Thursday, June 08, 2006

Freedom of Expression :

When the actions of a nation are at variances with its professed values, is it unfair to call it a land of hypocrites ? When a Government stays in power even after thousands of innocent men, women and children perish in a state sponsored pogrom, when the state is eager to ban movies and books simply because they represent the suppressed views or do not kowtow to the wishes of the manipulators, When 60 years have proved insufficient to pull more than 70% of the population out of poverty, the fattest constitution in the world has failed us. Where are the provisions to prevent criminalisation of politics? where are the rules to recall wimpy representatives? where are the principles of freedom of expression and speech ? Have they morphed into mere ink ?
Why are we scared to face the truth ? Why is it that we read only one side of the story ? The sign of a civilised society is not to shut out counter arguments. On the contrary, a civilised society should encourage debate on controversial topics, It should listen to both sides of any story. It should be through the clarity that emerges out of such a healthy debate that the society grows. Muffled screams can only sow seeds of dissent.
Reading the preamble of my constitution, i wonder how many words are there to whom we have shown true justice,

WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC and to secure to all its citizens:

JUSTICE, social, economic and political;

LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;

EQUALITY of status and of opportunity;

and to promote among them all

FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation;

Are we truly socialist?? If not why keep that word in the preamble ?

Are we secular ?? Does secularism stand for appeasement of religions?? Pandering to religions ?? I believe secularism should be equal distance from all religions. A condition of State and Religion being divorced. Why did we disgrace Shah Bano?

Justice ??? "Justice delayed is Justice Denied". How many innocents languish behind the bars, How many criminals (read politicians) roam scot free ?

Equality ?? What is this hue and cry about Reservations? Why do i have to write my religion and caste in almost every application form that i have to fill? Is it because we all are equal but some people are more equal than others ?

Fraternity ?? The damage is already done ! Having placed "Caste" and "religion" on the center Stage and having played Vote bank politics, what kind of Fraternity have our leaders established ? "A Fraternity for the Cynical" ??

Unity and Integrity of the Nation : Yes !! If a nation is a geographic area with countless people, roads, bridges, forests, lakes, houses and skyscrapers...we have united them, we have built on them....But if Nationalism is something that stems from an admiration for a set of values that the people of that land hold, a set of principles that one believes is so virtuous that it should outlive everything else, a set of ideas that one places above himself and pledges to die protecting them....then i wonder how many of us feel that emotion in our bones !!!


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