India – Commoner vs
In the so-called world’s largest democracy, the ordinary average citizens responsible for making a nobody into somebody do not stand a chance when it comes to fairness and equality.
The nobody turned somebody later elevated as celebrity essentially become government pawn and proxy for evasion, deflection, diversion and subversion of reality and real issues concerning the vast population and the nation at large.
When governments regardless of political factions alternating to power instigate communal divide and violence destroying lives, livelihoods and humble dwellings of the poor, marginalized and discriminated segments in society, the victims are denied recourse against perpetrators of violence – often none other than the government and political members of the ruling party behind demolition and vandalism of the targeted areas in society.
Any rare fair decisions from the judiciary favoring the affected ordinary citizens stymied through government intervention with midnight transfer of the presiding judge to another state / district or in worst case scenario elimination via murder is not ruled out in the action.
However, the government engaged celebrity altercations with rival political parties in a state or province resulting in damage to celebrity office structure secured with insurance policy guaranteed government support and judicial hearing on the matter.
In contrast, the demography isolated on caste, religion and socio economic background suffering enormous losses from government sponsored violence burning homes, school buildings and hospitals in those areas that are routine incidents under different governments and lately witnessed in February 2020 in the capital New Delhi involving the incumbent administration PM Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah providing impunity to BJP members on the heinous crime is the classic example of power unleashing terror against the powerless in society.
The government and party officials’ empathy with comprehensive legal and financial assistance towards celebrity’s self-inflicted liability overshadowing grim national issues not barring ongoing warfare in the himalayan heights between India and China is the irony in the pseudo democracy.
The population designated a commoner have no choice but to accept such incidents and events as nothing more than politics as usual and resign to the status as their fate while a celebrity as the government crony is extended privileges expending public money to protect celebrity’s private assets.
Indeed an incredible democracy!
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