The Burden Of Injustice

After penning a few thoughts on the Narendra Modi ‘situation’ (the apostrophe marks to describe this word are used because of it’s indescribable nature), I’d like to further share some views on how delayed justice is as costly to India as socialism was in the pre-liberalization era.

Now, this isn’t a post narrating the construct of the Indian judiciary or how it works. Cynicism aside, it has a history of delivering justice (albeit, there being a range of delay from a very short span to insanely long ones). It is the constitutional duty of any judiciary to deliver justice to it’s citizens. Not a doubt about that.

It’s about the burdens that pile up, when it doesn’t deliver.

Take the Narendra Modi scenario, again. It is unlikely that we will ever find the truth, and even if the truth is uncovered, it will be followed by a series of hurrahs and denials from various categories of opinionated people. In fact, the only things certain about the Modi situation are the responses of these individuals. Many of them will be so influential, that they will readily be able to influence the lesser-informed, the ignorant and simply the people who go by their every word.

Now all of this wouldn’t mean a thing if effective justice was delivered regularly, and the courts had the final word (while keeping the constitutional provisions of appeals in mind). But that hasn’t happened. So what we are left with is a country that doesn’t rely on justice, but relies on all the propaganda surrounding the injustice. We are, today, a bunch of clowns just waiting for *injustice* to be delivered.

Since this has become the norm, expectations for justice are zilch. A society that thrives on the prevalence of injustice in so many areas that it is mind-boggling to even imagine how it will redeem itself to ever convince the ordinary, expectant citizen that justice is not an impossible dream.

This is a very shocking predicament, for a country that aspires to influence the world someday. Because once millions of minds are accustomed to failure of duties, what are the chances they will themselves do their rightful duties? Less. It creates a society that lives on mistrust, with a burden of problems that are likely to remain problems. Problems are always accompanied by some form of acceptance. And what is to happen if we accept everything around us – as it is? History cites several examples. But continue to accept, we will.

Generations will live through these circumstances, accepting and imbibing the very alternative of certain beliefs (liberty, justice, truth) that a country is supposed to be founded on. The same generations will create similar circumstances because of the experiences from previous generations. It is a desperate situation, if one fails to notice it.

And I’m not sure if a mere screaming of ‘WAKE UP’ works anymore.

The Narendra Modi Conundrum

Two sides to a coin.

Narendra Modi – chief minister of a state that has recorded economic growth far greater than so many parts of the country, voted to office across successive terms, effective administrator, investment magnet, rose the ranks through a difficult system primarily on the basis of merit and genuinely works for the benefit of Gujarat.

Narendra Modi – alleged architect of the post-Godhra riots that killed hundreds of innocents, communalist, propagandist, pretends to be moderate center-of-right in politics and policies but isn’t.

Clearly, there may have never been so concrete ‘two sides of a coin’ than there are in the case of BJP leader Narendra Modi. He has firm admirers and staunch opponents. He has wild fanboys and blood-thirsty critics. None of the people in all these categories are ever likely to lower their stands, and will continue to create a lot of noise (a lot on Twitter, these days) when a Modi issue becomes a headline event.

Inherently, it can be very easily observed that fundamentalism prevails in their minds. Pro-Modi folks won’t glance an eye over any writing/commentary that attempts a critique of the CM, while anti-Modi folks continue to believe that he is a major threat to Indian polity and there is no second way about this. Once in a while, if these people read/understood opposing views, we might have a moderate and more composed (but unchanged) understanding of the Modi ‘situation’ rather than just wild rhetoric from either side.

Now, the point I’m trying to make from my writing here is the ‘price’ of delayed justice. India, clearly, has failed its people when it comes to delivering justice. The problem is that it takes so much time to deliver justice that enough rhetoric has been generated, resources lost and new topics born to take light away from the initial issue of concern.

Imagine this. The post-Godhra riots are avoided. Narendra Modi ends up being the man to deliver effective policing in areas which noted violence. He lives up to his constitutional obligations and morals. People don’t die. The perpetrators of the Godhra train burning are brought to book. Modi continues to administer the state effectively. Nope. Didn’t happen.

Imagine this. The Gujarat riots happen (as they did). Narendra Modi is proven to be involved. The court says, with ample evidence, that he played a direct role in whatever carnage occurred and pronounce him guilty on various counts. If this doesn’t amount to a serious sentence, he is freed after serving whatever sentence he was charged with. Nope. Hasn’t happened.

Imagine this. If he is proven to be innocent, he gets a clean chit and goes back to doing what he does best – politics/administration/governance. Nope. Hasn’t happened.

But he is still accountable for 2002, as any CM would be when in command during a major crisis and holding all constitutional powers to administer control and simply prevent loss of lives. He is still responsible for effective governance. He is still administering a state that is making India proud, in most ways. So, we are in a permanent fix with solutions to problems both happening and not happening. It becomes difficult to make any sense of the Modi ‘problem’ and one is merely left to endure two conflicting sides clash in the extreme of terms when the spotlight hovers over Modi.

The only sense I could make out of all of this – Whatever you think of Narendra Modi, it doesn’t change what he once did and it doesn’t change what he is doing today.

The rest, as they say, is history’s undoing.