I thought I will deal with one tweet by Rajinder Raina @rraina1481 who tweeted on 12th October saying that: “Mr Mukul Sinha, your rant against Mr Modi can b heard everyday. Today u shud hv used ur enrgy fr Phailin prayers? Bt y shud u”
— Rajinder Raina (@rraina1481) October 12, 2013
The reason I am responding to the above tweet is because of the accusations made by Mr Raina is that we are insensitive to the lives of people even in their moment of crisis and we remain engaged in our own idiosyncrasies. No Sir; we at Jan Sangharsh Manch love the common people and for the past thirty years we have been fighting for their right to live with dignity and with equal protection of law. Modi is only a recent despot. In these three decades we had to confront atleast four Governments in Gujarat formed by four different political parties including the Congress on two occasions. For the past three decades we have been at the sides of workers, slum-dwellers, dalits and the minorities participating in their struggle for their rights. Our support to the struggle of the marginalised is often dubbed as “ranting” by the ruling party and their supporters. But we shall continue to “rant” for rights of the struggling masses.
I am accused of â€˜ranting against Modi even on 12th October when I am supposed to use my energy for Phailin prayers? The last part is easier to reply. For the first time in India, people likely to be affected by the Phailin storm did not have to rely upon prayers of others. The Government and the public authorities of both the States of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh rose to the occasion and took all possible precautionary measures to reach relief to the affected people. The most important factor that helped the authorities to avoid the major loss of life and property was the precise information they had received from the meteorological department of the country.
Because of the advance information regarding the storm, the authorities could warn people, remove them from the danger zone, build relief centres and look after them during the crisis period. The gigantic task of moving over eight lakh people living near the sea coast to safer places was completed smoothly much before the storm could strike. Because of this remarkable task, the total loss of life was restricted to only 18 in contrast to over ten thousand losing their lives in the 1999 storm. We must therefore first of all acknowledge the improvement of administrative efficiency and scientific development in our country and appreciate the scientists and other technical personnel of IMD who are now capable to exactly predicting the weather to allow the authorities to formulate their actions.
So as far as I am concerned, I live in Ahmedabad, far away from the Gopalpur at sea, the site of the land fall of the Phailin storm. I could only watch the TV channels telling us in details the precautions and preparation made by the authorities and for a change I must admit, the media collectively played a very constructive role in disseminating the correct information to all. In complete contrast to this positive development, 114 people died in a stampede at the Ratangarh temple in Datiyan district of Madhya Pradesh during the Durga puja. Shockingly, the police which reached late resorted to lathi charge that created more panic. Few months back we saw what happened in Uttarakhand. Over ten thousand people died in the flash floods at Kedarnath. A proper management in both cases would have avoided the loss of life. Mr.Rajinderji, time has come to develop the scientific temperament of the country rather than increasing the dependence on prayers and blind faith.
Let me now try to respond to the first part of Rajinderjiâ€™s accusation; that â€œMr. Mukul Sinha, your rant against Mr Modi can be heard everyday..â€
Rajinderji, for a crisis created by the forces of nature, like the Phailin storm, you urge us to pray. But if the crisis is created by the very authorities themselves who are entrusted with the work of protecting the lives of the people, what advice do you have? Pray or rant? On 27th February, 2002, one coach S6 of the Sabarmati Express burnt down killing 58 passengers. It was a most tragic consequence of communal hatred of our times. It ought to have been the time for a national mourning but as it turned out, the event became the turning point for a new brand of politics. Instead of firmly handling the communal forces, the CM himself instigated the masses by dubbing the incident as a cross border terrorism. For the next two days, murderous mobs were allowed to devastate the minority localities and over 1200 people died. No Government can be permitted to contend that the mobs were so large that they had overwhelmed the law enforcing agencies and therefore so many innocent citizens died within just 48 hours! If this is the defence of an elected government then the leaders of such a government should lose their right to rule ever again.Unfortunately, our political system not only permits such leaders to participate in the electoral process but elevates his mis-governance as a qualification for leading the country! But do we understand the real danger. Educated people like you dub our efforts to expose the misdeeds of this person as “ranting”! We end this post therefore with a few lines from the famous poet “pash” (translated).
Looting of others labor is not the ultimate danger,
The assault by police is not the ultimate danger,
The ultimate danger are those eyes
That see everything but turns blind,
The ultimate danger is the peace of the grave yard,
To absolve everything without a protest,
To go to work from home and return back from work to home,
The ultimate danger is the death of our dreams!