Month: January 2013

Diversions from rape cases

There are many rape cases pending in courts. The focus should be on how to decide those cases quickly so that victims get justice. Instead many people want to divert attention from them.
Some talk of many victims getting raped by people known to them, either in family or outside. Their figures range from 75% to 95%. They don’t talk about getting justice to victims who have reported rape. They don’t talk about fast investigation and prosecution, corruption in police and judiciary. Many times police are insensitive because they have bribed to get their posts and they want to recover the amount. They want money to register cases. Corruption is a major reason why many rape victims do not get justice.
Some blame TV serials and films though most TV serials and films do not have rape scenes and as if there were no rapes before TV serials and films. Bollywood is a soft target for many and item numbers are a particular target. The defendants of item numbers have countered the critics by saying there is beautification of women in item numbers and not commodification and objectification, and the songs are entertainment. The critics want to redefine entertainment. They are not different from Taliban. Someone said Jumma chumma de de song is gang rape to music. He should have his head examined.
The talk of patriarchal society, changing mindsets, and police coming from society is immaterial. Police are paid to do a job. They should do it. It is not for them to decide what should be on TV serials. When a police commissioner says nobody condemns pre-marital and extra-marital scenes in TV serials there is a problem. His job is to uphold law and not to play censor.
We should resist lobbies that oppose death penalty, castration, reducing juvenile age. Such lobbies are allowed to exercise far more influence than their numbers. Rapists and murderers have come out of prison and committed more crimes. Supreme Court judges who reduce death sentences of rapists and murderers to life sentences to great injustice to the country in general and victims in particular.
Some talk of men feeling threatened because women assert themselves as if all men turn to rape. Such generalization and oversimplification should be avoided.
India is Bharat. Bharat is India. If anyone says rapes take place in cities and not in villages he is lying or is a fool, idiot, imbecile and moron. Talking of cities as India and villages as Bharat should stop.

Gandhi responsible for soldier deaths in Kashmir

The deaths of Lance Naiks Hemraj and Sudhakar Singh have angered the nation. Their bodies were mutilated and one of them was beheaded. They are the latest in the long list of Indian soldiers who died in Jammu & Kashmir fighting Pakistan.
In October 1947 Hari Singh Dongra, Maharaja of Jammu & Kashmir, signed the Instrument of Accession after he was unable to fight Pashtun tribesmen sent by Pakistan. Jammu & Kashmir became part of India and Pakistan invaded it soon afterwards. India and Pakistan fought a war in Kashmir. In January 1948 Pakistan’s treasury was empty. India had stopped payments to Pakistan. India would have won the war and Pakistan would have vacated Kashmir. Governor General Louis Mountbatten wanted Kashmir to go to Pakistan. He wanted Pakistan to get its share of treasury with Reserve Bank of India. Nehru and Patel were not ready as that money would have been used by Pakistan to fight India. Mountbatten met Gandhi. Gandhi agreed to what Mountbatten said. Nehru and Patel defied Gandhi. Gandhi went on fast. Nehru and Patel succumbed to pressure and handed over 55 crore rupees to Pakistan. Pakistan survived bankruptcy and continued war in Kashmir and kill Indian soldiers.
How was Mountbatten able to influence Gandhi? Gandhi had said India can be divided over his dead body. He had fasted for various reasons at different times. When Mountbatten told him about India’s partition and asked him not to oppose it he did not go on fast to oppose partition. When Mountbatten wanted him to help Pakistan he fasted.
The war continued in 1948 and ended in January 1949 with a UN mediated cease fire. India had expected UN to ask Pakistan to vacate Kashmir and that did not happen. After that there were three wars and many firings along the line of control. Many Indian soldiers have died due to wars and firings and also due to adverse weather conditions in Kargil and Siachen.
In 1999 Saurabh Kalia and five others were captured, mutilated and tortured by Pakistanis. India did not make an issue of violation of Geneva Conventions. Saurabh Kalia’s father wanted Indian government to do something but his entreaties fell on deaf ears.
There are some who speak in favour of Pakistan and offer crazy explanations and justifications. Praveen Swami on Last Word said Pakistan beheaded Indian soldier as a tit-for-tat for India erecting an observation post. That does not make sense. If Pakistan wanted to retaliate they could have erected an observation post on their side. He said Indians have beheaded Pakistanis in the past. Pakistanis have not spoken about it.
Too many Indians have died in Kashmir. We shall ask Pakistan to vacate the territory they illegally occupy within 90 days and write to China to hand over the territory they transferred to them in 1967. If Pakistan does not oblige we shall follow with sanctions like USA did with Iran. We shall close our high commission and deputy high commissions in Pakistan. We shall stop trade with Pakistan and ask USA and other countries to stop trade with Pakistan.
We need to critically evaluate our leaders. They have got praise for many things. We should not hesitate to blame them for their wrongs. Gandhi has to be blamed for his fast and subsequent deaths of Indian soldiers in Kashmir.

Anchors go bonkers

There are times anchors go bonkers. They give prominence to undeserving people and subjects and waste lot of air time. This is more so after Delhi gang rape.
Someone or the other comes out with a statement that offends women and he or she gets national publicity. For a petty politician all he has to do to get publicity is to say something against women. He is famous. For such a person there is no such thing as bad publicity. Any publicity is good publicity.
Sometimes anchors give free publicity to someone who did not even make an attempt to get it. One singer was suddenly the rage on news channels. His songs were said to be against women and pornographic. One song was said to be perverse. Not many knew about the singer and his songs before the controversy. After the controversy he is known all over India. His most controversial song got more than a million viewers.
The swing of the pendulum from one end to another continues. Anchors who once talked in favour of freedom of speech and expression are suddenly at the other end. They invite for discussion people who want a ban on item songs.
Some insignificant person says something and that becomes a matter of discussion for prime time. Someone talks of rapes talking place in India and not in Bharat, someone blames co-education, someone blames English education, someone blames films, someone blames skirts, and they become matters of discussion. In India there is CBFC which certifies films. Many certified films are opposed by people for some reason and such people get publicity. If a song is popular and there are mothers who dance with their children to that song there should be no problem. It seems some anchors and panelists don’t like popular culture and want to impose their view on others.
One MP made a remark about women protesters and that day he dominated the news. He apologised for that but anchors did not let him go. The MP did not want to another controversy. He appeared contrite and penitent but seemed happy to be on channels.
Many panelists talk inanities and banalities. They talk of patriarchal society, mindset, police coming from society, and such things. Rape is a crime and should be punished. Everything else is immaterial.