On its part, the UPA has proved incapable of connecting with the people, let alone dealing with the demands of 24x7 television and social media. That disconnect could stem from the peculiar way authority is structured in the UPA. The government leaves it to the party’s top leadership, the rest of the party also awaits their cue, cautious about even the most natural gestures like expressing compassion and fellow-feeling. It misses every opportunity to make a symbolic point. The Delhi chief minister, the home minister and other senior ministers took to TV to make their point, as did the prime minister, if belatedly and uncomfortably. The Congress president spoke to the crowd outside her home. It was clear that the public outreach was reluctant, however, and this failure to master the art of agile communication will probably cost the UPA.
Yet, on the day after the death of a Delhi policeman, civil society and the media must also acknowledge the limits of a frenzied, go-for-broke agitation. The problem of sexual violence needs comprehensive redress. That cause is certainly not served by an aloof state.
It is also undermined by an impatient and immoderate media and civil society.
One should view this context a opportunity to demand a more secure environment for women.All India is unanimously supporting the cause . One should not be taken with surprise on demand of 'Instant Justice' in the backdrop of lethargic,unresponsive and extremely slow justice system.
The editorial tries to be oversmart by linking the agitations over the rape and over the Lokpal Bill. Since the Lokpal Bill was to establish a new entity and to modify the role of a few institutions, the deliberations could be expected to take time. In the case of women security, the protests were to highlight the collapse of law & order and to highlight a basic human right issue. In any case, the lack of security is not a overnight phenomenon - only the protest is ! So, the administrators deserve no laxity - hope IE learns to send the right message to them else, the readers will vote with their feet.
I think the editorial glosses over the role of the insensitivity of the Government, in particular the PM and HM, in responding to the situation at its start and thus resulting in rising anger and therefore demand for "instant-justice". The protesters' demands should be viewed in the backdrop of knowing the taxing demands of getting legal redress and the "escape" routes which the lawyer's use to deny and/or delay justice .
When Doordarshan was the only TV channel in India, almost all newspapers used to take stock of the weekly coverage and pointed what was good and what was bad in the programmes. the idea was to improve the content of the programmes. Likewise the print media should start special columns from experts to cover present day private TV channels. In this way the credibility of media ( Print electronic) may be protected to some extent. Otherwise the halfbaked anchors of most TV channel will lead society in the wrong direction.
There can be no denying that the rape victim had undergone unspeakably horrendous experience. BUT, once the case is cracked, the civil society has to give way to Judicial process. Leglating bodies should look into the efficay of the laws.That is where the major problem lies. Parliament does not have a connect with the aspiration of people who elected them. (All MPs seem to be busy testing if they could be re-elected! As a result of OVER-CENTRALIZATION of power in all political parties, I am tempted to conclude that parliament as it is today has lost the ability to represent people's aspiration. If people intend to get anything right, they need to agitate - there is no other way. INJECTING A SUBSTANTIAL DOSE OF FEDERALISM is the need of the hour. Parliament should have lordship only over the national issues. It should not have any power whatsoever to legislate on local administration issues. The civil admtration should be left to local govts. That will help people to have control.
congress goverment has shown they dam care the anger of people though that is ganuine one in there view too.people should remember this lathicharge towards the empty hand girls and woman till the poll and that time people should teach the lesson.how wonder, this is happening when shella and sonia both the lady are in center of power.
This unparalleled incident requires unprecedented response from the Prime Minister. Much akin to a foreign invasion. Summary justice is called for,so that no Man or Woman would ever contemplate such atrocity on a fellow citizen in future. Citizens have a right to open access to spaces around them. Every man and woman in the country wants revenge and the Prime Minister has the call to suspend due process to the perpetrators of this crime.Thus a firing squad or a public castration of these men must happen. Enough is enough .There was Kasab who dragged the justice system to its tethers.Theses boys must not be afforded such complicity
It certainly is not wise for the PM or Sonia Gandhi to come out of their rooms and address a few persons "assuring" them of all steps to be taken to prevent crimes against women. A solid solution needs to be found by calling a special session of Parliament.
Feel sad for youth. So much energy but do not know the virus to be attacked and eliminated. The innocuous administrative practice of secretly interpreting public policy for personal and private benefit while in govt. power is what attracts corrupt to use mechanism of elections and get votes of incompetent many . They device people on caste,creed or offer appeasements, practically corrupt the system. Under such corrupt rulers all laws become selectively implemented. Police justice media all get effectively compromised to serve goal of the corrupt. They rape nation of assets. Women too get hurt. Make power useless for corrupt. Remove secret interpretation of policy. File with order should be scanned and published on web. The corrupt will find it useless to seek power. They leave. Govt then becomes functional. Else it is dysfunctional.
I am surprised a bit to see Shekhar is not blaming BJP for this mess.. Surely there HAS to be some link..and of course this is all unfair on the poor UPA/Congress/Gandhis..
24x7 Channels, audit needs to be regularized through Press Council of India. Instead of playing its role as a tool, anchors give experience of champion of Justice. A solacing and pacifying effort to shape the emotion in discussion is not observed. Which result graveness in non-dutiful of machinery, besides political parties ping-pong the issues as their natural phenomenon. Media could suggest on comparing different society's crime-rate in different countries. How the Criminal Procedure is followed which result in lesser crime. Media could further suggest Lawmakers, Politicians and general public to create an awareness campaign to seek a change in redundant Criminal Procedure. Afresh discussion by inviting different Lawmakers/ Scholars from Middle Eastern and European Countries, where crime rates are lesser for a healthy academic debate.
The present system of delayed justice is the root cause for this demand. Be it cases of horrific rape or high profile political corruption, justice, if at all delivered is a cool sloth reaching the end after a decades when a child has already turned into a teen, a teen into an adult, an adult into an old man and an old man into a dead man. Justice has to be seen, not necessarily in two minutes, but within months not years and decades.
Protesting people are just a laymen on streets with very little knowledge on the legal aspects or history of events that held back a firm framework from evolving. But you learned editors know all the right things that are held back by our no-clue politicians. People would like you arm-chair (or on ground) journos to bring to the discussion table (on all media forums at the point-of time) all the pending aspects that can be focused on and lead to a healthy democratic process. Supreme courts directive in bringing police reforms is one major verdict that you guys can focus and show your commitment to the nation as a responsible fourth pillar of much touted, fragile, Indian democracy.
People are calling for death punishment for the rapists. Probably fair enough. But if you take a bird%u2019s eye view of the entire scene, it is simply UGLY. It is ugliness everywhere and in everything, all the way from the minds of the highest leaders %u2013 as can be seen in their repugnant response to this or any other crime committed by anyone - to the very lowly criminals who perpetrated this or any other crime. The PM (or some such spineless character) instructs the home minister (or some other such mindless character) to ensure a sense of security in the public, as if it is something to be arranged officially or through the law or something that can be sold in the market for people to buy! The need of the hour (and of every minute of our lives and not just on the day such heinous crime as this is committed) is basic human decency in our thoughts and actions, not a political fiat or a particular legal position or pressure for an enhanced sense of safety and security from the outside. No