Activism in third world countries

Activism in student community has always been a source of pride and an indicator of health of a nation. In recent months, there have been many protests staged in African nations on political issues. Activism in India, at least the productive kind, the kind on the rise, is of social kind: to just wrongs too long ignored by a government more interested in buying votes by religious politics and reservations, than in getting free ones by doing something right. Even with large protests, the idea seems to be to give an illusion of activity rather than achievement: by hijacking tv crew’s attention with angry gimmicks, issuing non-stop statements (sometimes without even checking for political correctness) and advising better bolts and locks rather than catching thieves. The governing body seems to have  forgotten its role and taken itself for a moral science cum common sense teacher. All of us know to avoid isolated places and to lock doors at night. Maybe, someone should be concerned with arresting criminals and bringing them to justice.

The idea that a rapist who help torture a woman to death might escape with as little as five years is repugnant to say the least, unjust and downright criminal to say the appropriate thing. Being underage is not a Hail-Mary pass to commit heinous crimes. While I am not saying hang them (not that I don’t want to), I am saying that they should be incarcerated for life to make this country and in fact these parts, a little safer for innocent, hopeful young women who have dreams of a full-live with happily ever after endings and a desire to make a difference in some way other than to be the victims who bring the pathetic state of law and order in the country to limelight.

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