Freedom First
Freedom First

Home » Archive

Issue No.: 571 | January 2015

The Hisar Seige

Ashok Karnik
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.


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?

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.
Readers are invited to email their points of view on serious issues of the day to

 Readers who do not have the facility of a computer can also post (mail) their points of view on serious issues of the day to "Point Counter Point”, c/o Freedom First, 3rd floor, Army & Navy Building,
 148, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Mumbai, 400001.





Other Articles in this Issue

Between Oursleves

Between Ourselves

S. V. Raju


Aspi Moddie


Balraj Puri


Prime Minister Modi – Reforms and Governance

Modi and His Alter-Ego

Firoze Hirjikaka

The Late unlamented Planning Commission

The Mint

Swachh Bharat

Rekha Rao

Foreign Relations in the 21st Century

“Look East” to “Act East” and “Link West”: New Direction and Dynamism in Indian Foreign Policy

B. Ramesh Babu

Why China Wants to be a Full Member of SAARC

Nitin G. Raut

Point Counter Point : Every issue has at least two sides

Return of a Jihadi

Ashok Karnik

The Hisar Seige

Ashok Karnik

Mamata’s Ire

Ashok Karnik

Shiv Sena’s Contortions

Ashok Karnik

The Tibetans’ Struggle for Freedom

Missing the Whole Picture

Tsewang Sonam

World Human Rights Day



Constitution – an Instrument of Governance of A Nation: Austinian and Ambedkarian Perspectives

B. N. Mehrish

Some Thoughts on Our Judiciary and the Media

H. R. Bapu Satyanarayana

Justice Delayed

Farrokh Mehta

Threats to Upright Bureaucrats and the state of Investigative Journalism

V. Krishna Moorthy

The Jhagada Dals

T. H. Chowdary

Bharatiya Sanskriti Bhavans

T. H. Chowdary

The Rural Perspective

Agriculture and Rural Indebtedness - V

R. M. Mohan Rao

Book Review


Nani Gopal Mahanta


Sheryar Ookerjee


Direndra S. Jafa

Educating Adults

Legalise Prostitution: Shift the Onus on the State

Hina Manerikar

Review of the Right to Information (RTI)

N. S, Venkataraman


Many Voices from the past



Sentencing Oscar Pistorius

Judge Thokozile Matilda

On the Medical Profession

Eric G. Campbell,

Satyarthi’s Nobel Gets Muted Response

Business Standard,

Nehru and Kashmir

Brig. Suresh Sharma

Defence Budget

Brig. Suresh Sharma
The journal of the Indian Committee for Cultural Freedom
© Copyright Freedom First. All rights reserved.
Freedom First
3rd Floor, Army and Navy Building,
148, Mahatma Gandhi Road,
Mumbai - 400001. INDIA
Tel: +91-22-2284 3416, 6639 6366
Freedom First Archives
Quest Archives
Contact Us
About Us
About ICCF
About Freedom First
About Quest
Swatantra Party
Swatantra Party Documents