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PROTESTnation, and not BANistan

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By Ridham Gambhir

With a series of bans and Sonakshi Sinha’s tweet regarding the same, the word ‘BANistan’  has picked much momentum in the virtual world.

In order to defy the decision of the decision making bodies, the people in our democracy have organized various rallies and protests to vent out their anger and to mark their dissent.

bee-kKrH--621x414@LiveMintThe enforcement of a 153-year-old ban on beef in J&K was met with huge protests. Reacting to the ban, Hurriyat Chairman, Syed Ali Geelani called for protests and a day-long strike in the Valley . “The High Court’s decision is an interference in the matters of Muslims,” he was quoted as saying.

Government’s decision to ban India’s Daughter,  a documentary on the December 16 rape case was the cause of much annoyance to the public.  NDTV, a famed television network, ran a blank screen – featuring only a candle and the title of the documentary  for an hour as a sign of protest.

Yet another ban that incited the masses to rally against, came with a ban on meat in Mumbai and other states. Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai’s (MCGM) decision to prohibit the sale of meat during Jain fasting period ‘Paryushan’ , was opposed by  Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), through sale of meat in stalls set up on the street to mark their defiance.

Moreover, after the rigid porn ban, even if one tries to search anything on Google which contains the word ‘porn’, it will not show any result! So our attempt to look for protests regarding this ban,were futile.

Keeping the bans aside, proclamation about the criminalization of  same-sex union or the denial  of reservation to one section of society in Gujrat has also faced public outcry.  And it ought to, after all we live in a democratic rather than a totalitarian set-up.

Offence is the best defence and no doubt, it comes easily to Indians. When somebody doesn’t stand up for the national anthem, we are offended. When a movie shows poverty in our nation, we get offended.  Probably, India is made up of a sensitive population. But amid all this, the issue that we would like to surface is that, surely India is on a banning spree or to say curbing freedom in various ways, but these bans aren’t being received like langar (free food), they are met with raised fists and rising voices.

India is not BANistan, it is indeed PROTESTnation!

 

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Greed For Power May Demolish The Democracy

Politicians compete with each other for power and this greed for power can demolish democracy

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Greed for power in politics may demolish democracy in India. Pixabay

By SALIL GEWALI

It is too disgusting that Shiv Sena is aiming for something which was nothing but an act of betrayal. Here the principles and ethos of the party are just sacrificed. The “chair” of Chief Minister is what the individual parties in Maharashtra are wanting so badly. And for this only Shiv Sena has severed its ties with its all-time ally BJP which emerged with the largest number of MLAs. Is it not the BJP with which Sena made the alliance before the election? Why so much bitter feelings after the poll result? Many past elections were fought on this mutual understanding. Sena had always taken pride and bragged about its power and clout as because the BJP was behind it. But now very contrary equation and chemistry are on display. NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena are sharing the ideas as opposed to the expectation of the whole electorate.

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Politics in India might lead to a sinking democracy.

One believes it’s Congress and its High common which Shiv Sena Supremo Late Bal Thackeray always disliked and ruthlessly held them up to ridicule. It was because they hold the opposing ideologies. But now his son Uddhav Thackeray kneeled down and sought the helping hand of those rival camps to walk the party through for the chair of Chief Minister. Going by the flood of comments on the social media, this party has ostensibly fallen from the grace. BJP is not a holy cow either. It is equally good at flexes its muscles for the power.

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While Maharashtra is already under the president rule, the NCP and Congress now exploring all possible means to back Shiv Sena.   Uddhav Thackeray only wants to see his son Aditya Thackeray being the Chief Minister of one of the riches states in the country. The trend is not at all healthy. Here everything is utterly clear that the cherished values of democracy in India are fast eroding. Majority of the states in the country, only the “particularly families” are  always standing up to rule the roost. This is a bigger threat to the fundamental values of the country.The NATION is no more controlled by the government of the people, nor is it for the people. It is the government of the particular families which is formed for the fulfillment of the low greed and narrow aspiration of those particular families. Lastly, it is the common people who are always at the receiving end of the leaders’ whims and tantrums. Phew, the country is not at all in the safe hands.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali