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Issue No.: 571 | January 2015
 

The Hisar Seige

Ashok Karnik
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Every issue has at least two sides. A wise person examines all sides before coming to a conclusion. This is an attempt to present various sides of an issue so that a considered opinion can be formed.

POINT

A self-anointed Sant, Baba Rampal of Hisar, tried to display his muscle in defiance of all canons of law for over 10 days, forcing the entire police force of Haryana to engage itself in arresting a single individual. It exposed the ‘Andhashraddha’ (blind faith) of our innocent people, shameless use of religion by unscrupulous elements and the inability of our administration to act swiftly. The simple thing was for Rampal to surrender before the police. Instead, he built cordons of devotees to obstruct the police from arresting him. Any precipitate action by the police would have led to casualties in hundreds. News Channels described it as inaction of the police. Godmen are sprouting in every corner and their wealth is growing as blind followers shower gifts on them. There is another one in Punjab, who was frozen 11 months back in ‘samadhi’ but the disciples refused to give up the body. Can the society not intervene or is everything to be done by men like Dr. Narendra Dabholkar and die in the process?
COUNTER POINT

The Haryana State Government spent Rs.26 crore on the operation to arrest Rampal. The amount should be recovered from him. On such occasions, the media must act with a sense of responsibility. Every reporter and anchor pretends to be a General; that the disciples were equipped with molotov cocktails and gas cylinders to attack the police did not come into the calculation of the media. Our police are not as good as they ought to be but they are not imbecile as depicted by the media. The media should show patience to wait till the crisis blows over and then analyze events, find fault and apportion blame – not in the midst of a battle. The Western media has developed a sound system to keep out of the conflict zone till the action is over. In Rampal’s case, it would be a good journalistic project to find out his political linkage and the reason for his arrogance. The battle against ‘Andhashraddha’ has a long way to go. Meanwhile, all ‘Babas’ should be prevented from building private armies and running their own empires.
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