It is a matter of great satisfaction that our sluggish justice delivery system has bestirred itself and through a process of daily hearings found 100 people guilty of the conspiracy for the Bombay blasts. Almost 90% of them were Muslims, they as well as the remainder, have all been served their just desserts.
Justice has not only been done, more importantly, at least as far as our 24X7 media is concerned, it also appears to have been done. Every one knew from day one, who those fellows were, now the courts are saying that as well. So once these two basic requirements of appearance and deed have been met the national conscience, so gravely disturbed over the last several decades, can heave a collective sigh of relief and all men of good faith can take a well deserved rest.
One question, however, continues to bother me.
It is possible that I am out of sync with the mainstream of national conscience. In fact I have never been a part of this mainstream, not because I have not tried to belong, but because the mainstream has no use for the likes of me. I have tried to live amidst the mainstream but I have been denied even rented accommodation, because I am an outsider, because the police have issued instructions not to let-out to unknown characters, because I can not provide a company lease, because I eat onions and worse I eat meat. To add insult to injury I claim to be a non believer and yet have a name that sounds unfamiliar – suspiciously like a Muslim name – to landlords in Lajpat Nagar, Rajinder Nagar, Munirka, Malviya Nagar, Sant Nagar, Jangpura and what have you.
So, as the current expression in ‘American’ goes, this is where I am coming from. And the question that is bothering me is how come no one is talking of those responsible for the Bombay Riots. If my failing memory serves me right the Bombay riots preceded the Bombay Blasts. I vaguely remember news reports of those days suggesting that the Bombay blasts were perhaps a reaction, unhealthy and a tad undemocratic, but a reaction nonetheless.
It is a different matter that a certain “Reaction” in Gujarat 2002 invested with Newtonian logic by a scientifically inclined ‘people’s representative’ had gained certain respectability and therefore did not need to be pursued with any vigour. But I am talking about an event that was investigated by a Commission headed by a Senior Justice.
The commission had placed virtually the entire police and civil administration including politicians, several mainstream fanatic political formations and several non fanatic and yet mainstream formations in the dock for complicity, dereliction of duty and for aiding and abetting the riots.
How is it that no one is talking of the recommendations of the Justice Srikrishna Commission report. Is it that our judicial activism is activated selectively? Is it that our collective conscience is also agitated similarly? Or is it that the recommendations of the commission were bad in Law?
May be I should bury this question as well. It is possible that I am incapable of understanding the broader issues, after all I have yet to be integrated into the mainstream, once that is done may be I will see the light, till then I had better keep my own council and shut up.