Thursday, December 04, 2003
SOCIETY : A voice from the grave
While the Indian masses generally restrict themselves to expressing regret over the state of the nation and content themselves to watch the bigwigs fight it out over social issues of national interest, the murder of IIT (K) graduate Satyendra Dubey struck a little too close to home.
Of course, it did help that the Indian Express, a national daily, took up the voice of the masses (something I have accused the media of not doing in the past), and has been fighting their battles against a corrupt state. So did IndiaCause.
Here are the facts related to that story -
The incident brought both, despair and hope. Despair because it showed once again the fallability of the Indian system, the corruption and the inability of one man to raise his voice against a system. Despair because we still pass it off as just another innocent death in the sea of misfortune and cross our hands saying what can we do. Despair because in one stroke, it might have cut of a thousand voices which might have risen against such injustice in the future.
And that lone voice of hope that somewhere it might kindle a spark in our defeated hearts.
These words from Sudipto Majumdar, 21, in a letter to the PM in ToI (the so-called dishrag?) say it all -
... I can feel how Satyendra might have felt in staying back home and deciding to build a new India - right under your guidance and vision....
There is another foundation started to gather support for this movement and to achieve the following objectives -
While you could volunteer for any effort at this geocities site
(www.geocities.com/skdubeyfoundation), you can do a little by just signing the petition online at http://www.petitiononline.com/sdubey/
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