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Police Sucks !!!

Pictue this: You visit  Bokaro (Jharkand) for your friends wedding. Check into a hotel and the next morning looses your diamond studded mangal sutra. The guy who stole is caught red handed. But refuses to handover the jewelery. Police arrives and in the next three days, endless trips are made to the police station. At the end you get back empty handed even after the confession of the culprit even when he was still with the police.

Strange !!! This is something that happened to my friend Jayta and Devang Mehta. Devang with his family was on a trip to Bokaro for a friends marriage which literally turned nightmare for them in all possible ways. His wife lost her diamond mangla sutra from the hotel room, little did she know that this incident will probably change all her perceptions about the administrative set of the state. Jayta did manage to find the culprit and after some harsh action the 15 yr boy who worked as sweeper in the hotel did confess his crime. Till here, everything seemed alright. But the whole seen changed when the police arrived for investigation. The boy was taken into remand.  What followed was total inefficiency and corruption beyond imagination. For the next three days Devang visited the police station (sector 4 ) and only managed to receive big statements on why there cant be any action taken against the thief. He was a minor, was the call. What further made things worse was when the police brigade asked for a share he would give in return for the diamond necklace. Oh well, the mangal sutra was never to be returned. It was a racket, which probably involved the 15yr old thief, to the hotel manager to the police. Everyone wanted to have a share of the price that would be receive once the necklace is sold out. Surely, not everyday people can put their hands on to something worth 60k. That is indeed a fortune for anyone.

Jayta and Devang with their three yrs old daughter left Bokaro after three days, feeling absolutely miserable. A trip to their best friend wedding which was to be memorable account turned into a nightmare in more ways than one. Perhaps something which will hunt them forever.Today when they sit and think back about the whole incident, Jayata feels pines for her mangal sutra. After all it was her wedding gift !! It was priceless !! But what probably hurt them more is what followed. In this whole episode probably the biggest mistake was made by Devang. Yeah, because he choose to go the righteous way. He choose to seek administrative help and call the police. He believed what he couldnt do, the police would. He believed he was safe in their hands. Jayta did loose her priceless mangal sutra  but what they lost more was the faith they have in the administration. The fact that being  Indian citizens they are safe and secured went in vein. And what they were left was with a bad taste in mouth. And all they could say ” Bihar police sucks” !!!

The incident may not be one of those incidents involving the police which would have priority. It would definitely not be in headlines. May be because this is one of those petty errors in the part of the Indian police which doesn’t have any significance. But what it damaged was the faith we common man have in them. And as I close this post all I am left pondering….. Who next, who will be mere puppets in the hand of our very own police brigade? Whom to turn to when we are unsafe with the people who are supposed to be the custodians of our safety. Unfortunately I don’t have any answer. Do you ???

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One of the most talked about videos of Indian television this year was undoubtedly the revised version of “mile sur mera tumhara”, now renamed as “phir mile sur mera tumhara”.  Like many I too was waiting for this and it finally arrived on 61st republic day. Came with it some good old memories of late 80s when this music video was first released in DD. For all those who grew up in that era this beautiful song was a part of their lives. Needless to say it touched us deep inside. The aura was inexplicable and the impact was unprecedented. So much so, that even after nearly two decades this song lies fresh in every ones mind and can be easily hummed along. As Salman Khan rightly puts it,” this song was almost like a second national anthem.”

Cut to 2010. “Phir mile sur” was revealed worldwide on Zoom TV  on the 26th January. Taking us down the memory lane, it was  refreshing, but disappointingly not as much as the previous one. It was nostalgic but failed to create the ripples it did twenty years back. The music was good, the marketing was even better. Each artiste speaks of a cause and the video is shot at places which have historic value and significance. But what went missing was a complete participation of India. It was predominantly the bollywood way of things. Out of 65 celebrities, most of them were from our very good old film industry. Which does make me think, what wrong did people like Sachin Tendulkar and Leander Pace do , not get featured in this prestigious promotion. I wonder if people like Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Pudukone who have barely been around, can make it, why cant we have some eminent sportsmen or  price winning literary personalities featured? What about people like APJ Abdul Kalam and olympian Raghavendra Rathode who have made us proud in all possible ways!  Well, there is no answer to these questions. The overdose of bollywood is obvious and sadly the makers of this video believed that presence of the Bachchan clan and the Khans have  huge impact on the audience more than anything and anyone.

The music was definitely good. Both vocal and instrumental renditions were impressive. A blend of classical and modern music does manage to create the magic. But at the sometime can’t deny the fact the older version is a cult classic.. It was soulful, it was melodious. It touched your soul and  above all it made you feel proud- proud to an  Indian. Patriotism was subtle but well defined. This time,  good effort though, but could have been much better with some intelligent choice of faces. Nevertheless, always a treat to have “mile sur…” back with us…..if not as glorifying video, but definitely a melodious musical number.

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 The current racism row in Australia has left me numb. It is not an attack on an individual but on a nation as the whole, raising a host of unanswered questions regarding the plight of Indians abroad. According to me, racial abuse is by far the most gruesome assault on anyone.The bruises are more psychological than physical, and the scars on the soul gives rise to core fundamental questions which are sometime difficult to answer and sometimes simply unanswerable. Racist abuses also makes us realise the extent of racial practices in so called developed nations and how vulnerable we are to such situations. Racism is more of an age old phenomenon which we have not been able to come out of. At an age where we talk about globalisation and work towards mutual admiration between nations, a racist attack certainly needs our attention and a possible solution too.

 

But what exactly is racism and why we have not been able to pull out ourselves from its clutches, is something we need to ponder upon more seriously !!! Racism has its roots in the belief that some people are superior because they belong to a particular race or an ethnic group.The concept of race lies in its social construction, and I believe it is nothing individualistic.Racist individuals perceive things on some common differences which are on the lines of customs, values, religion, physical appearance,languages and ways of living. In short, racial separatism is a belief that people of different races should remain segregated and stay apart from each other, a social formula since the existence of mankind.

 

Racism in India if not rampant, is very much part of the society.We have always talked about our linguistics and cultural diversities.But I am afraid how far we actually enjoyed it .. Perhaps, it is something that has become very much a part of our daily lives and thus on many accounts go unnoticed. A disturbing fact indeed !!! People from north east are often referred as ‘chinky’ or ‘chinese’ or ‘japanese’. Many forums have voiced there opinion on this. http://www.ndtv.com/news/india/questioning_racism_in_india.php  There have been discussions against racism and casteism clubbed together in India.Caste based abuses are also not isolated cases and have managed to gather some attention from different spheres. As says dalit ideologue and writer Chandrabhan Prasad. “Caste and race are not the same, but their implications are same — discrimination on the basis of one’s birth.”  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Deep-Focus/Caste-Racism-in-all-butname/articleshow/4449716.cms  Racism needs to be stopped but first within our on land, if we want to take a call on the atrocities outside the country. I guess its high time that we stand up and fight against the indignities and derogatory remarks thrown at people in every sphere of life. Let us try to seek and give honour to people irrespective of their colour or caste. An incident in Australia or America have many takers.But unfortunately there very few voices raised for such issues within the country. Anyone who is a victim of such abuses are entitled for justice and I strongly feel that we should have stringent law to fight it.. I strongly feel, our faith in our so called unity and diversity demands a little more tolerance and understanding, thus making it possible to have a possible solution to the problem.

 

To me racism is an evil that affects everyone. It damages the morale of the communities by limiting the contributions of its members and disrupts peaceful co-existence of groups. It damages individuals by destroying self-confidence and preventing them from achieving anything to their potential. It is particularly damaging for children as it hampers their thought process. The consequences of racism is never ever good and is always detrimental.It only ends up in social injustice, a less productive economy, a divided community and a destroyed nation on the whole. .

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