The Raj Conundrum

23 10 2008

The Raj Thackeray’s episode has been rankling for the last few months now. The governments, both central and state, are doing precious little to address the fissures Raj is so hell bent upon on creating. The decisiveness of those who matter is again conspicuous only by its absence.

Mumbai, a truly cosmopolitan city and the melting pot of India, is under threat of becoming a regional bastion because of one man’s tryst with power. The common Marathi Manoos is safe and forward looking. Of all the people I have met of all the regions, Marathis are probably the most progressive of the Indian lot. They are intelligent, they toil hard, and they receive just rewards. Then how so suddenly are they in such a grave danger, that a taxi driver from a remote Bihar village can tear their collective lives apart.

This unsavoury and unethical game of whipping up the regional sentiment for one’s personal gain, without regard of the effect it may have on the integrity of the whole nation. Maharashtra has always been a very important part of the India. This polarizing of communities is not going to help anyone but provide Raj Thackeray his temporary political gains.

Besides, the violent nature of the party workers is a clear indication of what is going to be the mode of implementation of the party manifesto. You tow OUR party line or you suffer. Its not suprising in itself then that the first casualty of the violent elements of MNS was not an out of state Bihari or a UPite or Orriya or Jharkhandi but a hardworking Marathi citizen – Ambadas Haribhau Dharrao.

On the flip side, the polarizing effect in other parts can also be witnessed. The indications coming out of Jharkhand and how they are now ready to target Marathis, is clear indications that things have come to a head. Even though Marathis had nothing to do with it.

Even as day before Raj Thackeray was put behind the bars, his goons wreaked havoc on Mumbai and non-Marathis. And the subsequent bail today just points to the laxity of our system in curtailing influence of people who openly promote sectarian violence.

Are we seeing a Bhindranwala all over again and aren’t we again turning a blind eye, hoping that the situation would somehow resolve itself. It will not and if government does not start taking absolute decisive action against people or organization who think they can hold the society at ransom by violence, we are going to see a whole new Punjab and repercussions of this would be felt across the country.

Lets not confuse the issues. Raj Thackeray is not a visionary; if anything he just has the next elections in his sights and a vision to overturn Shiv Sena and his cousin Uddhav Thackeray.  He does not even fall in the category of “one man’s terrorist, another man’s revolutionary”. He should be held accountable for any deaths resulting from his “rule of the sword” politics and inducing violence.

In the age, where India is already dealing with region and religion based terrorism across the country, we do not need the most important state in India to become embroiled in regional violence.

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Fighting corruption

30 05 2007

The international news headline read: “China’s top drug official gets death“. I was immediately hooked on.

Zheng Xiaoyu, commissioner of Food and Drug Administration of China (1998-2005), was imprisoned last year under results of investigation of scandals, and corruption within the organisation. The investigation covered claims of approving spurious anti-biotic which resulted in death of 10 people, contaminated pet food export to USA, and cough syrup with toxic chemical exported to Latin America.

The investigation recommendation – death penalty to Zheng Xiaoyu.

Compare this with India. The netas and babus would make all their monies and then go out of radar. People die who cares, money is laundered who cares, the legal process is going to take a lifetime and when the judgement is passed, the neta or babu in question would anyway be “diwangat“(Late).

Death penalty may seem harsh, however what of those who died due to a spurious drug being approved by the ministry.

Can such a step be taken in Indian context?
I do not agree to the judgment myself but I would like to see at least something happening against the corruption.

Instead all we hear is Avinash Bhosale, power broker, arrested for trying to evade customs on Luxury items. Then netajis going in overdrive to get him out of the jail. Our politicians have so much compassion for fellow human being that they would stay up till midnight to see he doesn’t suffer in jail. So what if the person in question is a millionaire many times over, so what if he disburses spoils of his riches to the select political personalities.

Netaji give us a break. Learn from China. Oh I forgot, you would be the one who would get the death sentence if you were Neta in china.

***Corruption Update*** May 30th 2007

Public Prosecutor I.U. Khan and Defense Advocate R.K. Anand, caught on the candid camera, trying to influence sole remaining witness (hostile) who has refused to turn hostile on the Nanda (BMW) road killings case. The reverent former Rajya Sabha member Mr. R.K. Anand looks more a broker (which I am sure he is) than a lawyer, when he asks Kulkarni to demand 5 Crores instead of 2.5 Crore to turn hostile.

Stock reply from R.K. Anand when contacted, “you are putting words in my mouth” and “I was only joking with Kulkarni”. Must have been a poor joke Mr. Anand, because we are not laughing. Nor are we as dumb as you make us out to be.

Hats off to Kulkarni and NDTV to throw light on these criminal lawyers. NDTV is by far the most independent channel.

***Corruption Update*** June 9th 2007

To what Rithesh (O! Mega Male) mentioned on the comments, I meant to update this post with a note on Kulkarni. It seems the guy has changed his statement umpteen times. He started with the car theory, switched to truck theory and then came back to car theory. Makes me start wondering whats going on.

“One against the system” or “glory-hunter”? You decide. My hats back on and i reserve my judgment to the outcome of the case.