Thursday, November 20, 2014

Crook Rampal and his goons should be punished.

Recent drama which happened in Haryana during the process of following High court's order to arrest some self styled godman or baba called Rampal has raised some serious questions about some of these so called religious organizations and their work. This fellow Rampal and his supporters dared to stop entire police force from following the court order to arrest Rampal and present him in court as he failed to appear before court even after repeated summons issued on his name. The resistance shown by his supporters to stop his arrest was shocking, this was a blatant show of contempt for law. They clearly believed that their guru Rampal is someone above the law, they also expected state and law enforcement should treat him differently than they treat common people. This type of unreasonable expectation is not uncommon, in India politicians and their supporters expect this type of treatment and many times they get it. So it was not unreasonable that this baba or crook or murder accused (according to police records) who has couple of million followers to expect the same thing. This mentality is created and perpetrated by people in India, they think that politicians whom they support, so called babas or gurus of their sect, cult or religion all are above the law. They think that they all are special people who should be treated them differently no matter what crime or mistake they do.

This fellow Rampal and this incident is just an example of to what extent this human worship mentality can push people. People are willing to die to defend their idol (or god) who they think can do nothing wrong. This is worrisome as well as pathetic, I used to get angry on foolishness of these people but now I only feel pity on such people. Failure of government and administration to stop these type of incidents from happening is another serious issue here. Very often political parties and politicians make use of these babas and imams for their own political benefit. This nexus between politics and religion is beneficial for both, they try to help each other whenever possible. This nexus make both of them powerful and allows them to control people's mind. It is difficult to bring any law to stop such things, only proper education and mass awareness might put an end to such blind following but that is also not guaranteed. Educated people and people who claim to be intellectuals need to raise their voice strongly whenever they see anything like this happening, this will definitely put some pressure on administration to take prompt action. Everyone should be treated as equal in front of law, many common people suffer at the hands of the law just because they don't have proper knowledge or resourced to deal with the mess in which they land. But if it is the case of some celebrity, politician or some influential person (like Rampal) then things become altogether different, they make use of each and every loophole of law  and if required even their muscle power to escape or delay the punishment. If government claims that law is same for all then they really need to implement this policy. "Justice for all" and "every one is equal for law" slogans like this sound very nice and inspiring but there is no use of using them if they just remain slogans and don't become reality. I hope in future such incidents are avoided and no politician or any influential person is given any special treatment in front of law. This whole episode was very disgusting and if such things continue then there will be a serious threat to our institution of democracy and I don't think Indians want this to happen.

News reports say that at least six people died inside ashram during this whole stand off, this is very serious. If people died because they were held hostage and didn't receive proper medical treatment then this should be considered as a murder. This crook Rampal and his goons should be booked for obstructing the justice and murder of these innocents, no one involved in this incident should escape the clutches of law. Even people who made mistake of risking lives of their own children by bringing them to the site of conflict should be tried for negligent parenting. Strict action taken against all of them might stop others from repeating the same in future. If administration for any reason fails to take any strict action against people involved in this episode, including the police man who were involved in beating the journalists who were trying to cover this incident then it will set a bad precedent and encourage others to take the same path.

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