Can we be responsible about our safety, be it in India or anywhere else?
Rape is a hate crime, and hate crimes are gender neutral. The law as represented by the blindfolded goddess of justice cannot and must not differentiate between one kind of hate crimes from another.
India is passing through a long winter of social injustice. For some who are upwardly-mobile, life may seem easy. But the reality is grim. For many who are not fortunate it is not enough that life is really not easy, the pain is that it persists. For how long?
Today is the dawn in Bengal’s history. It’s not a new dawn since 34 years of misrule is too long a time in the people’s memory to think of a new dawn. Several generations have passed since and frankly, very few among today’s youth have the faintest idea of what it means to breathe the fresh air, and blossom into one’s full capability.
She would try twisting her lips and yearn to hear them in her own voice. But, no miracles ever happened. In dismay, she would remain alone in the silence of her room. She would sit on her large upholstered beige sofa and stare out of the glass paned window.
As I said in the beginning, let not the picture deceive you. There is much more colored divergence than convergence in Indian politics than you imagine.
For 2 days, I spent around couple of hours in front of him, watching the lack of incredulity of my fellow listeners. I didn’t observe a single person who tried to refute his model with logic! Instead, I watched most of them standing speechless in front of wrong reasoning and erroneous interpretation of certain well known scientific facts.
Many of the ills that plague today’s Bengal can be traced back to his days at the helm of affairs in the state. To mention a few are causing the industries to flee Bengal, stopping teaching of English in the primary classes, losing crucial first-mover advantage with regard to the use of computers, and so on.
When a fire destroys homes of some 450 people, only in Calcutta do people’s leaders stop fire tenders from reaching the site. When an ambulance is desperate to reach a hospital with a dying man in it, only in Calcutta, political activists stop it and think nothing of letting the sick man suffer or even die.
The challenge to contain Chinese threat is immense, if only because that country is more powerful and wealthy than India. But one feels reasonably sure that in another ‘9 years’ from today India will find itself on firm footing for anyone to even dare write any ‘plan to balkanise’ the country.