Friday, November 25, 2005

Death in return for integrity

I find myself in agreement with Shivam on the issue of Manjunath's death:

Middle-class India shakes up the PMO when their ilk are taken hostage in a hijacked plane in Kabul. There is outrage amongst the middle class. But when an Indian “driver” gets abducted in Kabul…

There is no count about the number of people who have lost their lives in this country for being whistleblowers. It’s on page one only if the guy went to an IIT or an IIM.

I had expressed similar misgivings when Satyendra Dubey's case was made out to be special simply because he was an IIT graduate. Anyway, I dont think I can say it any better than how Shivam ends his post:

In death the value of your life depends on which college you went to, or what was your standing in the incestuous circles of power in South Delhi. In death, as in life, it is a sexy CV that counts.

If anything, I hope this phase of temporary collective catharsis (in the blogosphere & MSM) just doesnt fizzle out when the next scandal comes up.

3 Value-adds:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The main difference between US and India is the value of life. US as a country gives more importance to life and death, more than the affected family. Its the reverse in India. The country really doesnt care about deaths. May be coz of the population or the number of people who die everyday.

I am talking about common man here.


November 28, 2005 1:08 AM  
Blogger eV said...

Prabhu, I'm guessing its not just that. Read this.

December 03, 2005 10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whats you take on 1975 Emergency or say a Military coup?


December 05, 2005 1:01 AM  

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