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16th December 2012 – The Night that never saw the Dawn – Part 3

Whenever we come across some shocking incident it all of a sudden sends shivers up and down our spine. The cruel incident of 16th December 2012 was certainly one of them. Trust me every time the heading of this blog crosses my vision, it always forces me to think that how aptly it suits in today’s time as well. Yes, the dark night of 16th December 2012 never saw the Dawn.

Ah! India took a sigh of relief considering that finally justice has been achieved in the ‘Nirbhaya’ gang rape case. Everyone around seems to be happy, the courtroom is echoing with the sound of claps, lot of wishes are getting circulated on different platforms because of the very reason that on dated 05th May 2017, the Honourable Supreme court upheld the death sentence passed by the High Court as well as the Lower Court in the said case. A week has passed from that day of judicial pronouncement and almost all the emotional outburst has subsided, so it’s the right time for us to analyse whether Justice is actually achieved in this case or not?

As rightly quoted by Mr. William E. Gladstone “Justice delayed is Justice denied”. Sorry to say, but “Justice has already been denied in the present case” and still we are very proudly celebrating the judicial pronouncement. Mind it this is the situation when the case was taken up in the fast-track court. Now, we can just imagine the fate of all other judicial cases pending before the Honourable courts in our country for years and years. The number of pending cases in the court of law is only going to aggravate the matter and in turn, will leave an impression in the mind of the culprits that they have a free hand to do anything as per their wish.

The time lag in our judicial proceedings could be understood by the very fact that it took almost 9 months to the lower court, 6 months to the Honourable Delhi High Court and 38 long months to the Honourable Supreme Court to pronounce the judgement in the Nirbhaya case. And the culprits still have 3 more chances left to appeal i.e. 1) Reconsideration Petition – A Reconsideration Petition with the Honourable Supreme Court. 2) Curative Petition – If no relief is granted in the Reconsideration Petition then a Curative Petition could be filed 3) Mercy Petition – If no relief is granted against the death sentence in the Curative Petition as well then a Mercy Petition could be filed with the Honourable President of India. (Reference: News article published on dated 06th May 2017 in Dainik Bhaskar, the Hindi Daily Newspaper).

Shame on us that even after such a shocking incidence, which caught the eyes of the world media, we not only missed an opportunity to take strong steps in the area of woman safety but also failed drastically in setting up an example in front of the entire world with a speedy judicial proceeding in such a brutal case. And still, we want to brag about achieving justice in the present case? The hard-core reality is that the victim died a painful death long back, while the culprits still have 3 more options left to prove their innocence even after almost 4½ long years have passed since that incident first took place.

This case truly shows a mirror to our society, and at the same time, unmasks the face of the judicial system in our country. What an irony that in the world’s largest democratic nation, the culprits in a criminal case of this magnitude couldn’t be punished even after almost 4½ long years have passed. We can no more continue to play the game of pointing fingers towards others; rather we as a society have to accept our collective responsibility for such a poor condition of the law and order, as well as, the judicial system in our country.

Herewith, I would like to quote the following paragraph extracted from the second part of this Blog “16th December 2012 – The Night that never saw the Dawn” – Part 2 – Yes, humanity indeed gets killed every time such inhuman act occurs. But, the culprits are not alone to be held responsible for this killing of humanity, rather we, as a society, are equally responsible for all such inhuman acts happening around us. It’s a high time we question ourselves that what learning we took from the past incidents and what corrective measures we took to ensure that no such incidents happen with anyone again. How long will it take for us to realize that today it may have happened with a stranger, but tomorrow it could happen to anyone of us or our family members? Are we waiting for that day when we will be the victim?

Did we actually take any learning from such brutal rape case? NO, the growing graph of rape cases with every passing ‘hour’ clearly shows the condition of law and order in our country. It also depicts the mindset of our society. I would not be wrong in saying that it’s a male dominating society wherein the females of “any age” are considered as a product to satisfy the never-ending lust of inhuman males.

I would like to end this blog with the very hope that we as a society and nation wake up soon. It’s a high time we work collectively towards saving humanity. If we still don’t get shaken up then we should better be ready to witness more of Nirbhaya’s getting raped every now and then around us. It’s an earnest request to every woman, that please stay safe, and at the same time, I urge every man to please give the much-deserved respect to the women and safeguard them from such inhuman who just consider them as a product of flesh and bones to satisfy their lust.

I wish the Almighty give good sense to each one of us.

God Bless!

Peyush Jain

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Bombarding another country with the “Mother Of All Bombs” – Who on earth gave anyone the right to do so?

As soon as I read about the news of the so-called Super Power bombarding “once again” the territorial jurisdiction of another country, without even taking consent of the “elected government” of that very country, then these words from my other blog “A ‘qualified’ apology by Mr. Tony Blair for Iraq invasion – Was it even an apology “in real sense”?”, immediately honked in my mind – “Invading other countries to showcase the world that we are a Super Power is supposed to be the favourite pass time of some of the leaders, right?”. These words aptly fit in today’s time as well. Alas! Nothing actually changed in all these years.

First of all, let me make it very clear that I am not against any ‘legal’ Anti-Terrorism step taken in any part of the world. Do note that the stress herewith is on the word ‘legal’ and invading another country in the name of peace, without even taking the consent of the “peace loving” government of that very country, couldn’t be justified as a legal step, by any stretch. On the contrary, if the government of any country is not “peace-loving” and is actually helping terrorism to breed on its soil, then all the peace-loving countries have every right to take action, without obtaining prior permission of the ruling government of that nation, which apparently doesn’t believe in a peaceful world, but not otherwise.

In fact in my other blog “Yes, I am helping the Terrorists”, I have proposed a Joint Anti-Terrorism model and formation of a Global Special Task Force (GSTF). The prerequisite for this model is the prior permission of the Head of that respective peace-loving country, whose territorial jurisdiction the GSTF proposes to enter. This is the legal way of executing such critical missions. One can’t just decide solely on their own, and, on one fine day, proceed to bombard the land of any other nation, simply to flaunt their military power. This is seriously not acceptable and such one-sided step will never ever be able to achieve the mission of peace if that’s what their ultimate motive is, rather it will create hatred and will prompt other countries to call for a war.

Whoever is silent on United States of America’s (USA’s) recent bombarding on the land of Afghanistan, thinking that this is not against them or their nation, should note that tomorrow it could be against them or their nation as well. Do remember that if you don’t oppose any unlawful act now, then you are accepting the dominance of the countries and rulers who are intoxicated in the influence of power. So it’s my earnest request to each and every peace-loving individual and country to very strongly oppose this unjustifiable act of USA, wherein a lot many innocent civilians got killed and were forced to be a victim of someone’s arrogance.

India is a “Peace Loving” nation and also has friendly relations with Afghanistan, so without fail we should stand by the side of Afghanistan government, as well as, the innocent people residing over there. How could a nation, whose Father was a firm believer of Peace and Non-Violence, stay quiet on this illegal act of bombarding any country with the Mother of All Bombs? If any of us think that staying quiet against this act of USA will help us in building our relations strong with them, then sorry to say but we are living in a fool’s paradise. It’s a high time we take a strong stand against any kind of injustice taking place in any part of the world or else the hammer is going to hit hard on us sooner or later.

Mr. Donald Trump this common man very strongly opposes your step of bombarding a peace-loving nation without their permission. Just because you are the President of a so-called Super Power doesn’t mean that you have all the right to intrude the territorial frontiers of any other nation. In the name of peace, no one is authorized to take such steps solely on their own wish. For your kind information, Super Power is not about displaying that you can intrude any nation and bombard them without their permission.

We all should remember that there is a Supreme Soul up there, who has the real Super Power and in front of that Supreme Soul, our power is negligible. So next time even before thinking of taking such steps solely out of arrogance, keep in mind that we are just puppets in the hands of Supreme Soul and one day our arrogance could be the reason of our downfall too.

Let us all strive together to make this world a peaceful place to live in. Live and let others live peacefully too. I wish that the Almighty bless us with good sense.

God bless you all!

Stay in touch.

Peyush Jain

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Indian Railway’s new rule with regard to Cancellation Charges on Waitlisted Tickets – What could be more illogical than this? – Part 2

I would like to start this blog by quoting the following paragraph extracted from the first part of this Blog – “As a layman, I could not find any single logic behind introducing the cancellation charges on a waitlisted ticket. As per my view, this is a sheer case of robbing our pockets by introducing some illogical rule. The already overburdened common man is slapped with another “heavy and baseless charge”. Hence, I would like to take this opportunity to request the learned and respected Railway minister to throw some light on the logic behind introducing this charge. I hope the Indian Railways either comes up with a logical justification in this matter or else take back this illogical charge”.

Post writing the first part of this blog, I did approach Mr. Railway Minister on his e-mail id and requested him to clarify the logic behind coming up with such a weird charge. However, it seems as if the Minister who is super active on social networking platforms like Twitter, doesn’t care to respond to his e-mails. Maybe a common man’s plea on an “official platform” is not worth to waste their precious time. Or is it, that if any complaints are publically expressed then these tech savvy ministers have no other option left but to respond to it so that their efficiency of working comes in public notice? Well, the fact is that I am still awaiting the reply from the Honourable Railway Minister.

Now the motive behind writing the second part of this blog was not to talk about my e-mail to the Railway Minister. Also, I have tried to present the detailed information about the cancellation charges on waitlisted tickets in the first part of this blog itself. However, after reading the news published, on dated 18th March 2017, in Dainik Bhaskar, the Daily Hindi Newspaper, with regard to Railway Board’s preparation for some changes in the Passenger Reservation System (PRS) with effect from 01st July 2017, I am keen to write the second part of this blog. Who knows, maybe the responsible authorities wakes up and take note of this valid point while amending the current rules? So it’s an attempt to once again raise my voice in the matter concerned.

One of the points quoted in the above-mentioned news is that the Railway Board is preparing to refund 50% amount on cancellation of the Tatkal Tickets and accordingly the required changes shall be incorporated in the PRS. So it is clear that the railway board is thinking about refunding the amount on cancellation of Tatkal Tickets. However, I fail to understand that why didn’t they consider taking back the illogical cancellation charges on waitlisted tickets? Is it because the revenue generated from the cancellation charges on waitlisted tickets is too lucrative to get away with it, even if there is no logic behind introducing it at the first place? Obviously, the number of cancelled waitlisted tickets in Indian Railways is always going to be higher than the number of cancelled Tatkal Tickets, so wouldn’t it be foolish to even think of parting with such extra income? Who cares for logic when the generation of revenue is concerned, right?

Mr. Suresh Prabhu (Railway Minister) once again it’s my earnest request to you that please enlighten the common man with the logic behind levying cancellation charges on waitlisted tickets. And, if by any chance, you could not come up with any sound logic behind this intelligent move of yours then it’s my humble request to you that please take back waitlisted cancellation charges with immediate effect. I hope you will act as per your name Mr. Prabhu and bring relief to the masses.

Peyush Jain

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Assent to Ordinance on Jallikattu – Opening of a Pandora Box

In yet another suicidal attempt (after demonetisation) the present Central Government has given its assent to the Tamil Naidu state’s ordinance on Jallikattu (a traditional sport involving bull). By passing an ordinance for permitting the celebration of Jallikattu, the Indian Government has opened up a Pandora Box, which is definitely going to increase their trouble in the near future. Just wait and watch while a lot many demonstrations and demands for the passing of such kind of ordinances are on its way, to flood the Central Government from every corner of the country in the near future. God knows who advice Mr. Pradhan Sevak to take such decisions.

In the current scenario, a question does pop up in the minds of many of us that when the Honourable Court has banned an activity and is yet to decide on a serious issue then what was the urgency to pass an ordinance in the matter concerned? Was this move politically motivated or was it taken sheer out of public concern? If at all it was taken after keeping public concern in mind then does this move somewhere exhibits that our politicians think that the Honourable Courts are not bothered about the public sentiments and does not take into account the public concerns before passing any judgement?

Herewith, I would like to raise a very serious concern with regard to the autonomy of the courts. Aren’t ordinances like this nothing but a ‘legalised’ way of contempt of court? Just because there is a right available to bring an ordinance in order to surpass the orders of the courts, is it justifiable to make use of this right in such matters as well? Isn’t it a threat to the very existence of the courts in any country? What is the need of having courts when the government themselves can decide and finalize the case, which is still pending before the court of law? It’s a high time for the courts to take a note of the same and stand for their existence.

The politicians preach us to respect the orders of the Honourable Courts but it seems that when it comes to politics they don’t even think for a second, before going against any kind of court orders. If they actually acted as they preach, then instead of giving their consent on the ordinance, wasn’t it feasible for the “law abiding” politicians to plead in front of the court with their logical points and let this serious issue be decided only by the Honourable Court? If courts can open at odd hours to decide about the hanging of a terrorist then we are in a far better position to be heard and matters with which public sentiments are attached could indeed be decided on a high priority.

I would like to urge that instead of coming up with ideas like banning an organisation which works for the rights of animals, it would be appropriate if we can come up with ideas which would enable us to carry on our traditions, without ‘intentionally’ torturing and harming any of the living beings for our enjoyment. There is always a mid peaceful way to solve such kind of issues, like in the present case it would have been appropriate to conduct the sport without torturing or harming the animals, as well as, applying the utmost safety parameters.

Torturing or causing harm to other living beings, in the name of tradition, could not be allowed at all. If the traditions need to be changed for the betterment of our society then we should indeed be ready for that. Do remember that right to live freely is the fundamental right of every living being and not alone humans. Live and let others live peacefully too.

I wish that the Almighty give good sense to each one of us.

Peyush Jain

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Is justice actually achieved in the current judicial system? – Part 4

It’s the time when we all should be feeling proud of our judicial system for being extremely fair and prompt. Indeed it’s a time to praise not only our judicial system but also the entire machinery which is responsible for maintaining law and order in our country. Well as it is said that “Haath kangan ko aarsi kya, Padhey likhey ko farsi kya”(Evidence needs no proof), so the recent judgment in the high-profile illegal arms possession and use case, is a live example of the working style of our investigating agencies, administration, as well as, the judicial system prevalent in the country. Once again we are left with the question that is justice actually achieved in the current judicial system?

In a “short” span of 18 years and 3 months, the accused was set free on account of benefit of the doubt. Herewith, it is very important to know about that very doubt, based on which the accused was benefitted for getting acquitted of all charges in the said case. The reason for doubt as provided by the Honourable Court was that the case was registered under the wrong sections of the Arms Act, 1959. To be specific, as per the Honourable Rajasthan court this case was pertaining to section 21(1) of the Arms Act, 1959 i.e. possession and use of arms with “expired” license. However, the “efficient” law enforcing agencies and administration associated with this case got it registered under section 3/25 and 3/27 of the Arms Act, 1959, which relates to “illegal” possession and use of arms. Hence, the accused was acquitted, since no charges could be proved against him under those specific sections, in the said case [Reference: Dainik Bhaskar, Hindi Daily Newspaper].

It is interesting to note here that, in the past as well, in many of the cases, the same benefit of the doubt has come to the rescue of those accused. However, this question is still open that was it an intentional wrong registration of case or did such a blunder happened due to the so-called manual mistake? Keeping aside whether it was an intentional mistake or a manual mistake, can we really claim that justice is actually achieved in all such cases? If those who were accused of such charges were in reality dragged into such cases just because they were famous then who is responsible for the defamation of their reputation, as well as, the mental and physical trauma that they have gone through during all these years? On the other hand, if the accused were actually involved in such cases then is it justifiable to set them free simply because the cases were registered in the wrong section of the law?

In the present case who is responsible for the loss of those 18 years? Will the judiciary reply to this question that why it took them more than 18 years to point out the mistake of registration of the case under the wrong section? Who is going to direct for investigation and punishment against all those who were responsible for not registering this case under the applicable section of law? Just because a case was registered in a wrong section of law does it mean that no crime has taken place? If a crime has taken place and still no one is held guilty then is justice actually been achieved in that particular case?

It is a high time for all of us to figure out that what should be the actual role of a judiciary. Are judiciary’s formed just to pronounce verdicts in the case, as per the evidence presented in front of them? Isn’t it the first and foremost duty of the judiciary to make sure that justice is achieved in each and every single case? If yes, then why can’t the Honourable Courts direct the responsible person to reopen the present case and register it in the applicable sections and re-file it after conducting a proper investigation? Why an enquiry can’t be set up in such cases against all those who fail to perform their duty diligently, in absence of which, Justice couldn’t be achieved? Is it too much to ask for?

But who are we to ask such questions to the judiciary? We are supposed to respect judiciary in whatever form it is. Opposing the orders of Honourable Court tantamount to contempt of court, so even if we see any flaws, we are not supposed to point fingers towards it. As such, all those who were responsible for investigating, registering and presenting the case in a proper manner get away with their responsibilities just like that. Justice is getting killed every now and then, in front of us and what are we doing? Just sitting cross-handed and witnessing it as a silent audience, that’s all. In reality, now also, nothing is going to happen. Most of us (including me) will forget this case in a few days and those who are actually responsible for injustice will be happily spending their life in great comforts. After all who cares for justice right?

Be in touch. God Bless you all!

Peyush Jain

 

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16th December 2012 – The Night that never saw the Dawn – Part 2

Exactly 4 years back, on this very day of 16th December, humanity was killed. An innocent 23 years girl was brutally gang-raped in a moving bus on the streets of New Delhi, India. The inhuman males went to the extent of inserting a rusted iron rod in her genital organs and assaulting her so bad that even her intestine came out of the body. My fingers were actually trembling while typing all that, can’t even imagine that “in reality” what the girl would have gone through. It was indeed a Night that never saw the Dawn.

Everyone unanimously mourned on the brutal killing of humanity and it looked as if the world is going to change from the very next day. But, unsurprisingly, nothing actually changed as such. Life came back to its normal pace and we got busy in our daily routine. We, the so-called humans, have a tendency to forget everything so easily. The very next moment we tend to behave as if nothing actually happened. After all who cares, right?

Whenever any inhuman act happens, as a ritual we will mourn a bit, sympathetically discuss all such cases and after some time we will be back to our normal chores. It won’t be wrong on my part to say that majority of us are least bothered about others. We actually don’t care about anything that happens with others. The truth is that we are just concerned about the well-being of ourselves and our closed ones. In this fast paced overburdened race of life, who has time to think about other people’s life, right?

Yes, humanity indeed gets killed every time such inhuman act occurs. But, the culprits are not alone to be held responsible for this killing of humanity, rather we, as a society, are equally responsible for all such inhuman acts happening around us. It’s a high time we question ourselves that what learning we took from the past incidences and what corrective measures we took to ensure that no such incident happens with anyone again. How long will it take for us to realize that today it may have happened with a stranger, but tomorrow it could happen to anyone of us or our family members? Are we waiting for that day when we will be the victim?

How shameful on our part that we are not even able to bring down the number of rape cases in our country, forget about stopping them completely. With each passing year, the graph of rape cases is showing an upward trend only. This, in itself, shows the condition of law and order in our country. None of the common men is safe. We can’t be sure whether the females of our family will reach home safely or not. It seems as if we are breeding a criminal safe universe.

At the same time, the judicial system of our country is so fast that even after 4 long years the case is yet to be decided. Who is getting benefited by such judicial system, the culprit or the victims? I fail to understand that when courts can open at odd hours to decide about the hanging of a terrorist, then what stops them to speed up the judicial proceedings in such sensitive cases at least? And still, they expect a common man to have full faith in the judicial system.

Sooner the better we realize that until the time our society gets awakened and shake the political and judicial system to tighten up the law and order condition in our country, nothing is actually going to change in reality. If at all we want to save humanity than matters like woman safety should be on top of our priority list. And do remember that it’s an ongoing process and we have to push things till our objective is met. We can’t afford anymore to forget and wait for another incident to happen wherein we will mourn once again. If we want this world to be a safer place to live in, then we have to take drastic steps right now.

Herewith, I would like to quote the following paragraph extracted from the first part of this Blog “16th December 2012 – The Night that never saw the Dawn” – 16th December 2012, was a day of shame, a day of sorrow, a day of emotional outburst, and a day of introspection for every human soul. It is not about a city, not about a country, not about modernization, not about culture but it is about humanity. Humanity is at stake. Joseph Conrad (a polish author) once said that “Being a woman is a terribly difficult task since it consists principally in dealing with men”. Today, if we look around we will agree to what he said. But is it only about agreeing with what he said or do we want to change the views? Yes, we can change it by giving the much deserved “respect & love to every single woman”. I am sure our respect & love towards the woman will indeed enable us one day, to quote that “Being a woman is the most wonderful task since it consists principally in dealing with men”. That day humanity will feel proud on Humans.

I would like to end this blog with a request to every male that “It’s a high time we male take a pledge, that let the female be our mother, sister, friend, colleague, wife or in any other relation to name with but never ever be our victim”. At the same time, I would like to request every female that please be safe and please be extra cautious.

God bless!

Peyush Jain

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One Rank One Pension (OROP) – Why so much tension?

One Rank One Pension (OROP), in simple terms, means the same pension to all those who retired from the same rank and served for the same duration. I am sure that any sane mind wouldn’t argue with the logic of having an identical pension for the identical grade. It’s indeed a step towards equality. I totally agree with the point that there could be differences in opinion between the government and those affected by OROP, on various issues like how/when/what all to include in the OROP scheme. However, I fail to understand, that what could be the reason behind lingering on such important issue for that long? Is it so difficult to resolve sensitive issues peacefully, without any casualties?

OROP, at present, seems to be a reason for a lot of tension for the Indian Government, which came into power with majority seats. I hope the Central Government remembers that to implement OROP was one of their pre-election promises. Or, who knows, maybe OROP was one of their Jumlas, on which they won the election, and now, like all other Jumlas, this one is also getting stuck in their neck. What an irony, that on one hand, Mr. Pradhan Sevak urges the nation not to forget our soldiers, and, on the other hand, the Central Government applies such a casual approach towards the demands of our soldiers. If the Central Government was so thoughtful about our soldiers then wasn’t resolving this issue long back, one of their responsibilities? Now, would the government let us know that who is responsible for aggravating this issue to such an extent?

Do remember that when the soldiers, who protect us, themselves have to protest for their rights, then the nation, as a whole, needs to introspect whether we are heading in the right direction or not. The armed forces are always ready to give away their life, for the love of their nation and what they get in return, meager salary? Are they stupid to do so? Don’t they love their life? Don’t they love their family? Is anyone of us ready to sacrifice our life for a meager salary? Then what makes these soldiers live and fight in inhuman conditions? It’s nothing else than pure patriotism that ignites their soul. Their love towards the nation is way above the love for anything else. Salute to their attitude. I know that we can never be like them, but at least, we can show some respect by caring for their genuine demands, right? Or is it too much to ask for?

OROP is the “Mann ki Baat” of the entire nation. I do hope that in the same way, it’s the “Mann ki Baat” of our Pradhan Sevak too. I further hope that Mr. Pradhan Sevak, who is, fortunately, a good speaker too, at least makes an attempt to convince the “true heroes of our nation” that they will get what they deserve in “due time”. However, without any fail, this “due time” should be a reasonably short time because the soldiers are already waiting and protesting since a very long time for OROP to get implemented, in its true spirit.

Herewith, let me make it very clear, that I am not supporting any kind of suicide, but at least we should be sensible enough not to do politics on someone’s death. It sometimes makes me think that can we go to any extent to divert the minds of common citizens from the actual issue or what. Nevertheless, I do hope that all the issues with regard to OROP gets sorted out soon and may there be equality all around. Let us build the world where everyone gets what they deserve.

I wish that the Almighty give good sense to each one of us.

God bless you all!

Peyush Jain