TW: Mention of Rape, Caste-based atrocities
The Hathras gang-rape incident is a chilling reminder of the horrendous act on humanity — pressing for our action and attention, if not for the role of civil society in fixing the faults of our governments, if not for our weak and fragmented opposition seeking a chance to consolidate its voter base. I am made to understand that we ought to take a stand to resist these onslaughts. Uttar Pradesh, under the watch of Yogi Adityanath, has become the laboratory of lawlessness. Leave aside leadership, legislation and governance for a while, efforts have been to made to reconfigure the politics of the state by smartly playing the caste and community card.
Politics of polarisation and propaganda has taken a centre stage, with Hindutva becoming an important ally. This has aroused and mobilised the pride and passions of people who have a missing conscience and conduct of democratic civility. I do want to ask if people have been constituted as an ally of Hindutva or not, as they are restraining themselves from making the Yogi government feel incompetent. So what if the infrastructure, healthcare and education are on the downslide in the state?
It sounds bold and better-to-pass-the-buck-to-the-previous-regimes as the electorate takes refuge in the political propaganda and polemics of communal mobilisation and polarisation. But will there be an end to this template any time sooner, if not for our agencies of resistance and charge?
Being politically aware, organised and conscious is the need and necessity of this moment not only for safeguarding our rights and duties, but also for re-correcting the identity of our democratic code and civility, which has been tweaked and twisted favouring those guiding our destiny.
Let us rise up in ensuring justice for the Hathras victim bringing the perpetrators to book. Making us all hang our heads with shame. #JusticeDelayedisJusticeDenied.