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Saturday, 30 June 2012

Intolerance

An MLA of Assam along with her husband was badly beaten by members of a mob who barged into their hotel room and barbarically assaulted the couple. Its alleged that she has re married without divorcing her first husband. Her first husband (or may be her only legal husband) has lodged an FIR against her, accusing her of bigamy. That's the legal part. The religious part of the incident is that she being a Hindu, married a Muslim that too leaving her former Hindu husband. Some people may find the bigamy aspect outrageous, while some fanatics may find the latter part (the Hindu marrying a Muslim part) more aggravating, while others still, may find both aspects too much to handle. Let's for a moment just assume (without actually agreeing) that all these allegations are correct and well founded and are even infuriating.

Even then, WHO THE HELL ARE WE TO TAKE MATTERS INTO OUR HANDS ??!!!.

I'm so angry at the moment at such blatant disregard by those men, for the privacy of the couple and the law of our land, that I myself may resort to a bit of lawlessness, if I find any of those brainless hooligans in front of me. I'm seething with disgust & harboring a hypothetical desire to unravel the antecedents of the men who took upon themselves the task of disciplining the couple, and for each wrong that each of them may have committed, instead of submitting them to the Courts, let mob justice be meted out to them too. Only then they'd realize the horror of their own actions But I guess, that's just not the way.

If the lady MLA is guilty of marrying again in the lifetime of her first husband, the she'll face the iron hands of law & so will her companion. The latter will probably be booked for charges of adultery and other relevant offences against marriage. But there is nothing legally wrong with a Hindu marrying a Muslim or vice versa, howsoever insulting and disgusting some may find that to be. Our Constitution sanctions it, and no one has even a grain of authority, to challenge acts allowed by the law of our land. If they do, the are latently challenging the law and directly branding themselves as outlaws. As for the incident, I hope that the investigating machinery lives up to its obligations and presents the guilty alongwith all proper evidence for the Courts to mete out justice to the lady and the man assaulted.


One thing is for sure. We have become a society which is breeding countless numbers of such intolerant mindless & hypocritical bunch of goons, who resort to lawlessness at the slightest opportunity. I want to ask those nincompoops, those morons happily letting themselves to be puppeteered at the hands of the cunning, What business they think they have in a marital dispute ? And what on this earth they think they were achieving by assaulting the lady and her husband ? It's become an order of sorts, that if we cannot accept something, we rush to root it out, without any regard for the fact that the thing may, in the first place be completely legal and proper. We have become a nation infested by such first order dogmatists and bigots, who will endorse and preach the greatness of our magnanimous cultures and religions, but conveniently disown such of it's sermons as would enable them to seamlessly accomplish their selfish ends. Tolerance is a common yet significant virtue practiced and preached by all religions, but its easily the most ignored and neglected trait among the rest. May be because it requires humans to stay human.

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  1. I completely agree with you. Many fanatics struggle with the concept of leaving it to the hands of the Law. They have to learn to control their inner drives. The lady should and probably will face penalty for not filing a divorce before her second marriage. But, at the same time I do hope that the abusers are punished by the Law, accordingly. Great post!

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  2. We are becoming very intolerant,don't we have something better to do?

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  3. There is this devil moment in the mob mentality when individual sense of existence ceases and everyone is engulfed by the envelope of hell surrounding the mind of just a few people. It happens in riots to religious intolerance. We are an intolerant nation too quite a great extent, and often this comes into picture frequently. Wonder how many deeds pass away without getting any media coverage. It is all around us, covering our lives. When it erupts, it shows pathetic results like the one you mentioned.

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  4. the honesty in ur words is so visible in ur writing..as for the matter of concern, i totally agree ,who are we to take and decide what's justice for others when we as human beings don't retaliate when needed and we tend to nose into others problems especially when its got to be about some illicit affairs, which people love to intrude. We are hypocrites to the core.

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    1. No, seriously Jithin, I got mighty p**sed when I saw those semi barbaric creatures, who claim to be called men, beating a helpless woman, begging them to spare her. I mean what the hell ? I was ashamed of being a man myself. What have we reduced into ?

      Thanks for reading the post. And I completely agree with the point that you have made about the sadistic pleasure people these days seem to derive from the private miseries of others.

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  5. Being a public representative she needs to set an example, leaving that aside, mob mentality is ruining may personal and sensitive issues!!

    Well written article! Rocks!!

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    1. I agree Manasa that a public representative needs to live with restraint and discipline. May be she cannot claim entitlement to the same frivolities and errors that we normal men & women are entitled to. But even then this is not the way to show dissent with someone's actions, and I'm glad that you agree with this.

      Thanks for your appreciation.

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  6. That's the peculiar quality of our high-religious-functioning-brains of our India..
    it takes no time for them to make opinions..
    and they never stop at opinions..
    then comes those sarcastic and disgusting comments... and unrealistic demands..
    and they can never satisfy with that... No, never
    then comes the spineless people u mentioned above.. who takes law in their ruthless hands..

    huhh.. only bad wishes comes out my mouth 4 them..
    very often these people are so well placed in their society that... they think themselves untouchables.. !!

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    1. Agree !!! Being judgmental about others is always easier.

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    1. I'm Sorry Bro, had to remove your comment. I understand your anger and completely agree with what you've said, except for the language used. I sincerely hope that you don't take this amiss. Its nothing personal. For very sensitive reasons, I can't afford to be seen to allow that kind of language.

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  8. those who assaulted that MLA and her husband are all hired goons of few political parties. none of them are common man. very unfortunate incident and it's now affecting our lives as well, as today my sister couldn't come home as the roads are blocked.

    electronic and print media portrayed the story exactly how those political parties wanted.

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    1. A very strong likelihood you have pointed out Debajyoti. And of course this was icing on cake for our over zealous media houses. I can understand the inconvenience that you must be facing for a total non issue.

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  9. Absoloutely! This outburst is not of common man hu has better things to do. This was definitely planned by the politicians. How cheap can humanity be.Disgusting!

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  10. I am in agreement with Jithin Chandran.

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    1. Thanks for reading Mr. Subramanium

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  11. Disgusting!It's time we realise there are far better and more interesting/important/happy things in life than poking your nose into other's affairs!(Pun intended!)

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  12. This is the real India ... bigoted, hypocritical and ridden with narrow ideologies.

    Honour Killing, Caste/Religion/Status based biases are as common place in 21st century India as it was in the 19th century.

    We have borrowed some products and franchises from abroad but not a broader outlook towards our fellow humans.

    Good one, Anupam.

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    1. So correctly said "We have borrowed some products and franchises from abroad but not a broader outlook towards our fellow humans."

      Thanks for reading, Jayadev

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  14. "We have become a society which is breeding countless numbers of such intolerant mindless & hypocritical bunch of goons, who resort to lawlessness at the slightest opportunity."

    i dont agree with such people and have myself suffered because of these self proclaimed authorities... but i think it gives them a sense of power. a power that they otherwise lack because they have no control over their own lives. therefore they want control of others' lives. i can give you a simple day to day example, a lot of parents, im sure many of your readers will agree, will interfere in their childs decision of spouse, career, and even day to day eating habits, not once trusting their child to make the right decision. if you ask these people, they will say the same thing the parents say - "we did it because they dont know whats best for them"
    this incident is a just a culmination of that sense of control a human wants on another.

    it is really sad. as a race we humans are the worst of the lot. we proclaim ourselves gods whereas the reality is we are nothing but dirt

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    1. I agree with you on the point that controlling people is not good. But it's not exactly the same when we talk about parent - children relationship. It's a bit complex.

      Thanks for dropping by, Aparna.

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  15. There's a name for what we need in civilised countries. It's called the rule of law. If more of us are human, we can do it too.

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  16. India is a democratic and secular country. That's what the history book says, but is it really as democratic and secular as we thought? I guess not. was shocked to see those video footage of the woman MLA and her second husband getting beaten in such barbaric manner. Let's agree that she is at fault for bigamy, but it is for the court to decide its verdict on her. Not the hooligans who pushed their way into her private life and man-handled her and her husband in such a pathetic way. There is no place for basic humanity in this country.

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    1. That's exactly my point Neha. Thanks for reading & providing your valuable opinion.

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  17. Long way to go for India to become secular, democratic, developed etc etc, all the things we proclaim ourselves to be

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  18. The fact is every story has another part. I am from Assam and I actually know the situation quite better than the rest. There were grievances against the MLA, not only of remarriage but also of some other political and welfare issues. Yeah, it was not correct to interfere in their personal life but it is also true, whatever she has done till date surely calls for the fate which she has got now.

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    1. It's true that there is some provocation. But reason requires us not to give in to such provocation, rather resort to a lawful method of retaliation. Or else there'd be complete anarchy, since it is difficult to find anyone in our society who hasn't or will not ever indulge in some wrong or other.

      Thanks for reading Amlan.

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    2. even though it needs the husband to lodge a complaint but I ma sure police can do some sort of investigation , If it was here we would do some homework and take precautions, the police can be pro-active.

      Yeah this does not give any human to beat another human, no matter what the reason is ..

      as i mentioned earlier the MLA should have also thought of the consequences , she is a chosen figure

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  20. Thanks
    i guess thats how police works there then.

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  21. I dont live in india.. I work for british police so i know how things work here

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  22. That's really bad! But will our people ever change? Our country is in a position of denial and complete contradiction. They are something on the forefront and completely different on the inside.

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  23. These who so ever never come out during the time when they should arrive for instance same rage or whatever element of anger is in them can be shown during terrorist attack and show their patriotic nature towards the country, but sad part is they are using their energy in a place which is least needed.

    Why did they cause such havoc? In the name of Indian culture? So my basic clear cut question to them define Indian Culture? This is purely matter between 3 people. They are simply nothing but goons as u have already written. But will they change no, why? because they are so ignorant and intolerant. If someone tries digging out their life will anyone have the guts to stand there? I bet No.

    Just because she is a MLA these havoc. My God, She is a woman first and then whatever the tag she has. She can be punished for her acts if proved. Not to forget that man too. whatever the situation it is one should never forget the humanity.

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  24. There is a theory which I want to quote here:

    "To make a long line look smaller, one should draw a longer line next to it." This was proposed for development.

    But this has been in use recently for making One's own mistakes insignificant in comparison!

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  25. Well written post Anupam. You've highlighted a very dangerous evil in contemporary India. But the question is, is there anything we can do about it?

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  26. Liked the way you have vented on these anti socials :)

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  27. Good work Anupam.
    When a girl is eve-teased or molested nobody comes to intervene or rescue her but talk about love affairs or racial issues people are all EARS!

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