Death knell for the rape culture
– Salil Gewali, Shillong
The death penalty for the child rapist is going to see the light of the day. Hearty thanks to the countless candle marchers. The credit also goes to those conscious media and columnists who all fueled the agitation and energized the activists. Here PM Modi’s dynamism can’t be overlooked either, because this ordinance, which was long overdue, has happened now.
Let’s all pray that the ‘fear of death’ will be an effective deterrent. Hope, this will “frighten away” the real vices. In the meanwhile, it would also be very wise on the part of the government to look for other preventive measures since we have a lot many “vices” in a lot many avatars and assortments which only encourage the sex related crimes. There are also very dangerous “vices” which, when start to infect one’s thought-process, might give birth to the countless viruses like — Trojan horses, Malwares, even virulent I-love-You. The virus infecting tragedy usually strikes ones very fast who are with weak inborn “antivirus”. This, in fact, turns “sane men into perverts” if one objectively analyses. But what is too bizarre is that some of the virus generating vices are let to flourish under the “cover of silence” while some are made to believe through media as “virtues” and while others as “talent” — with a whole lot of modish adornment and poetic adulation. Do you want to acknowledge that ones who cried hard against the despicable rape culture are the premier dealers of these vices? Some are producers too. I cut short here. Because these days I fear the “thunder of hypocrisy” then the roars of the tiger in a jungle!
Yes, remaining complacent by mere hanging the perverts will be thus a downright immaturity. The identifying the “causes” of those vices that are hurting the society at large are equally important. Of course, many try to overlook those vices as if they never make a bad impact upon the mindset an individual. Here I’ve an argument — has the heat of the hearth stopped boiling the water or burn your pack of currency notes to ash? As mentioned above, we can draw a perfect “analogy” between the virus infecting a computer leading to its inevitable “malfunction” with the people’s behavioral degeneration and wrong indulgences due to the continuous exposure and acceptance of vices.
However, it would surely be good if the Government and awakened women organizations boldly pinpoint those forces as well which are culpable for presenting women as no less than commodities, and the dealers of the vices. In this, one is skeptical whether we can turn to the media with hope, or with doubt! Because, very absurdly, the definition of “good life” and its values have now been willfully distorted and redefined to suit the situation, plans and programs such that they would help further the agendas of that forces which rule the roost.
Anyway, whether one agrees or disagree, disinfecting/detoxing the “mindset” of the society is the only pathway to the sane society which we are crying for. The healthy thought, healthy attitude, healthy acts can only toll the death knell for any kind of rapes and social ills.
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Bio-Profile of Salil Gewali –
A well know figure, Salil Gewali’s significantly philosophical write-ups command high appreciation of the readers of the Northeastern India. He started as a freelancer in the late 1980’s, his articles and letters which appear in several local and national newspapers are read with much awe and admiration. A post graduate in English Literature, Salil Gewali rose to fame for his excellent research-based book — entitled ‘Great minds on India’ that has already earned worldwide appreciation. The book, which was initially published in 1998 in the Xerox-format, was finally brought out in the printed form in 2009, entitled ‘Great minds on India’. It has also been translated into Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil and Nepali.
He has been recently awarded by a national organization ‘United Creative Writers’ Association’ besides the appreciation from the Meghalaya Government for his writing and social service. One of the prominent figures in the field of academy, he has written books for school students. His book ‘Great minds on INDIA?’ speaks volume about his concerns for the country and its culture and values. He shows immense amount of nationalist approach, patriotism and a deep reverence for the intellectual prowess of the ancient literature and their authors. For his intellectual refinement, Salil Gewali gives credit to the ancient scriptures such as Vedas, Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita besides the works of western scholars like Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Emerson, Carl Sagan, Alan Watts and Aldous Huxley. He says great minds like Voltaire, T.S. Eliot, Friedrich Hegel, Julius Robert Oppenheimer (father of Atomic Bomb), Emerson, Thoreau, Erwin Schrodinger (father of Quantum mechanics), Mark Twain and so on had drawn sufficient intellectual nourishment from Indian ancient literature, the facts which are hardly know to the general masses in India. For more visit: http://divine99.blogspot.in/