It has been 71 years since the enactment of the Indian constitution which describes India as a nation based on the virtues of a sovereign, socialist, secular and democratic republic, but have we lived up to the expectations of these ideals or are they just for the speeches of political leaders?
For instance, the Hathras case had clearly shown the complete failure of the political and bureaucratic machinery of the Indian state. Four men allegedly raped a 19-year-old girl, but a case of abduction and attempt to murder was registered. Many religious samitis also came in support of the accused.
Consequently, the girl’s body was cremated at midnight by police officials secretly. After all the politicisation of the crime and the blame game of different parties, the case was handed over to the CBI and it termed it a case of gang rape. From what planet do the people supporting the accused come?
Another instance of the newly enacted love jihad law by an Indian state is a clear violation of fundamental rights. Let me recall the right to life and personal liberty which includes right to marry a person of one’s choice and right to choose a life partner irrespective of any religion enshrined in Article 21 of our constitution.
According to this new law, a person converting their religion after having an interfaith marriage would be termed illegal. It is violating the rights mentioned above and the secular fabric of the country. There are many such issues like the CAA-NRC, Delhi riots, ongoing farmer distress due to new farm laws, etc., but the ruling class suppress the voice raised against them by different terms like Pakistani, terrorist, Khalistani, etc.
Lastly, I would say that a majority government may be stable, but it has killed our sacred constitution’s very ideals.