Thursday, 29 April 2010

Khushboo and Supreme Court of India

The recent judgment of the Supreme Court  upholds the right to freedom of speech and expression. Khushboo's right to freedom of speech was violated by the institution of multiple criminal cases against her in various courts across the country and consequent harassment that she suffered. dealt with the procedural loophole in s 177 of the Criminal Procedural Code which allows multiple cases to be filed, The Supreme Court has now given an important direction to Magistrates which should curb abuse of the criminal process:
Court is right in upholding the freedom of speech and expression as an individual right of a citizen in this country.Court is right in saying "We must be mindful that the initiation of a criminal trial is a process which carries an implicit degree of coercion and it should not be triggered by false and frivolous complaints, amounting to harassment and humiliation to the accused."
Besides it is implicit the moral policing taken up by any individuals with a few goons at their command is condemnable, if it allowed unchecked with or without the party's endorsement ruling at the state level , this may lead to chaos and coercion to the liberty of individuals.
At the same time it is equally important and a social responsibility on any individual to pass comments off the cuff on values and culture of a race or a country , using individual yardstick of standards, like anyone uses alcohol and saying since Govt runs liquor shops and now drinking is a social norm , so educated no longer mind drinking alcohol is a self defeating statement, many a doctor may drink but never says when he advises a patient to continue drinking, doctors go by the ethics of medical science and do the practice; likewise Khushboo should have restrained herself from bringing in educated people by saying that educated did not mind accepting wives who had not been virgins before marriage, stray cases where a girl had been cheated or second marriage this is implied and accepted as a standard , but not accepting in totality in the gamut of Indian culture and marriages.This holds good even for males although male chauvinistic society did not disapprove this behavior on the part of males.
Responsibility is responding to the social values and commenting on improving the society not making statement for making the ground of morality more slippery for youngsters at their impressionable age.
Finally do not use your personal yardstick of your set standards as the standards of Indian culture and ethos.
We come here to live as Indians with whatever we do without encroaching on others' personal space but India lives for ever with its standards of morality and values, do not tamper it.
This is not to sermonize on the standards of morality, which is changing , everyone knows, but taking a swipe on the minimum expected in every generation with regard to morality is misleading.

Friday, 16 April 2010

Shashi Tharoor an embarrassment to our Prime Minister

What India can benefit from those who had been educated and outsourced from abroad for the ministerial berths is they invent more ways of how sophisticated the way they can exploit a country like India, recent example being how one who sits in the chair of public service can influence .
Tharoor detected political opportunities in mentoring a consortium that was intent on giving Kochi an IPL team is understandable. Yet, his role was more than that of a benign ‘patron’, as he now claims. Tharoor took an active interest in the operational aspects of the bidding process. He personally called on various bigwigs in the Board of Control for Cricket in India, including Sharad Pawar and Arun Jaitley, before the auction and was present in Chennai around the time the bids were opened. After his consortium won the bid and chose Kochi, Tharoor exulted publicly and attempted to extract maximum political mileage for himself in Kerala. 
From being the outsider, he projected himself as the personification of Malayali pride.In his perspective Malayalee pride is playing cricket, leave alone the poor guy, who does not know the plight of Keralites who migrate to various parts of India for jobs and survival since he does not use the 'cattle class' of Indian Railways.Trains starting from Mangalore, Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram to various parts of India do not carry Malayalees either for tour or pilgrimage.
Poverty, lack of opportunities there push an ordinary young man or woman to go out of the state in search of jobs.This gentleman who worked abroad , even in U.N could make crores of rupees in the name of his girl friend is talking of Malayalee Pride.
It is a shame to every Malayalee to see one who occupies the chair of authority and misuses compromising on integrity , making mockery of Indian system of democracy.
He is an embarrassment to our Prime Minsiter and the Congress Party.The congress party which had leaders like Lal Bahathur Shastry who resigned when Ariyaloor accident happened when he was the Railway Minister.Examples are many like T.T.Krishnamachary etc., Recent one being P.Chidambaram who offered to resign although we know the fact , immediately no one can occupy the chair to tackle the present scenario; even opposition did not demand his resignation although discussion was on course of actions contemplated on various issues.
Tharoor is only a symptom of deeper malaise.
Let this' honorable gentleman' put down his papers to clear the deck for the Prime Minister to function without embarrassment , right now Tharoor is not indispensable but we need a Prime Minister like Dr.Manmohan Singh to lead our country at this juncture of Nuclear deal,terrorism,internal security.Only now we want hands who could strengthen our Prime Minister not the ones who weaken his Government creating embarrassment.
Pride is making Kerala as a state of integrity not the other way round as  Mr.Tharoor does .He is a shame to Kerala.