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While traitors are unhanged, monks suffer

Francois Gautier
New Indian Express
April 26, 2009

When Alan Paton wrote Cry The Beloved Country he was lamenting how the whites could devise, construct and implement race and colourbased social and economic injustices over the blacks in apartheidera South Africa. ‘Cry O my Beloved India’ could be very well applied to our politics, for things have gone to such a pitch of unfair, blatant and outrageousness that it baffles the mind. Yet neither the politicians, nor most of the press find anything wrong in it. Just a few examples: Varun Gandhi spent nearly three weeks in jail under the NSA, just because he said something that might be reprehensible.

But many mullahs spew fire and venom in their Friday discourse in numerous mosques in India — and none ever gets arrested, because riots would erupt immediately.

Sadhvi Pragnya, a Hindu woman monk, has been languishing in jail for months, even though no conclusive proof has been brought forward of her direct involvement in the Malegaon blasts case…

THE KAFKAIAN STREAK OF INDIAN POLITICS

Kafka (1852–1931), was a Czech writer, most famous for his novels, the Trial, and the Metamorphosis, where the Absurd, the Grotesque and the Illogical were given a new life with impossible twists. The word ‘Kafkaian’ has today transcended the literary realm and is pertaining to real-life occurrences and situations that are incomprehensibly complex, bizarre, illogical, often with a sense of impending danger. The term ‘Kafkaian’ could be very well applied to today’s politics in India, for things have gone to such a pitch of absurd, unfair, blatant and outrageous illogical state, that it baffles the mind. Yet neither the politicians, nor most of the press find anything wrong in it.
Just a few examples:
Varun Gandhi spent nearly three weeks in jail under the NSA, just because he said something which might be reprehensible. But many mullahs spew fire and venom in their Friday discourse in numerous mosques in India – and none ever gets arrested, because riots would erupt immediately. Sadhvi P…