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CAB Or Safety Of Our Women And Children... Which Is More Important

All the MPs and MLAs would go back to their constituencies and get busy with, God knows what, and try to portray that they are the torchbearers of this country’s secular fabric.

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So the Citizenship Amendment Bill or in short CAB was passed successfully in Lok Sabha yesterday. Around 311 Member of Parliament were supporting the bill and around 80 members opposed it. It was a major victory for the government. Everyone was happy about it. As soon as the session was over our prime minister was quick to come on Twitter and tweet a congratulatory message. Overall it was a successful day for the present government. But was it really a successful day?

Let us quickly go through the whole day’s event. From morning various parties in various parts of the country were agitating and opposing in their own ways against CAB. Some protests were peaceful and some turned violent ( which was very much expected) and the media houses were very busy covering each and every event and promising to their viewers that they are the first and the only ones to cover it fully and get the information to their viewers first hand.

 I am really confused about this one line from each and every media house. “And your channel is the first one to bring this news to you”. You can hear this in all the languages. It seems that they are doing a favour to us by doing so. No, I m not against any channel but why are they trying to portray that they are the best. Their work is to report what is happening in India and around the world and by doing so they are not doing a favour to their viewers.

All the news channels will host long debates and show the same series of pictures related to the events and claim to be there for the citizens and with the citizens but the moment the day is over will forget the event as if it never happened. It was very interesting when it all began a few decades earlier but now it does not interest us anymore.  At least, I do not find it interesting.

But I am not writing this particular article to talk about our news channels. I wanted to discuss something which is more important than the activities of our channels. I wanted to discuss the priorities of our MLAs and MPs. I wanted to discuss issues that really triggers their interest and points that are close to their heart.

I am not sure as to how important the Citizenship Amendment Bill is for the safety and security of our country. I do not know what would have happened if this issue or bill could have waited maybe for next 6 months or even one year. Modi government has 4 and a half years more with them so they had enough time with them to table this bill. It was not a now or never situation for them. So as far as I, as a citizen of the country, am concerned this Bill had no rights to take the centre stage as of now. The discussion regarding this Bill started at around 12:30 PM yesterday and wet up till midnight. Representatives of all parties, irrespective of their size, talked about it. The parties that were for the Bill, talked about their concern towards the Hindus, Parsi, Christians and Sikhs in three of our neighbouring countries. The parties that were opposing this Bill were worried about the secular fabric of our country being destroyed and the future of democracy in India.

In total around 391 people spent around 12 hours discussing people who are not the citizens of India. But it is so very unfortunate that not a single person in that big hall wanted to talk about the safety of our women and children. Not a single person in that hall wanted to have an all-party delegation to be created to meet the president and ask him to give a verdict on the mercy petitions that are pending on his side which are related to cases like Nirbhaya. No one was interested to talk about asking the president to deny the mercy petition and expedite capital punishment.

Within a few days of the Hyderabad incident, a few other cases of rape victims being burnt and tortured came into light. As soon as these cases happened our media houses became hyperactive and again discussions happened and the blame game started.

Each and every department starting from the police to the judiciary has to be blamed and I am not interested in discussing the faults of these systems in India. My concern is that even after such gruesome heinous crimes came into light not a single politician from the government or opposition came forward and said that enough is enough let us forget our differences let us stop the blame game. Let us not try to point fingers at each other and come up with a comprehensive plan that really safeguards the women and children of this country.

Is it so very difficult for the political parties to do that? They will get so many chances to prove their rivals wrong and do politics but this is an issue which needs their attention. The winter session will end within two days and maybe by the time my article would have been published the winter session would have already ended. All the MPs and MLAs would go back to their constituencies and get busy with, God knows what, and try to portray that they are the torchbearers of this country’s secular fabric.

 I am a citizen of this country and I can assure you that come what may, there will be no harm to the secular fabric of this country. This country was, is and will be secular forever. But will it be safe for our future generation? That is a question for which, am afraid, I have no answer.  We elect you to serve us. Please do something to save our women and children.

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Chandrashekhar Siva

Chandrashekhar is a avid reader and an enthusiastic writer and blogger who loves to write about various topics which have a bearing on the lives of the people. He has a master's degree in computer science and is working as a manager in an IT firm in Chennai.

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