“…I delivered the poor who cried, and the orphan who had no helper. The blessing of the wretched came upon me, and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy. I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my JUSTICE was like a robe and a turban. I was eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame. I was a father to the needy, and I championed the cause of the Innocent victims. I broke the fangs of the unrighteous, and made them drop their prey from their teeth”” – Anonymous.
Judge Jyotsna Yagnik could lavish upon her these words of flattery. However…..the other side of the historical judgment, reeking in partiality and minority bootlicking, hardly merits praise in its entirety.
Unprecedented indeed it is the August 29 judgment of Judge Jyotsna Yagnik in the Naroda Patiya case. This will perhaps be the first time that an accused, in spite of not being a physical contributor to murder or violence, is being punished to the severe extent the Judge augured to. If Maya Kodnani has been a mute spectator to mob violence, she should be punished beyond a shadow of doubt considering that the reigns of governance was in her hands. But to hand out a judgment lasting a lifetime smacks of not just injustice but suspected malfeasance.
As a layman, I would argue that the sentence, deserving as it has to be, has undoubtedly made a distinction in favor of or against a person on the basis of the religion, group, class and category to which the person belongs rather than according to actual merit. As a neophyte, I would argue that the justice delivered has resulted in justice denied by a mile in the case of Kodnani. I wonder what happened to the Congress MLA, a Muslim, who led the Muslim mob to set fire to the Train compartment and affirmed it stood ablaze with the helpless people burning inside till it was charred? I wonder what happened to the Congress MLA, a Muslim, who led a mob in Ahmadabad and killed 29 Hindus! Are they any different or is it that Hindus are considered a dispensable entity in their very own Country? Well, with several disturbing incidences and events taking place in the country at a aguey pace, one can not rule out its credibility!
If one were to compare the immediate remedial actions Modi undertook to mitigate a probable ethnic cleansing in Gujarat to that of any subsequent communal riots elsewhere in the Country including the very recent Assam Riots, the efforts are unparalleled. The 1984 massacre, rather, the ethnic cleansing of Sikhs at the hands of Congress Party, spearheaded by none other than an eventual Prime Minister of the Nation is made to be conveniently, compulsorily and cleverly forgotten. There is no remorse or compassion shown by the noise makers of Gujarat Riots, i.e, the NGOs like Teestas, Shomas, Roys, Sarabhais and of course the Mainstream Media houses at the 3500+ Sikhs massacred, their households and businesses burnt and destroyed forever, their girls and women raped and impregnated to insanity. Yet they cry foul and injustice when a few deserving Muslims, certainly not to discount that many may be innocent, gets killed by way of a rightful reaction to an macabre atrocity committed by them, the Muslims.
For the so called Secular breed of wine drinking elitist clubbers, who have theirs by the infinite and don’t care two hoots about anybody else, and for the Congress political entity basically, nothing less would satisfy them more than crucifying Modi. That 700 odd Muslims died in riots is of no particular concern to these instigators. Their socio-political agenda mainly is to remain in power and would go to any extent to maintain it, what if sacrifice a few Muslims at the hands of the Hindus in the process or vice versa!
This landmark judgment, despite its serious and partial flaws, vindicates Modi of deflecting, obviating, circumventing or influencing the course of justice which the rest of the world loudly and so profoundly accused him of. That aside, the judgment has set a precedent that an instigator (I totally rubbish that in Kodnani verdict) can be sentenced to an idiosyncratic period of life, which, suffice to say would not end before death!
In 1937 at the 19th session of the Hindu Mahasabha held at Ahmedabad, Veer Savarkar in his Presidential address asserted:
“ India cannot be assumed today to be Unitarian and homogeneous nation, but on the contrary there are two nations in the main — the Hindus and the Muslims.” !
Has this notion, which was more than a reality then, in 1937 and subsequently culminating in the Partition of a Nation, receded one bit now in 2012?
I conclude with this notion remaining a spot of bother simmering within the Nation!