The most sacred duty of our political leaders seems to have become hurling allegations against one another. Turn to any news channel on the TV at any time and you will hear some politician accusing another one of some crime. The Prime Minister accuses the Leader of the Opposition of chicanery. The Chief Minister of Delhi accuses the Prime Minister of possessing fraudulent academic degrees. In Kerala which is going to the polls next week, every candidate’s speeches are spiced with aspersions cast on the integrity of his opponents. In addition to all the domestic laundry washing carried out in the public places, the Keralite is condemned to endure much laundry brought from Delhi by all the significant leaders including the Prime Minister.
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A Dalit student was raped and killed brutally (or killed and then raped, as reports have it) recently in Kerala. The police carried out the mandatory investigation in the most perfunctory manner because the woman was a penniless student belonging to a low caste, without any political clout or social support of any sort. Unexpectedly, however, the case shot to limelight when the Prime Minister himself took a personal interest in it. The Prime Minister took the politics of allegations to a new height (or depth, if you prefer) by politicising the murder of a woman who was a symbol of the helplessness of the poor people in the country.
As a helpless observer, I am left wondering why our leaders do nothing more than accusing one another of some crime of commission or omission? Why not do something for the people instead?
The plain truth is that nobody would have bothered about that Dalit student who was killed brutally had it not been the election time in Kerala. The painful truth is that the killed student is being killed again and again by the politicians by being converted into a political football that is kicked around in the playground of allegation-game.