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Reflections on Reality!

Demands – Wanna be alive!

Election campaigns do the round through the city. They call it as my privilege to vote. They term it’s my right. Every common man I meet, has only one question to ask. What is the point? Who will turn out to be different?

Every single day Bangalore newspapers are filled with murders, rapes, robbery and harassment. No..you got me wrong if you imagined it is the old fashioned way – when there happens one murder somewhere and for a week you read about it as a TV serial. Now each day dawns with a fresh crime and by the next day this particular one is gone and forgotten. And murders are no longer out in the dark. Most are stabbed right in the middle of the road in daylight or in their own houses.

I might question the police here. I heard that there aren’t enough police force considering the population of the city, but I see them swarming in like bees when people with the tag VIP make the rounds. But before I put the blame on them there is this great law enforcement or do I term it loose law enforcement by our honorable President I want to talk about.

With crime rates soaring in the city, we now have to welcome a new law. Unless and until a person’s crime deserves 7 years of imprisonment as per law, he cannot be arrested. In short, a major holiday for all law enforcement forces out there has been granted. Let people steal, harass, rape or do whatever they want, till the imprisonment is for a term of 7 years.  Either ways our law was hilarious! as far as I could remember the misconduct of a drunken person in public deserves only “24 hours in prison and a fee of 10 rs!!”.  Thanks to the new law now crime would be a waltz for people out there. With all the murders waiting to be solved there was this blogger arrested for having created a community against a party who came to fame through their atrocities alone. So again freedom of press has become a crime more grave than stabbing. Oh I forget I guess we can zero it down as the importance is not anymore is who does what..it all depends on ‘whom’ it is done to.

Will I be arrested if I very respectfully ask our dear President, what with this new law, how is she expecting the common middle class to survive? All I ask for is her to walk the roads of this city with us for one day and tell us how this new law would help anyone but criminals.

Mail forwards flood my inbox with the ‘crime history’ of almost all in the parliament. Not that I believed it then but with the entry of some who have traded the country’s emotion now standing for elections I guess I should start believing them.  (Why aren’t we demanding people with spotless records to serve us?)And considering this, I should not be alarmed that no one is bothered with the new law that might change the face of crime.

Happy women’s day to all you women outside this city. As for within this city, girls – be busy with pepper sprays, kick boxing and self defense techniques, there isn’t much time for you to celebrate womanhood and all. Be glad to be alive and to have been spared today and be aware tomorrow can be your turn.

It is my privilege, they say to go and vote for people who have criminal records to boast of, to help people get into crime.  Many of us would be familiar with the old movie concept of public demands of water, roads, facilities to those who stand for election. The endless bed of roses they promise. Recently in paper there was one board a girl was holding..just one question to those whom we painfully elect and allow to rule us – “Will I be ALIVE till the next election?”

 

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March 8, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , ,

28 Comments »

  1. Very true..the jagore ad concentrates only on the voters side.Why don’t they do a movement to cleanse politics,wats the point in choosing the least harmful crook in the bunch. The EC has done a wonderful addition, folks who dont wanna vote can give it in writing…wah wah..that wud be the last letter I write then :)..why cant they bring in no vote as an option in the EVMs. Rather than going to polling booth,writing a no vote letter and getting beaten up[or worse] than our political goons I’d prefer stay at home n enjoy the one day off.

    Comment by nautankey | March 8, 2009 | Reply

  2. Wow this is thought provoking. Actually I find the current generation is ready to commit to issues. That is so good.

    Comment by Ava | March 9, 2009 | Reply

  3. Sensitive, but this is doom~o~crazy dear and you are not supposed to ask such questions here. See I asked my girl not to wear half-sleeves while going out in the streets of Bnagalore because I am in Pune and I don’t have enough power and money to stop all this from here and those who are having this power are busy arresting the bloggers 😀
    This is Kaliyug and now I have to be the “kalki” avtaar 😀 😀

    Comment by tarun goel | March 9, 2009 | Reply

  4. A riveting post, ma’am… Very. Makes one think.

    One question – the supposedly insufficient police start teeming around like a hill of ants come elections. How?

    Period.

    Oh, Prez Patil? Don’t you know? She thinks she is a “he” now. 😛 😀 No offence. Huh!

    Viva womanhood…

    Peace. Be well.


    Blog updated (saying it here ‘cos many blogrolls aren’t getting updated and I hate it! This is the second time am facing this issue.) And do go thru the second post, too. 🙂 Remember u had tagged me once-upon-a-time? Quirky Tag..? Well, I incorporated my quirks in the second post I just mentioned.

    Trust all is well.

    Peace. Have a nice day.

    Comment by Kartz | March 9, 2009 | Reply

  5. Hmmmm thought provoking post…

    These are the same ques that I keep asking myself…shud vote so that we can question but to vote for these idiots???

    😦

    Comment by Smita | March 9, 2009 | Reply

  6. very well written .. All the politicians seem to be the same ..just make empty promises before coming to power .. all gets forgotten once they get appointed

    Comment by bedazzled | March 9, 2009 | Reply

  7. “Unless and until a person’s crime deserves 7 years of imprisonment as per law, he cannot be arrested.”

    My jaw is dropping at the absurdity that such a law could have been passed and ratified. I’ve never heard of such a thing!

    And you are right to fear for the middle class. What defenses can the middle class have, short of toting weapons? Can killing or maiming someone in self defense deserve 7 years in jail? If so, then you have a dilemma.

    Is everyone apathetic to this law? No vehement opposition? I’m a stranger to Indian politics; that’s why I just want to understand how a law like this can actually be in existence.

    Philippine politics is also very dirty and corruption is the norm. But I have never encountered a law so blatantly dangerous for its citizenry.

    Sorry, Verby, I might have read this wrongly. There may be a lot of nuances I don’t know about. Just letting you know that to an outsider, this is just unbelievable.

    Comment by Johanna | March 9, 2009 | Reply

  8. very true! i didnt understand the law either. i mean.. who d hell is she trying to impress? the rapists and murderers and thievs? oh.. but i guess she has now gotten the right idea about the country’s status- the country has more of them than the ones who need saving! i guess she is favoring the majority population- filled with the ‘bad guys’. well, i used to be one among who used to want to stay back in the country and live here itself, but seeing the country’s status, i have started to think that i was at some level, wrong. i really hope, some day, when she loses her position, when she comes down to earth and starts walking on roads like a human being again, she gets mugged or raped or murdered on the roads like so many other middle-class women, by her own stupid law-users.

    Comment by av | March 9, 2009 | Reply

  9. Ah yes… Regarding what you said – Blogger does have such *quirks* 😉 I face those problems when I visit other blogs… Pity my blog wasn’t spared wither. 😦

    And tht reminds me of the quirk tag. 😛 Go here Not exactly quirks… But ul find the odd one there. 😀

    Peace.

    Comment by Kartz | March 9, 2009 | Reply

  10. Everyones already written what I had in mind- thougt provoking and blah blah. If it was someone else’ blog, I wouldve written a comment that made sense. Since its yours, im thinking !!!……im still thinking……..hmmm…still thinking… 😀

    Comment by vimal | March 9, 2009 | Reply

  11. hmmm…..title says a lot too!!!politics/elections – i should say that i am a bad citizen may be coz i vote but dont expect nything good
    how r u?

    Comment by Sahaja | March 10, 2009 | Reply

  12. Yes. The scales of law are tilting…in favour of the perpetrators. I am beginning to believe that if a blogger writes against the powers that be, they may be “dealt with” on the streets…god forbid if he succumbs to the assault, the police will register a case of “pesticide”!

    Comment by Gopinath Mavinkurve | March 10, 2009 | Reply

  13. I’m rather surprised to read of such a law verbivore, not knowing Indian politics, I’m wondering what is the reasoning behind the enactment of this law? Is your Police force understaffed, are your gaols overcrowded, your Courts maybe overworked? I think the sooner they rescind this law the better,it certainly doesn’t make sense to me.

    Comment by Beagle | March 10, 2009 | Reply

  14. I like that new jaagore ad, where he interviews a politician about his education and his work experience. The trouble with the speaking out or doing anything strongly is that we get branded as naxalites or anti-government thugs – that’s how deep the frikkin corruption is rooted… 😦

    Comment by Nikhil | March 11, 2009 | Reply

  15. Resenting and feeling helpless is all I ‘ve been doing when it comes to the issue of politics. Is being a responsible citizen the only option left to comfort ourselves??Sigh 😦

    Good post Verbi!And a very happy Women’s day to you too 🙂

    Comment by Shayari | March 12, 2009 | Reply

  16. great post Verbi!!!
    Very true.. but I can say our system is completely rotten.. it’s all money.. it’s corrupted.. if at all you have any friend in government offices.. just ask them how it is running.. you wil be shocked..

    Comment by kanagu | March 12, 2009 | Reply

  17. And belated happy women’s day wishes to you 🙂

    Comment by kanagu | March 12, 2009 | Reply

  18. @nautankey – cleansing the politics!! mission IMpossible!
    bt if u have a whole gang for the writing thing..it would have been gr8 🙂 yeah the beating is a probs ;P

    @AVA – We r forced to. In a metro city if u r walking with constant fear..ur left with no choice i guess

    @Tarun – Now they r busy arresting party goers, rave parties..u name it..except murderers & goons ;P

    @Kartz – yeah..they team up wherever money is there..it is we who need to understand..aftr all bees swarm only where honey is there! 🙂

    Comment by verbivorehere | March 13, 2009 | Reply

  19. @Smita – yeah vote for them..and fear to live..the former is a varying element and the latter a constant one

    @bedazzled – thanks! cant agree better.

    @Johanna – it is true unfortunately!! and if u look at ths
    system of ours it is hilariously pathetic. More than one third of the respected members of our parliament have criminal records..thn who would want to oppose the rule!

    @AV – maybe shes trying to cleanse the politics the other way round..with ths law none can be arrested so none would have criminal records.

    Comment by verbivorehere | March 13, 2009 | Reply

  20. Very true! Totally agree…you actually don’t know if you will be alive till next elections.

    Comment by Kanupriya | March 23, 2009 | Reply

    • @kanupriya – yeah demands of the voters have become the bare minimal!

      Comment by verbivorehere | March 31, 2009 | Reply

  21. Hi, Verby! I’ve been enjoying your blog for sometime now; so I decided to pass this award on to you. Hey, your second, I believe! Congratulations!

    Please see it at: http://josbookshelf.wordpress.com/2009/03/28/im-flattered-pink-with-a-splash-award/

    Keep churning out those interesting features.

    Comment by Johanna | March 29, 2009 | Reply

    • @johanna – Thank you sooo much! Im truly flattered 🙂

      Comment by verbivorehere | March 31, 2009 | Reply

  22. Hey Verby, that’s a thought-provoking post. I cringe when I hear the custodians of our democracy talk about their paarty’s many-phesto and such crap. The Varun Gandhi fiasco (or should I say calculated risk?) proves that there’s no guarantee that young politicians are any different!

    By the way, do you live in Mumbai? If yes, do check out Aakar Patel’s column ‘Poll Dance’ in the Mumbai mirror. It’s a hilarious take on the murky business of politics in the time of elections.
    Oh and thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

    Comment by Thought Bubbles | March 31, 2009 | Reply

  23. where r u??

    Comment by Sahaja | April 3, 2009 | Reply

    • LOL, im here..just gt a block 🙂 will get back very soon

      Comment by verbivorehere | April 4, 2009 | Reply

  24. My right to vote…It’s a joke. If we dont vote who will?? Therefore the right…out of complusion. The fact that someone gets elected is only a reaction to this action.

    Yet..Ill vote with this thouht…wot the hell..let’s see how long it takes for that INK that put on the finger takes to rub out all together..

    Comment by Anand | April 4, 2009 | Reply

  25. @ vimal – see since it was ur comment..i thought so long..to reply & infact..even Im still thinking ;P

    @Gopinath..yeah everything has toppled upside down i believe.

    @Nikhil, i really wish we had a say in such matters no matter how we get branded..this is like dictatorship..more pathetic..we chose our dictators

    @Shayari – I guess as responsible citizens we should be able to awaken ourselves..rather than lull to sleep infront of the attrocities around.

    @kanagu – yeah actuallt we neednt seek friends in the govt the faces that extract money from us tells us exactly what is happening.

    @thought bubbles – thanks for steing by.. i used to live in Mumbai but now..no 😦 but i guess i can google it all the same 🙂 thanks

    @Anand – now that ink is like a mark of shame! to remind that i hav playd a part n teh corruption!

    Comment by verbivorehere | April 20, 2009 | Reply


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