is witnessing such a down gradation and erosion of ethics and characters that humans might be extinct species before they evolve any further.
    Moreover, it sometimes is so tempting to show the dark side of our own country and as Mr Adiga did, grabbed a few eyeballs and a Booker price.
    Also, as u mentioned the case of a certain Being in(human) actor, His getting the law twisting in his favor and the youth believing that his In(human) foundation is actually working for the good of humanity is really unfortunate for the country. Instead of boycotting his sub standard movies, youth flocks in to see his sub standard overacting. (I believe he cant even over act properly). Having said that, there are so many genuine souls who are silently and selflessly doing good for those in need, that also happens only in India.
    (P.S. the selflessly helping and true souls are also as prevalent as the corruption round the globe.. by i said only in India to give a Flimi touch to my point. The truth is.. There is nothing new under the sun.)
    Still let your thoughts flow Seeta, they create a ripple in me. Also, i seldom miss your blog.
    :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Bharti. Yes, it is a facade everywhere and it is up to us to fight it and not fall for it. The truth has to always emerge.

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  18. The way things are going on in India is very worrisome. Common man is at the mercy of luck.
    Nicely written post and your concern is so audible.

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    1. Thanks Indrani. I hope such voices are heard everywhere.

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  19. So true and incidently today only happen to watch a Hindi movie on TV "Jolly LLB", depicting stark reality of today in the court!

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    1. I have not watched that movie, but unfortunately, as it stands today, justice is only a story on the silver screen.

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  20. Seeta, Chilling truth & facts that are a blot on Incredible India.
    I wish I had a magic wand to set things right and ensure fairness...
    I have shared this in the past- May the concerned people read your Blog & set things right.

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  21. This post has been selected for the Spicy Saturday Picks this week. Thank You for an amazing post! Cheers! Keep Blogging :)

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  22. Nice post Seeta! Would have loved it more if there was some mention of certain positives as well. Agree negatives today may be overshadowing the positives, however we need to highlight the positives more and more so that they also get noticed.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by RO. Yes, we need positives but this was particularly about how the country plays in to the hands of the rich. I doubt there are any positives there right? :-| I guess it is the inherent optimism within us Indians that keeps us going :-)

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  23. Hmm! This is our India today and it will be worse tomorrow. Are we all not guilty of making wealth the ONLY criterion of success - and since Wealth does not bespeak its origins, it is easy for the rich to enrich the relatively poor and get away with murder.

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    1. When I read your comment it actually made me think.. and you are right.. most of us are in that boat except a handful like you and me who have given it all up.. :)

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  24. Satirical and powerful. Loved the piece Seeta. This is indeed the India, our motherland where anything is possible.

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    1. Thanks Jas.. there are positives just that they tend to get overshadowed completely :(

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