INDIA- IS IT REALLY A SECULAR STATE?
Journalists– India has always taken a pride in claiming her status as a secular and a democratic country as mentioned in the Constitution. In the wake of national events such as Republic Day or Independence Day as well as in the famous Wagah Border where people from both the nation, would rejoice for their country and shout slogans.
These acts, however, doesn’t connect with the real-time incidents damaging the country’s reputation. Ranging from, caste discrimination, child- marriage, honour killings, rapes- both marital and child, meat ban and the more recently, the large-scale protests regarding the arrest of Ram Rahim, all those pride and honour that we preach about standing united and chanting the national anthem makes no sense at all.
INDIA STILL AN ANCIENT LAND IN REALITY WITH THE 21ST CENTURY BACKDROP
As the title says it all, India is actually in a 21st-century dreamland with the ancient reality. Recalling all those shameful incidents that made massive headlines, there is no point in trying to live up to the expectations of making an India a modern nation.
WHEN THE EVIL STRIKES BACK IN A HORRIBLE WAY: INDIVIDUALS MURDERED FOR SPEAKING OUT AGAINST INJUSTICE AND CORRUPTION:
The recent cold blooded murder of a senior Kannada journalist, Gauri Lankesh left several people in shock. She ran the weekly, Gauri Lankesh Patrike, a Kannada tabloid, and worked for communal harmony. She often spoke out against the prevailing ancient practices that had affected women and girls, as well as caste discrimination and so on. She was shot dead by three men in a bike outside her residence in Bangalore.
In 2015, a journalist named Jagendra Singh in Uttar Pradesh was burnt alive. He was a freelance journalist who reported critically on politics and current affairs in Hindi language. Before he died, Singh gave a detailed statement to the police where he explained how a bunch of cops on the instructions of a powerful member of the ruling party of the state of Uttar Pradesh in 2015 had held him down and set him on fire. He had written extensively about the criminal activities of this politician.
He was a senior journalist of the Hindi daily, Hindustan’s Siwan who was shot dead at Siwan town in Bihar. He had covered Siwan politics and crime extensively and had penned several reports on court proceedings against corrupt politicians.
He was working as a correspondent for some Jabalpur based Hindi dailies. He was allegedly murdered by three people involved in illegal mining. They kidnapped him and set him on fire when he refused to withdraw a court case.
He was at the forefront of a campaign that persuaded the Maharashtra government to pass an anti-superstition and black magic bill. How he died: He was shot dead by unknown assailants in August 2013.
He was an Indian scholar of Vachana sahitya and academic. He served as the Vice Chancellor of Kannada University in Hampi. According to reports, he had criticized idol worship, which lead Hindus to file a case against him. He was shot dead at his residence by unidentified gunmen in August 2015.