KEJRIWAL, TOO, JOINS ‘JUSTICE FOR NIDO’ PROTEST: THE TALES ON ‘AAM AADMI’ IS ‘KHAAS’ FOR THREE MONTHS

‘AAM AADMI’ IS ‘KHAAS’ FOR THREE MONTHS*
Pre-election sops:
The mad rush has already begun with the poll bonanza entering its final leg – It would be interesting to watch the scramble, to lure the ‘Aam Aadmi’ in the narrow spectrum of time available before the Lok Sabha polls are announced – to woo the voters

Out of the three most talked about prime-ministerial candidates, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, the stunningly new chief minister of Delhi, the city state, the national capital of India, realized it the last, that how significant a pro common man symbolism it could be.

(Mr.) Kejriwal was the last one in showing solidarity with the cause of ensuring justice for Nido Taniam, the young student from Arunachal Pradesh who lost his life to some racist elements of Delhi’s social weaving and to the inaction of Delhi Police.

Nido Taniam, the 20-year old, was beaten fatally by some shopkeepers in the Lajpat Nagar market area of Delhi after he reacted to the racist comments by them. Later on, he succumbed to his injuries.

It took Mr. Kejriwal six days to react on an incident when he should have reacted on the day the incident happened.

On February 4, when Mr. Kejriwal joined the protesters at Jantar Mantar, he was the 2nd runner up. A day before, on February 3, Rahul Gandhi had made an unscheduled (but not unexpected) appearance to put his thoughts further. Before that, on February 2, Narendra Modi had given voice to his concern by expressing grief and anger during his rally in Meerut.

Who gets what – only time will tell?

But the common thread (threat, you can read as well) of similarity here, in the ‘solidarity acts’ by these three prime-ministerial names, is, they all acted in the typical, routine, political fashion of the day.

Mr. Kejriwal is emerging as yet another routine politician and this incident was yet another qualifier to that ‘manifestation-in-process’. He ordered probe and some steps that were nothing more than routine, that we hear from every other politician after every such incident.

The crime that should have extracted the reactions from these political leaders within hours, took at least four days to reach their conscious so as to make them express their feelings.

And this was when it happened in Delhi, the national capital city of India, with its youngest chief minister in office. What to say of the rest of the nation then?

*https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/aam-aadmi-is-khaas-for-three-months/

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RAHUL GANDHI JOINS ‘JUSTICE FOR NIDO’ PROTEST: THE TALES ON ‘AAM AADMI’ IS ‘KHAAS’ FOR THREE MONTHS

AAM AADMI’ IS ‘KHAAS’ FOR THREE MONTHS*
Pre-election sops:
The mad rush has already begun with the poll bonanza entering its final leg – It would be interesting to watch the scramble, to lure the ‘Aam Aadmi’ in the narrow spectrum of time available before the Lok Sabha polls are announced – to woo the voters

Rahul Gandhi, in an unscheduled appearance (but not unexpected in the tidal times of elections), joined the protesters this evening at Jantar Mantar, in solidarity with their demand for justice for Nido Taniam, a 20-year old student from Arunachal Pradesh, who was beaten fatally by some shopkeepers in the Lajpat Nagar market of Delhi after he reacted to the racist comments by them, and who, later on, succumbed to his injuries.

Despite waves of protests after every such incident, such ghastly crimes continue. This is not a law and order problem only. It is in the mindset. The roots go down deeper in the psyche, a psyche marred by sick mentalities. Yes, it is a mindset problem, a mindset that afflicts the law and order enforcers, too.

It was good that Rahul Gandhi thought to be there, at Jantar Mantar, in solidarity with the cause to demand justice for Nido.

But can he justify the inaction of police that are directly under the Home Minister of his party’s government?

Why did he took almost a week (Nido’s incident happened on January 29 and has been in news regularly) to call the Home Minister, Sushilkumar Shinde, to ensure justice for Nido?

And why even Mr. Shinde needs to be called for something that is a natural, birthright of every citizen of India?

Shouldn’t the police take suo motu steps to nail the culprits when the very first information arrives? Why did the police try to hush-up the matter when the altercation happened that ultimately took an innocent life?

Who and what pushed the police to act in a kangaroo court fashion settling the matter that evening after the altercation?

The delayed act by Rahul Gandhi gives us reasons to think that the move was inclined more on the electoral premises to sound pro common man than on concern of ensuring justice for a common man.

We would like to think the contrary but Rahul (and most of the politicians) is yet to give us the reason to think so.

*https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/aam-aadmi-is-khaas-for-three-months/

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NIDO TANIAM: MADDENING DELHI’S SOCIAL APATHY CONTINUES

Rahul Gandhi, in an unscheduled appearance (but not unexpected in the tidal times of elections), joined the protesters this evening at Jantar Mantar, in solidarity with their demand for justice for Nido Taniam, a 20-year old student from Arunachal Pradesh, who was beaten fatally by some shopkeepers in the Lajpat Nagar market of Delhi after he reacted to the racist comments by them, and who, later on, succumbed to his injuries.

Racial profiling and discrimination against students and aspiring professionals from the North-East is a dark reality of the Indian national capital. Despite waves of protests after every such incident, such ghastly crimes continue.

This is not a law and order problem only. It is in the mindset. The roots go down deeper in the psyche, a psyche marred by sick mentalities. Yes, it is a mindset problem leading to social apathy in the segments of Delhi’s population, a mindset that afflicts the law and order enforcers, too.

When we need a series of exemplary retaliatory measures by the police and administration to create a deterrence to keep this mindset under control, we do not have much to count.

On January 24, before this incident, two women from Manipur were assaulted in a case of racist attack at Kotla Mubarakpur in Delhi. The women were thrashed by the goons on resisting a prank they were being subjected to regularly.

But the police desisted from registering FIR. It was only after pressure from some activist groups that the police registered any FIR but any arrest could only be possible after the protests surge demanding justice for Nido raising again the larger issue of racial discrimination against the people from the North-East. Even in Nido’s case, the role of police is under scanner and probe is needed to fix the responsibility.

It was good that Rahul Gandhi thought to be there, at Jantar Mantar, in solidarity with the cause to demand justice for Nido. It was good to hear Narendra Modi raising this issue yesterday.

But such acts will be seen more as the acts of political compulsions than responses of humanitarian concern as long as the administrative apathy, overlooked by the political leadership, continues having a blind eye to such socially divisive crimes.

Till then, Delhi will remain a maddening place for anyone who believes in values of humanity and who wants to make it its first or second home.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/