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When we were studying Political Science, the Executive, the Legislature and an independent Judiciary had well established roles as per the Constitution of India which is one of the most comprehensive and democratic of its kind. But what can even the best document do when the humans who are its custodians are gradually stripped of their personal value systems and principles?

A country is as good as its people. So, a country is all about what its people are and what the people are or become depends on the quality of people who govern the country. Discipline and setting trends is definitely the responsibility of those who govern.

Democracy stands on the pillars of responsibility and accountability. We have seen massive erosion in both over the last few years. The media is crying foul on real life rape cases happening in some states. They are heinous and unpardonable crimes tantamount to violent abuse and therefore, intolerable. The callous and casual statements from those in power positions are not only deplorable but evidence of their attitudes towards women in general.

But, is this the only rape happening in our society? Aren’t we also guilty of the most terrible mental and emotional rape? In fact, the whole humanity needs major reforms for any other reforms, whether electoral, labor or any other kind, to succeed in the wider spectrum of the word “success” which should incorporate , above all, success based on human and spiritual principles. We tend to ignore this most important foundation for all action.

It has been the degeneration of the moral fiber of the few at the top that has forced the common man to be dishonest to survive in a corrupt system. I am not condoning this for a moment, but survival issues have rendered honesty very helpless. We know that for any nation to find its place in the sun, first, the ethical and moral benchmark of each individual is imperative. Where custodians of law become perpetrators of crime, there has to be an initiation of human reforms through a strict code of discipline.

It is pathetic that people from all professions have been indicted for rape, corruption, scams, obscenity in speech and criminal activities and an obvious conclusion, therefore, is that they cannot be role models by any stretch of imagination. Of more crucial importance is the fact that indictment and reforms need to go hand in hand to create a cleaner environment for rapid development. The impression of an attractive window dressing is short lived if not backed by a credible and superior product line. Similarly, we cannot sweep these issues under an expensive carpet anymore.

I return to the subject of the mental, emotional and physical rape of the woman. So many women are still living under these conditions due to a lack of empowerment, as second and third class members and often, without being given a class even. The cases of rape that find a place in media reporting don’t even constitute the icing on the cake. There are husbands raping wives, family members molesting their own younger family members. There is a rape of the very core of each person who resorts to these inhuman crimes. Are these depraved minds or minds deprived of spirituality and distorted out of recognition? Are these people who have either not been taught to love and respect or have lost faith in the human touch, a heart connection?

Whatever the case, the bottom line is, this cannot carry on and change through reforms and stringent measures against defaulters are imperative. Every woman needs to be given back her right to be respected and cared for as much as she is expected to care for her family and colleagues at the workplace. She needs to be given her right to information, education, equality and equality of opportunity. And if this is violated, she should have an effective recourse to justice.

Surekha Kothari


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As the Election fever escalates, the drama gets more and more bizarre. Gone are the days when “rising” and “ascending” meant personal motivation to increase the personal benchmark each day, based on “uplifting” the value based standards of oneself.  I am always reminded of the exercise we did about making a short line into a longer one without touching the line. We were so excited and inspired when we got the right answer which was, that all we needed to do was to draw a bigger line next to it. So simple and so uplifting! But, hey, just try saying this to the warring politicians of today!

Let us examine this in the present context. Do we perceive Shri Arvind Kejriwal trying to “draw the bigger line” in Varanasi to cut down Shri Narendra Modi? Or, do we see Shri Rahul Gandhi trying to resurrect his party from the ashes by looming large with dramatic and desperate announcements of reforms through advertisements on TV Channels and calling it drawing the bigger line? In fact, is UPA using AAP as a front to acquire a so called “clean image” and thus, attempting to disguise their desperation for return by “cutting down” the Shri Narendra Modi line because at this time, whatever they do, the last thing on their mind is to draw the bigger line in favor of progress which they have failed to achieve, given their long run at the centre.

The defiant reaction of all the non BJP parties is not so surprising because the writing on the wall is that every thinking individual in India is banking on the surmise that the coming in of Shri Narendra Modi means a chance and a new hope at actual governance. This one point has shaken up most of the politicians, sadly, even some within BJP. Shri Arvind Kejriwal is only trying to topple Shri Narendra Modi because the perception of Shri Narendra Modi and even some endorsement of him as “incorruptible” is an image the corrupt politicians cannot afford to and will not live with. However “well meaning” Shri Arvind Kejriwal may be towards the “aam aadmi”, there is something to be said about political maturity. Governance is serious business and grabbing eyeballs with high voltage drama may not be constructive for any party at this juncture. Neither will preying on the emotions of people bring in the much required change. It becomes necessary to construct a dam when the waters deviate from their course and start to cause destruction.

If BJP members are genuine about restoring the glory of India, they will show a solidarity and faith and allow Shri Narendra Modi, the Prime Ministerial candidate chosen by most of them for a good reason, to prove himself with the total support of his party. This sounds utopian at the moment because, unfortunately, personal gains override the total interest of the country.

Wisdom lies in understanding that if the country prospers, so will its citizens. An ushering in of “Ram Rajya” cannot be given the myopic connotation of radicalism among Hindus. “Ram Rajya’ only means genuine secularism, equality for all, harmonious living among different religions based on of, for and by all religions, ensuring peace and prosperity for all and working to raise the economic and social standards of the grass roots of this wonderful country called India.

Time is right for a massive change and I would like to believe that just as Lord Krishna allowed only one hundred sins to Shishupal before destroying him, the current “amrit manthan”, the churning and awareness will commence the process of complete transformation. People are fed up with non-performance, greed, lack of justice and equality and living under unpredictable and fluctuating social and economic conditions. There is desperation to see concrete proof of prosperity and an equitable distribution of wealth along with human dignity for every citizen regardless of the work profile and economic status.

If my words are idealistic, the good news is that today’s idealism was the reality earlier in time. There is an element of confidence, therefore, that those times will return and it is people themselves who will bring them back. The intolerance towards the current state of affairs is complete. Beyond the denseness of this darkness, there can only be light.

The obvious and common thought pattern at this time should be, have war and terrorism, degeneration of the mind and selfishness and greed created the wealth of happiness for anyone?  Today, in the world, there is only fear and all the emotions like anxiety, anger, hatred and intolerance sprouting from fear. Let us try love for a change. We just may be surprised at what love can do for the individual, families, societies, countries, in fact, the whole world.

Surekha Kothari

BodyMindSoulCentre, Chennai

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