“O Sahab, let’s us settle it between us, why to involve the police, tell us how much you need, after all it is just a small accident. It is no big deal when even death cases are handled easily with cash compensation.”

An unwelcome suggestion, a disturbing tone and a menacing voice!

This was one of the suggestions (and the veiled threat) made by a goon looking guy to the person who had just met an accident when a commercial minivan run by one of the stooges of the guy had rammed into the standing bike of the person.

Though the person stood his ground, called the police, waited for them to come while getting veiled threats and suggestions from the cartel of the goons who were running that illegal minivan business near one of the busy Delhi Metro stations, the subsequent details of the incident were reflective of the overall deterioration in the society.

Deterioration of values in the society – it is not dystopian to write so, but it is about being realist.

How easily the fellow could say that loss of a life could be compensated easily with money?

A loss of life can never be compensated. The pain of separation never heals.

But the insensitivity and the moral disintegration of the society and its various formations have become so common that one can easily find such goons talking this or the similar other nonsense ironies almost on a daily basis, almost everywhere.

People kill people and they move on as if the person killed didn’t even exist.

People see people being killed and they move on as if the person killed didn’t even exist.

The System is getting insular to the pain afflicting everyone while selectively recruiting the victim and the assailant.

This one incident was reflective of countless such incidents happening every passing moment, everywhere.

Nothing much happened to them – to the assorted goons of the cartel there. Though the police tried to sound sympathetic to the person (largely due to his ID), the primary response was that police could not do much in the case as it was a minor accident.

On being told about legality of the permission to run the minivan business there, the police official said he would look into the issue and would ensure that they didn’t operate from there anymore.

Next day, it was the business as usual, the same spot, minivans overloading passengers, drivers driving rash!

Rule of law needs the element of fear in the mind of those who break the law but corruption in the apparatus to ensure the rule of law has killed that spirit, has made that need redundant.

It results in the mentality where people disregard every other life while trying to corner the maximum of the sky for them.

And it is fast becoming a commonality.

People are rapidly forgetting the difference between human and inhuman.

It is a big lie and an unforgivable crime.

And indeed this crime-to-the-humanity has become a regular part of our social weaving. There are many wars going on within India that has become a society dissected with religion, caste and region biases. The killing teeth of these biases become even more lethal with the chronic corruption that has become a way of life in India.

When someone finds an easy, alternative but corrupt route to earn easy bucks for which someone else has to work hard, the person starts losing every regard for the disciplinary rules of life.

We are living in a society when we hear debates about issues like ‘legalizing bribery’ or formalizing the ‘convenience fee’.

Expecting a work done without paying bribe, in almost every walk of life has become a next-to-impossible thing, be it health service, education, police or even the so-called social security measures like MNREGA or farm-debt-waiver or the upcoming food security.

The request of a threatening eye and a menacing voice was, like always, reiterating this only.

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Ironically a rueful fact in a democracy – electoral politics in India is dominated by votebank appeasement. This votebank politics has some inherent traits.

Hindus, the majority votebank (80%), are divided and sub-divided along different caste and sub-caste lines and caste is still the major factor in deciding whom to vote for. Though, the widening base of the middle class does act independently (and so positively) of this caste prejudice sometimes, it is still a long way to go before the country can see a democratically healthy electoral process based on issues of human development.

Over the years, to exploit the caste sentiments, politicians have worked overtime to make the fissures go deeper in the fractured Hindu society by promoting caste-based politics.

On the contrary, with the minority votes, the situation is different.

They vote in pockets, more or less uniformly distributed. This pushes politicians to go to any extent to attract the minority votes. And in this minority lot, Muslims count for the biggest votebank and, so are the biggest attraction for the manipulative practice of the votebank politics.

(Now, it is matter of yet another debate if the appeasement of minorities and the subsequent votebank politics has done any good, either to the minorities, or to the overall social fabric of the country, or to democratic spirit of the country.)

The fractured majority and the consolidated minority – the paradox sums up the essence of the votebank politics in India – a paradox perpetuated by the exploitation and over-exploitation by its political class – at the cost of the democratic spirit of the Republic.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey –