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It’s not over yet, Shri Yeddyurappa

February 26, 2009
Will the moral police haul the BJP to power again?

Will the moral police haul the BJP to power again?

Even as the Sri Ram Sainiks chew on their chaddis, the moral police march their beat in Karnataka with random attacks on women. The incidents are not always hot enough for the media, though.

After the incident I posted about last week, here’s another that occurred in Bangalore. The victim is an old colleague.

I read the entire account she has written but what stayed behind to haunt me is this:

I have never felt like leaving my country for good. Yesterday I felt that. For that day I was homeless and orphaned and helpless in a way like never before. The residual feeling today is one of deep sadness at the frailty of humanity. The end of innocence for having stared at the nobility of the human spirit caving into the heart of darkness.

I am tired.

That’s exactly what the moral police want us to feel. Tired. Of fighting back, of raising our voices, of voting.

But who are we to debate over what a victim of such harassment should do? When the system has failed us, can we simply reboot?

With every incident of so-called Islamic terrorism, we point the finger randomly at LeT, or HuJi or SIMI or whatever. Our speculation has built the brands of these outfits, whoever they are. In much the same way, the last month or so has been a product launch for the Sri Rama Sene. Its leader has got all the press he needed without issuing a single press release or calling a press conference. He has now openly announced that he’ll contest the elections. And, given the kind of democracy we are where a criminal background is quintessential to a successful political career, be sure that there will be enough retrograde assholes out there to vote him in.

And if the BJP assumes power again the next time round, whose back will it ride on? Note that it will have plenty of right-wing options to choose from. That we have a fascist government in Karnataka is no longer just conjecture. It’s the history that we are writing with our inertia.

Go on with your gimmickry, Shri Yeddyurappa. Build your unnecessary flyovers, distribute your poisoned Gangajal, turn away your garlands and honorary doctorates.

But remember, it’s not over yet till the people have voted.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 27, 2009 10:12 am

    I feel that things are going to get much worse – it seems we don’t have honest politicians with a vision any more, and if they are there, they are not able to communicate their vision to the people!

    Thanks for your comments about my post on your interview to Ghosh, but comments in Italian, that had me very surprised indeed!

  2. bijoyvenugopal permalink*
    February 27, 2009 3:18 pm

    Agree, although I think we can live with a certain kind of compromise. No one’s expecting politicians to be honest anyway, but their being fascist is what needs to be tackled first.

    About the Italian comment, all thanks to Google Language Tools. 🙂

  3. bijoyvenugopal permalink*
    March 2, 2009 3:09 pm

    Dear Sunil,
    The comments in Italian are thanks to Google!

  4. smitha kulkarni permalink
    March 3, 2009 6:04 pm

    Why r the males of moral police wearing pants and shirts, isnt it western attire, they sud be beaten up for that and made to wear lungi or dhoti like a true indian.. they can even wear a loin cloth…

  5. bijoyvenugopal permalink*
    March 3, 2009 8:59 pm

    Correct, Madam. Good observation!

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