“I’m bored!” is not a cry we hear often nowadays. Every effort has been made by shrewd marketeers and technologists to see that not a moment of monotony and dullness creeps into the waking hours of our youngsters and also ourselves. Instant gratification is available at the click of a finger, through the phone, watch, laptop and other available gadgets.
I believe it is this need to be instantly satisfied that is slowly stopping us from understanding the repercussions of foolhardy speedy fulfillment!
I also believe it is this need to be gratified immediately that is allowing our leaders to get away with outrageous laws, which we ‘instant gratifiers’ don’t have the time or inclination to look deep into!
How quickly, the vigils, the protests, agitations, demonstrations, marches and anger disappeared as soon as the four rapists were shot dead!
But did you the concerned, stop to think that the real culprits; your protectors, who are never there to protect, your political leaders, who are as involved in sexual crimes as the assaulters, your men whose wrong thinking of themselves as the superior gender, are all at large?
Have you, who have been satisfied by those four bullets, or knowing the skill of our policemen, fifty bullets, realize that you have been popped a soother, a pacifier into your mouth, which is what instant gratification is all about.
Yes, the law takes a long time to act, but in the process, we get to the root of a crime. Through a justice system that we think is endless and dreary, we may at the end find that the police, just to close the case, and go about their business of pleasing their bosses and wallets, or who needed to get away from spending their time in the drudgery of detective work arrested a conveniently available four innocent men.
And maybe, just maybe, four rapists, the real ones, still roam free!
So it is with the contentious Citizens Amendment Bill (CAB ). This is not just about majorities and minorities, nor only about refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Take your ear plugs off and let me explain: This is about fiddling with a Constitution which till today, allowed anyone of any kind to live in this country, but with this new discrimination, could well begin the process of, “If you don’t think like me, don’t live here with me!”
Which my dear friend, before you put your ear plugs on again, could be you who thinks different, me who decides to act different and anyone who decides not to be a Cloned Citizen of this Country!
Instant justice, immediate gratification, may look after your pressing need for appeasement but, spells disaster in the long run.
Throw away those ear plugs before it’s too late, or you’ll soon be really ‘bored’ cooling your heels in detention camps already being built for those who are different..!(Published on 16th December 2019, Volume XXXI, Issue 51)