Orwell’s 1984 is finally here...

The arrest of two young women for writing and liking innocent facebook comment on hate guru Bal Thackeray, a twitter comment by an ordinary man about the son of a Union minister, a cartoonist whose lines failed to amuse someone... got easily arrested and thrown behind jail walls. Outrage by civil society and by media in particular got them out within days but what about the countless voiceless people across the country whose cases fail to arouse the selective conscience of our civil society and choosy media. There must be thousands who are reeling under the thick batons of illiterate and vengeful law enforces. How many thousand Muslim youths, Dalits and adivasis are languishing in jails for mere suspicion or for no crime at all, only to propitiate the blood-thirsty occupying seats of power. Acquittal after acquittal has failed to move them and do something about the mountain of  injustice and discrimination heaped on a beleaguered community whose only fault is that it happens to be a minority in a country where the majority does not recognise any Lakshman rekha in the pursuit of its interests and lust for total control of resources and state powers. They are amassing ever-increasing powers in the name of security and fighting terror. Soon, apart from a very small crust, no one will be safe in the Orwellian state being constructed slowly by our rulers.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 December 2012 on page no. 1

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