Will Advani Serve?

It takes 13 years to imagine justice!

The most tragically inhuman day crafted in the post-British India was felt on the December 6th 1992. The most dastardly acts of religious dogmatism felt victorious on this day. Babri Masjid was demolished officially, with the help of the rightist Hindu fanatics at the State and the Center.

Far from being ashamed, the involved politicians rejoiced. They even mocked. One of them, MM Joshi resigned from his post after a court verdict, since he had earlier made a plumb remark that all those who the court will name must relinquish from post. But another of them, AB Vajpayee after returning from a foreign tour, rejected the resignation! No problem, the politicians must have thought: after all, we rule, and so we throw rocks.

I do not know how many more years will it take to get justice.

But it began today with a Allahabad High Court order clearly charging LK Advani along with five criminal revision petitioners Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, Vinay Katiyar, Ashok Singhal, Acharya Giriraj Kishore, Vishnu Hari Dalmiya and Sadhvi Ritambhara. They will be charged and tried for the offences under Section 149 and sub-section (1) of 505 of IPC ready with Section 149. Well, the section 149 of the Indian Penal Code deals with intention to provoke people for rioting, arson and indulging in rioting with intention to create disorder, while sub-section (1) of 505 deals with delivering fiery speeches which will hurt religious feelings and create discord among different communities.

One wonders why does it take so long a time to persecute people charged with serious crimes such as inciting religious passions to disrupt and destroy lives. At least why 13 years?

Religious sentiments are passion plays which are manipulated to result in violence instantaneously and after the steam is off, the public does not indulge in discourses any longer. The issue becomes of a national shame, racial crime, communal violence. The individuals become blurred. While discharging Advani the Court had earlier commented that “Only suspicion has been raised to implicate Advani.” And with time, suspicions too pass.

Just hoping this time instead of passing out, they get validated.

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Author: Saswat Pattanayak

Journalist, Generalist, Atheist, Poet, Lover, Photographer, Communist, Third wave Feminist, LGBT ally, Black power comrade, Peacenik, Anti-capitalist, Critical media theorist, Radical film critic, Academic non-elite…

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