BY PROF. S.K.BHALLA
After the beheading of Kanhaiya Lal, one more news item shocked Team Civil Vigilance Cell @ 54-Yr old Umesh Kolhe, the pharmacist murdered in Maharashtra’s Amravati on the night of June 21, allegedly because of WhatsApp messages supporting Nupur Sharma, who was recently snubbed in most harshest manners by SC and described her as loose tongue amid the row over her Prophet’s remarks.
He had forwarded a few messages in some WhatsApp groups. He did not forward them to any individual and over a small issue he was killed. His son Sanket’s complaint led to the arrest of Muddsir and Pathan. So this is new India in the making. It is a hate killing in my little wisdom.
Hail the CJI Justice N.V.Ramana in the light of his loaded observation that judiciary is only answerable to the constitution; divisiveness a threat. “Non-inclusive approach can invite disaster. Can’t allow petty, narrow and divisive issues to dictate relationship. Need to arise above such attitude. Party in power believes every govt. action is entitled to judicial endorsement. Opposition expects the judiciary to advance their political positions and causes. Principle of inclusivity is universal…… strengthens unity in society which is key to peace and progress….We need to focus on issues that unite us”. His words are self-explanatory and need no further dissection.
Where we have reached. It is not my India which used to be free from hate and violence. It is the duty of every individual to contribute his/her mite which is a remote possibility as of now. The indifference and the criminal silence of intellectuals is eating into the vitals of the nation. We have become narrow minded, selfish, greedy, indifferent, callous, partial, dis-contended, directionless and what not, in a majority of cases. For petty selfish benefits we are ready to sell our soul to the devil.
But still there is hope. In a recent book, The Struggle for Police Reforms in India: Ruler’s Police to People’s Police by Mr. Prakash Singh, the review of which is published in a daily, it is written, “Prakash Singh had been summarily removed from the post of DGP UP on September 30, 1992. The State Govt. wanted the security arrangements around the disputed shrine to be diluted. These were resisted by me in the light of SC’s directions to maintain the status quo. Personally in my heart of hearts I was all for Ram Mandir at the disputed site. However, as the police chief of the state, I was quite clear that upholding the rule of law was the highest religion for me”.
Do we have even a single police officer in our UT of the stature of Prakash Singh as of now? I can vouch safe-none. Our police officers are after plum postings and diseased with redtapism and arrogance. A few of them have also grabbed land. Some of them are an integral part of land, liquor, sand, illegal colonies and even drug mafia. Let the Truth be written and spoken.
Satayameva Jayate !