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Bhopal revisited by the Congress – justice denied

How thankful the nation should be in general and the people of Bhopal in particular because the GoM are sympathetic to the plight of the Bhopal gas victims. How hard the GoM worked because they looked into every aspect of the issue and they are going to keep working on. Surely they have rightfully earned their salaries and all that goes along with it as cabinet ministers and now ministers of the empowered group.
What is puzzling is the ordinary people are wondering what they have revealed and unraveled about the worst global industrial disaster now. Since they were empowered and worked as a Group one would think that new dimensions would be exposed. But one finds that documents are missing and the amount of compensation earlier promised was leveled down the reason not clear. So the GOI works without documentation-Safe way of working for safe passage to fugitives.
We must wait now for more compensation, for rehabilitation and for cleaning up. Why should the State of MP do the cleaning up which the Union Carbide poisoned the whole area? Why should the GOI pay-which means the tax payers, pay for this cleaning up business? Why should the DOW not be asked to clean up and pay the compensation. Is not Union Carbide in the new avatar DOW? Why punish the people of India again for the crimes of Union Carbide? Now we shall wait for the extradition of Anderson, this is again another tactic for buying time. Throwing small morsels to the victims and keeping them silent. This is exactly what the GoM have done-nothing more .And we are promised that they will continue working. Working for what and why? Trying to pull a fast one? What about the Congress first apologizing for Rajiv Gandhi’s utter indifference. Why and who abetted the crime in allowing the criminal safe passage? These are questions which need to be answered and the culprits fixed before compensation and cleanup is talked of. The main issue is being skirted and avoided. But for heaven sake let the people not be made to pay for the crimes and the conspiracy of those who were in power and allowed this to happen. It is injustice heaped on injustice.
There are three alternatives:-
1-The best would be that the Congress should dip into its kitty for its own negligence. So an apology and an absolution to become effective and valid only when there is reparation. Mrs Sonia Gandhi will understand this better. Let it pay the cost and not put the burden on the people again.
2-It could at least collect all the income tax dues from Hussain Ali Khan and pump that money into this cleaning up and rehabilitation business.
3-Or else the MPs can forgo their MPs Local Area Development Fund. Two crores from each now and no more for the next five years. Let that money be utilized. Even that is the people’s money yet the MPs irrespective of party affiliations must feel the pinch for the total failure of the political class all these years towards the victims of Bhopal.

It is clear that this is another conspiracy of the chief of the GoM-namely the PM’s wisecrack to cover up Rajiv Gandhi’s role in the whole massive human tragedy. At least now does the PM realize why Mrs Sonia Gandhi selected him to warm the gaddi? He is submissive to her unjust demands. Why should Rajvi Gandhi’s role be covered up? Can history be distorted, can truth be made untruth and can falsehood be held out as truth? Can hedging help? Mr Manmohan Singh should have restraint from playing such a role.He not only showed his feet of clay but also now has become a partner and an active one in the conspiracy and betrayal of the people.
It took 25 years for the Congress to sleep over it-thinking wishfully that with the 15000 dead and about 20 000 maimed and crippled and inflicted with physical disabilities of a wide range, the truth will get buried. That Rajiv Gandhi and the Congress can escape the sin –and the biggest sin in Independent India. Yet they did not hesitate to fault Modi-Year after year it was the Gujarat riots and Modi became the maut ke saudagar. Mrs Sonia Gandhi and her party did not spare Modi forgetting that the Hand is covered with blood-be it the Sikh genocide after the assassination of Indira Gandh or the Bhopal gas or the ethnic cleansing of the Hindus in J&K till date the Congress has not apologized to the nation. But if Modi terms the Congress as an old woman-then Priyanka takes umbrage and asks the media ‘do I look old”.Up jumps Jayanthi Natarajan demanding Modi to apologize to the women in India.
What is bothering and worrying is the fact that the Congress thinks that the Gandhis are the nation. This is something which we cannot overlook because it not just distorts the whole Indian polity but distends and dents the very concept of democracy. Over and above this it absolves all the sins and omissions including the betrayal of the poor of this nation by the Gandhis.
Hence now the Congress spokespersons are tying themselves in knots by defending Rajiv Gandhi in the Bhopal gas tragedy. How can they state that he did not have a role to play in allowing Warren Anderson to flee this country-how can they with their hollow words think that the people will believe that the Prime Minister was not aware of the safe passage given to Warren Anderson. How can we accept the myth that Rajiv Ganhi was in deep slumber or hibernating and suddenly woke up like Rip Van Winkle? Granted that was so-after his waking up what did he do?
So Arjun Singh was the culprit-then it is Narasimha Roa the then Home Minister who was the villain. First it was the Judiciary which let down the people….and so one after another the congress spokespersons try in vain to hold out their theories which only made them look ridiculous and pathetic.
Then comes Abhishek Manu Singhvi who tried to put to rest all our doubts by holding out that ‘The PM of India does not deal with what every police constable or police commissioner does’,Two things flow out of this brilliant theory. One that henceforth every police constable and police commissioner can allow a criminal if he is a foreigner to flee the country. There will be no objection neither from the State nor from the Centre. They are empowered with such powers. This is real news to the people.
Will Abhishek Singhvi brief his Congress spokesperson Arjun Modhawadia of the Gujarat State not to drag the CM and the Home Minister in the alleged fake encounter of which Tulsiram Prajapati has been accused of? Why should a CM and a HM stoop to the deeds/misdeeds of cops and police commissioners and be answerable? What is sauce for goose is also sauce for gander. The Congress must realize that it is in vain to try and detect a speck in the eyes of Modi when it carries a beam in its own. It will be judicious and probity for the Congress spokespersons to stop bashing Modi-for it boomerangs.
Is there a special immunity cover for the Gandhis? They cannot err, they cannot fault they cannot sin and they cannot be held guilty of any wrong doings. How come this blanket immunity/insulation to cover them? From where does such immunity evolve?
It is stated that Mrs Sonia Gandhi will not apologize because then she was not in politics then-a clever way to evade the responsibility as the President of the Congress party. How is she in politics now? By invoking the family legacy-by her being the bahu of Indira Gandhi, by her being the widow of Rajiv Gandhi. Which means she carries the legacy of the Gandhi’s-then the baggage she carries contains also the blood and suffering of 15 000 poor- the victims of the Bhopal gas, it also is loaded with the 3000 Sikhs massacred in 1984, over loaded with the thousands of Hindus brutally killed and others driven away from J&K. Mrs Sonia Gandhi and her children cannot escape this legacy baggage. When Priyanka does not fail to point out at the sacrifices her family had made for the nation then it is time to remind them of the lives that have been sacrificed because of their sins of commission and omission, of the injustices their negligence heaped on the nation. The poor are dispensable to them The Gandhis have always stood by foreigners and tried to save them at the cost of the Indian poor.
And now somehow Rajiv Gandhi must be saved-though he was the Prime Minister he was totally unaware of the thousands who were gassed to death-he was innocently unaware that Warren Anderson was allowed to leave the country and he was unaware that the price of an Indian life was whittled down to a mere 12000Rs.He was indifferent to the continuous suffering and pain and the dehumanized conditions in which the humans were living in Bhopal.
Just for a moment imagine what would have been the aftermath if 40 tonnes of methyl isocyanate (MIC0 gas wafted through Lutyens, North Block, South Block. The poor have been and will be the sacrificial goats of a system that we wrongly call democracy but in reality is a banana republic-thanks to the Congress party and its President.
Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,
Vadodara

June 23, 2010 at 3:12 pm 6 comments

Maut ke saudagar

‘Maut ke saudagar’(Merchants of death)The nation is still waiting for the Congress President to break her silence and tell us who the maut ke saudagar are in reference to the Bopal tragedy. The Congress is running for shelter hither and thither. The Congress started a blame game as usual pointing now at the CBI, the Centre then at the State and then the Judiciary. No matter what it does the fact remains that Anderson cannot leave the country without the green signal from the Centre. It may be Arjun Singh who took the imitative and attended to all that needed be done at the State level. So both the Centre and the State with the Congress at the helm of affairs must own responsibility of this betrayal of the people. The people are no fools so the Congress can stop indulging in this blame game because it makes it look so hopelessly pathetical and out of a sense of direction-nay even of common sense!
Why is Jayanthi Natarajan and the Congress fuming and fretting at Modi targeting Mrs Sonia Gandhi on the Bopal gas tragedy? What is there ‘cheap and blatant’ about this. Granted that the BJP national executive held at Patna was a debacle does that absolve Mrs Sonia Gandhi and the Congress for their hypocrisy and their betrayal of the people? Why should Modi apologize to the nation? Does anything said against the Gandhi family calls for an apology to the nation? Is the Gandhis equal to the nation? The Congress has exposed not only its hollowness but blatant treachery. It needs to apologize to the nation. After 26 years of the Bopal tragedy it is waiting for the GoE ministers to look into all the aspects of the tragedy which is the biggest global disaster-15000 lives snuffed off and lakhs deformed, maimed and physically debilitated. Are the poor of this country such dispensable commodities? All these years the Congress tried to sweep it under the carpet. Aam admi was sold out for a few millions. What if the BJP was in power at the Centre and in Madhya Pradesh? The ‘maut ke saudagar fits the Congress perfectly because that’s exactly what Rajiv Gandhi and Arjun Singh did. Other agencies right from the CBI down to the cops who escorted Anderson were all obeying faithfully their masters then as it does now and expected to do always.
It is in vain that the Congress spokespersons try and insulate Mrs Sonia Gandhi from this because she is the heir to the legacy otherwise how and why is she what she is,and where she is? She cannot be selective in carrying the legacy baggage to pick and chose. So she needs to apologize to the nation for this genocide of 15000 Indians-all poor and powerless. The shame on the Congress starting from Rajiv Gandhi down is the way it bends backwards to please the foreigners. Are Indians so cheap? Just see how Quottrrochi was allowed to flee the country, how the money he looted was defreezed with the ‘honest’ Manmohan Singh stating that he was out of the loop. Whether Arjun Singh took the decision to allow Anderson to flee the country or he followed the instructions of Rajiv Gandhi or both the Centre and the State connived in allowing Anderson to escape the law of this land makes no difference. The bottom line being that a foreigner was so smoothly whisked out of this country while thousands lay dying and in agony. Will this be allowed in any other country of the world? Now to rub salt into the burning wounds-all these persons who played pivotal roles in these cases were not only promoted to higher positions as cabinet ministers but have been in their old age rehabilitated – thus we have Margaret Alva, Bhardwaj and Arjun Singh-all Governors.
Just look at the record of the Congress-Indira Gandhi imposes an Emergency-negates and keeps in abeyance the Constitution of India-lets loose her reign of terror-gags the media-all Freedom of speech and Rights of individuals thrown into the dustbin- to hold on to power. How was the Emergency justified? Was there a civil war? Has the Congress apologized to the nation for this?
Coming to Rajiv Gandhi case if Jayanthi Natarajan is honest and straight forward she must decide who is to apologize to the nation. The Sikh riots in 1984 which was engineered and supervised by Congress leaders who were sheltered and awarded positions in the party and in government-saw more than 3000 Sikhs massacred and women raped and sexually violated. Rajiv Gandhi watched this brutal killing, burning and demolishment of Sikh hamlets unperturbed-allowed this to go on for three full days. After which he coolly stated that when a big tree falls it is natural for the small plants round it to die. Is this not a justification of this pogrom? Who has to apologize to the nation madam Jayanthi? There is a saying in Tamil which she should know- trying to hide a full pumpkin in a plate of rice.
Then he sends the Indian Peace Keeping Force to Sri Lanka-Was it keeping peace or was it engaged in targeting the Tamils-indulging in rape and brutal killings? Today M.Karunanidhi is the cozy ally of the Congress but at that time he did not receive the so called victorious IPKF when it returned because he faulted Rajiv Gandhi for using the Indian force to target and kill Tamils. Power can inflict amnesia on leaders but not on the nation. We do not wear dark glasses to hide the naked truth. The Congress must tell us plainly who has to apologize to the nation
And again in 1984 Dec 2-3 the poor of Bopal were gassed- leaving about 15000 dead-the wombs of mothers became tombs-those who survived were crippled and were unable to eke out a livelihood because they were crippled, blinded and deformed.26 long years the Congress watched with no remorse-it was heartless and maintained a stony silence. The deeper you bury the truth it has an uncanny way of resurrecting itself. Now justice is haunting the Congress but the PM who spent sleepless nights when Haneef was harassed in Australia has suddenly awaken from his stupor and called for the Group of Empowered Ministers to submit its report on the Bopal tragedy-this after 26 long years of hibernation of the Congress. The law minister-Veerappa Moily is hectic desperately throwing straws to the wind- accusations against the judiciary and making promises of law reform, and promise of revisiting the case.The Congress spokespersons are whetting their sound bytes to be aired by the media. The theatre of the absurd show is on. It is in a state of desperation-save Mrs Sonia Gandhi; save Rajiv Gandhi do everything and anything towards this. How many years will it take again for the pathetic and unfortunate survivors to get justice? Is this a strategy of buying time? And Sonia Gandhi is heading a NAC a jumbo civil society-men and women of substance who are well acquainted in how best to spend the taxpayers’ money- to instill the necessary power to fight for Food security? ‘Lady Bounty’ we need justice not crumbs. This is not from the Congress funds but the taxpayers’ money and Indians are not beggars to wait for your largess. Good governance must and should ensure Food security automatically. Why labor into all these beggary programs when justice was denied, when foreigners who fleeced and snuffed out Indians were allowed to escape the law of the country? The Congress should tell us who has to apologize to the nation.
It is obsessed with the Gujarat riots which were a back lash and Mrs Sonia Gandhi goes to Gujarat and targets Modi with ‘maut ke saudagar’. What you sow you reap. Why, has she alone the license to use such phases against a constitutionally elected Chief Minister? Well then the same can be used against her. For the record of the Gandhis do not absolve them neither does it give them an immunity. The Congress cannot just field spokespersons to cover with hollow words the truth and justice. It is trying to digress and distract the attention by just indulging in Modi bashing. If Gujarat riots needs to be kept in focus then why not the Sikh riots and now the Bopal gas victims? If Babri Masjid has to be year after year brought to the electioneering then why not also the breaking of the locks of the Babri Majid by the orders of Rajiv Gandhi also brought to centre stage? That’s the starting point of all the communalization of politics. The pot cannot call the kettle black and the Congress spokespersons must realize they cannot any longer live in glass houses and throw stones at others. It would be judicious to own the truth and let Mrs Sonia Gandhi speak for herself and the legacy she is carrying-apologize to the nation. Why does she need spokespersons- is it the intricacies of governance that is being bandied? It is simple truth-facts of history and surely one who heads a Party and who chairs the NAC is capable of facing the brickbats that come along with the bouquets-let her speak for herself. The aam admis are waiting…..
Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,
Vadodara.

June 20, 2010 at 2:25 pm 4 comments

‘Help us help them”

‘Help us help them’ Fr Dominic Emmanuel (IE-7th June) has based his out reach for help on three major premises.

1-That the Roman Catholic Church is a civil society too and ‘unlike some other NGOs, it is willing to help tackle the Maoists in tribal areas’. He already starts with a judgmental attitude-‘unlike the others’(reminds me of the Pharisee and the Publican) he upholds the Roman Catholic Church as willing! He finds a lacuna in the two prong strategy suggested to deal with the Maoists unrest and violence-namely development as the long term measure and military /police action as a short term measure to arrest the violence. That lacuna the Roman Catholic Church will fill. Let’s presume that Fr Dominic wants to add the civil society (read RC) as the third force to the Centre and the State forces which on the surface appears seems harmless. But scratch the surface it smacks of an arrogance founded on untruths and distorted history-a holier than thou attitude.
What is the logic for this reach out “Help us to help them”?-that the development record of the tribal areas has showed remarkable “development” especially in the area of literacy and education thanks to the committed activities of the missionaries.? So Miroram has a 95.percent literacy, Manipur 68.87, Meghalaya 63.31 and Nagaland 66.11 percent. This is really a record achievement because all these States then stand above the National average. He also points out that this educational development has to be seen against the background of the committed activities of the missionaries. They averted violent struggle and ensured upliftment of the tribals. Against this background one is tempted to ask Fr Dominic then what went wrong. From averting violent struggle to now bloodletting and killing of the innocents. From upliftment which the missionaries ensured of the tribals the down slide is because of lack of development that there is unrest and disillusionment. So how did the resultant of the committed activities of the missionaries evaporated? Were they empowered to violence? Did the missionary activities empower them to kill the innocents? Is Fr Dominic toying with ‘liberation theology’? Jesus did not preach or engage himself in violence for liberation? He took upon himself all the violence. Yet the Catholic Church has a history of violence and persecution. If after the committed activities of the missionaries resulted in violence and deprivation of the tribals then what is the logic in inviting others to: ‘Help us to help them point? Why should this help be channelised through the Roman Catholic Church?

2-On the stereotyping of conversion-The appeal then to “Help us-(the committed missionaries) to help them (the already empowered tribals) What was all this empowerment then meant to be if it was not directed chiefly to conversion? With such a high literacy rate they are not able to stand? The fact is that the committed activities gave them literacy and a bible but kept them impoverished. It is just not the same stereotype repetition that missionaries are out to convert gullible masses-it is recorded history of this country. It is experiential declaration-it is simply stating what the reality is. This cannot be denied by brushing it aside as stereotype repetition. The very word ‘missionary’ already denotes one who is a proselytizer. That development work is a side business something which Fr Dominic cannot deny. The North Eastern States today with almost a 90-95 percent Christians speaks volumes. What happened to their tribal religion and culture? Are we to believe that the tribals opted for the religion of those who empowered them? One is reminded of East Timor

3-The reference to Goa –Fr Dominic Emmanuel tries to paint a rosy picture of the Catholic Church engaged in educating the uneducated Indians. But mention of Goa does not auger well for this exchange because Fr Dominic cannot hide the Inquisition and the forced conversion, the destruction of thousands of temples and the idols and the building of churches. This is also missionary activities engaged by the Catholic Church.Fr Dominic is very generous to add that, “If there were conversions, indeed as there were, and will continue to be, then it was by those who freely chose to embrace the religion of those who gave them human dignity and made them stand for their fundamental human rights. May be Fr Dominic thinks that we are unaware of the state of affairs in the Catholic church of the Schedule Castes ( ‘dalits’) Either Fr Dominic is ignorant of history-I mean Church history or he thinks that others are, and tries to depict the ‘committed activities’ of the Catholic church as those of a benevolent patron instilling of empowerment for human rights into the dehumanized and savage Indians.Fr Dominic needs to please check on world history if the Church bestowed human rights wherever it went to ‘educate’ and to uplift ‘ the poor. For the sake of recapitulating –the Bible of the Roman Catholic Church(there are different bibles upheld by different churches)clearly depicts how Jesus stood against the religious leaders and the civil authorities precisely because both these denied human rights. And hence both conspired and crucified him. Coming to history of our country we were not savages.
Christianity is only 2000 years old but Hinduism is the oldest and most ancient religion which did not believe in a God who is tyrannical. It was a sum total of all the exalted spiritual experiences of sages and saints.It was/and is an inclusive pluralism and holistic Catholicism. It was built on freedom and not straitjacketed to believe only what the Roman Catholic Church religious leader Pope believed in.
India’s spirituality had also the traditional knowledge be it astronomy, astrology, medicine-ayurveda and a host of traditional sciences-integrated with Spirituality. It is in this rich and learned milieu that the Roman Catholic Church descends to ‘educate’ and uplift. But what was its first and primary motive-destroy, demolish and then convert. Injected an exclusivism –Vatican’s God is the only God, Vatican’s knowledge need to percolate and run down in bits and starts. Vatican’s authority must reign supreme with Vatican’s God. Is this Human rights foundation? Is this empowerment of people? Is this individual uniqueness to experience God and seek Him in one own’s culture and locale?
The same story goes on. India’s Constitution was not given by Rome or the Roman Catholic Church neither was it inspired by it. The brutal burning and the killing of the Jews-the decimating of whole nations of people down the centuries is the parampara of the Roman Catholic church-that the Pope goes on asking forgiveness, and here is Fr Dominic holding forth on “the work of education began by Francis Xavier and the Jesuits in the sixteen century in Goa continued later in the 18th century by William Carey in Bengal, and which goes on to this day, has been all for development of the subcontinent-and after independence for the poor and backward classes of India” There seem to be a new version and a new script-with of course gaps. It is a tragedy that Fr Dominic looks upon the activities of the missionaries as making us stand on our feet and enabling us to demand our human fundamental rights. This is an insult to the people of India coming from one of the Roman Catholic clergy. India was much ahead….we did not have to wait for Rome to tell us that the world was round. It is in the god-filled ethos of our country that the missionaries started their persecution because of their belief that they must convert. The denial of Human Rights, the suppression of freedom of speech and worship, the killings and the massacres, the destruction of our culture, the persecution the oppression and the coercion to convert to Christianity are all quietly buried by Fr Dominic. This is like white washing the tombs wherein lay the decaying and the worm eaten corpses. No wonder Jesus called the religious leaders as white washed tombs.

3-It is uncharitable that Fr Dominic indicts the RSS, the VHP, the Bajrang Dal and other outfits as being paranoid and wants them to shed it and “join hands with us in eliminating the menace of Maoists violence”. People are not that maroons-who created the Maoists menace and violence now why invite the others to help to eliminate it? Fr Dominic forgets that he had accepted the committed missionary activities the Christians were engaged in and now suddenly after the brutal attacks by the Maoists which had the support of the local bishop and the so called Human Rights activists find themselves unable to put back the genie which they released.
Fr Dominic needs to answer who was responsible for the brutal massacre of Swami Laxmanantha and his three ashramities right within his Ashram. Was he also not working for the uplift of tribals? Instead of helping him to help them why was he done away with? Now only the backlash is being highlighted.
It must be grant that all must unite at least for the future to work together – this calls for certain clarifications-Is Fr Dominic representing all the Christian churches or only the Roman Catholic Church? He is aware of the kind of work the Evangelical churches are engaged in? Does he hold a brief for them-or is his appeal exclusively from the Roman Catholic Church to the RSS, VHP, Bajrang Dal and others to “Help us to help them”. This has to be clearly elucidated. What is the meaning of ‘the Roman Catholic Church is ‘civil society’ too? After all the ‘Help us help them’ casts a shadow because from the 16th century having worked for development and uplift of the poor and after Independence the committed activities continued and now to say that we need to come together, and join hands “to free those areas not only of Maoists / Naxals violence but also to provide freedom to our tribals from hunger, disease and darkness of ignorance which keeps them under-developed and out of the main stream”. There are glaring contradictions from what has been told of the committed missionary activities including the highest literacy levels and now this dismal picture of gloom and deprivation calls for accountability. Where had all the funds gone and towards what? The ‘civil’ society –the NGOs, the different Churches which empowered the downtrodden to stand for their human rights are equally accountable as the Government of India for the total failure- callousness, indifference and anti-people policies. Into this cauldron Fr Dominic’s invite “Help us to help them” seems to be pathetically a melodrama.
Dr Mrs Hilda Raja
Vadodara

June 10, 2010 at 6:14 am 1 comment

Sacred Heart Convent School in Ruchika’s case

The Sacred Heart Convent School cannot be allowed to get away with a light punishment. It is apparent that the school had failed miserably in its obligation. In fact it has directly abetted the suicide of Ruchika Girhotra.This can be easily gauged if one has to follow the chain of events. The school had expelled Ruchika for not paying fees. This after the molestation of the teenager by Rathore. At the time of this unfortunate incident Ruchika was still on the rolls of the school. Rathore’s daughter was her classmate. Ruchika had attended school after the incident. It would have been obligatory on the school to have counseled Ruchika and to have tried and erased the pain and the hurt the teenager must have been going through. The trauma of the teenage must have been aggravated when the school became hostile to her instead of being a guardian and a counselor to her. The age of the girl who was exposed to sexual molestation-the harassment the family was undergoing thanks to Rathore and his influence extended into the school premises. This is unpardonable. Sacred Heart School became heartless and decided to stand by the powers rather than abide both by their religious congregation’s vows and by its bounded duties to its students as an educator.
One is wary on the Report which has been submitted by the school to the CBSB and surely records could have been easily tampered. It was already stated by the church official who was the spokesperson for the school that they would appeal to Delhi.What did that mean-a threat or a warrant or a guarantee that nothing can touch them because of the sheen of a minority institution? And whom are they going to appeal to? Who are their supporters in Delhi-Let us be honest. If it is the Inter-Nuncio it must be asserted that he has no role nor say in matters of justice and jurisprudence of this country. If it is Mrs Sonia Gandhi then it is worse because this does not fall in the political area for her decision to count. Then which wires are the Sacred Heart Convent School trying to pull to be let off the hook?
I appeal to the media to see to the logical end of the Ruchika’s case and not to be biased and to do all that is within its scope to get justice for Ruchika. It is obvious that had there been some help and understanding Ruchika would not have been pushed to take such an extreme step. Abandoned by all-the girl must have been grappling with her emotional, psychological and social problems-apart from the sufferings and harassment of the other members of her family. It was at this junction that the school strikes her off its rolls. What can Ruchika do and where can she go? That act of the school must have been like the last straw that broke the camel’s back.
Let us for a moment hypothesize-the school is not Sacred Heart Convent but run by a Hindu organization and Ruchika humiliated and driven from one to another is Mary Ann. How would the media react and telecast the ‘We the people’ and the Big Fight’ and one can imagine the justified unbridled anger of Arnab Goswami not even giving a chance to the panel to air their views, condemning the school and its authorities. Here the case is reversed and the victim is Ruchika Girhotra and the school-SACRED HEART CONVENT. Should we then understand the stony silence of the media? Should we realize why Bakhra Dutt shows no compassion-nay no interest? This is the tragedy of India today. We have hundreds of Ruchikas-denied justice because of the warped perception-the tentacles of the minority appeasement reach out to every area. The religion of the victim and the perpetrators become the key to justice and no justice. The media trumps up this to the extent it fails in its role to uphold Justice.
Bring to book the Sacred Heart Convent school-make it a case of accountability of the educators. Make it an example that Justice cannot be silenced by powerful and the mighty. And towards this religion cannot negate justice. I am sure the CBSB chairperson Vineet Joshi will see in Ruchika his own daughters and granddaughters and assure the rest of the parents that their children’s rights will be protected.
Dr Mrs Hilda Raja
Vadodara

June 2, 2010 at 9:07 am 6 comments


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