No reason for violence
As if it wasn’t shocking enough to hear that a group of agitating workers bludgeoned to death the chief executive (Lalit Kishore Chaudhury) of Graziano Trasmissioni, we had to hear that the government found “reasons” for it. This is what the union labour minister said:
India’s labour minister declined to criticize the attack, saying it “should serve as a warning for management…The workers should not be pushed so hard that they resort to whatever happened.”
The minister, Oscar Fernandes, was forced to express regret for his inhumane words, and he also said on live television that he didn’t mean it, that he was misquoted, that he wanted to put it all behind him. He shouldn’t be allowed to put it behind him. This is not a frivolous matter.
The minister epitomizes what is wrong with India today. The high tolerance for violence in our country. As far as they are concerned, violence is fine, as long as it is not at their own doorstep!
This incident reminded me of the murder of Robi Mitra, a senior executive in Oil India Limited two decades ago. During the height of the Assam agitation against “outsiders” an anonymous call lured him to the hospital to “look at some of the injured,” but a mob was waiting for him and stoned him to death. Luckily at the time the government took stringent action and soon after that Oil India was handed over to an army general.
Today the government has become weak. It’s not just the labour minister. Here is something that went unnoticed, an ugly little speech by Finance Minister P. Chidambaram in Kerala a few days ago. This gentleman said:
The alienation of the Muslim community in the country is taking educated Muslims towards the path of violence
Really? Alienation causes people to blow up innocent women and children? Murder babies and old people? Target injured people on their way to hospital?? Are we fools to believe this?
Not just that, Chidambaram hinted that soon the Christians would take the violent path!
There is the challenge of alienation of the Muslim community and more recently the Christian community…the hopelessness and despair of the Muslim community – and if not addressed firmly, the Christian tribal communities too – will rise new waves of terror…There is no other explanation for the phenomenon of graduates and engineers and doctors – born, educated and living in India – taking to the path of violence…
No other explanation? I find that hard to digest.
Why should anyone think that if people have been wronged, they will resort to killing innocent people? Is this normal? It isn’t about self-defence, it is not even about revenge, it’s about attacking and killing innocent people. Only criminals (and mentally unstable people) attack innocent people. They lack a conscience and do not or cannot distinguish friend from foe. They will kill anyone who comes in the way of their objective. Sure, they have a reason, just like a psychopath has a reason.
When dacoits attack and kill random people do we say that they have a “reason” to kill even if they are poor and marginalised? Do all poor and oppressed people resort to violence against innocent people?
We know they don’t and we have no reason to find anyone’s reasons for violence acceptable. Sure, they have reasons, everyone has a reason…but we need to reject those reasons.
I am sick and tired of “reasons” being people put forward for mindless violence, as if a “reason” is justification. Violence needs to be controlled by the police. The government should have zero tolerance level for violence.
The people who give justifications for criminal acts are either twisted themselves or are abdicating their responsibility. If “reasons’ are accepted as a justification for committing violence, that means violence will slowly become socially acceptable and the human race will start to regress to what it was in the stone age.
If anyone, absolutely anyone, bludgeons an unarmed man to death he is a criminal.
If anyone plants a bomb in a public place he is a mass killer.
If anyone blows up government installations he is to be treated as someone trying to destabilize the country…
Treat any “reason’ as venting or ranting. Reasons are not justifications. And if government officials offer “reasons” as justifications for violence in the country, they are have no place in the government.
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