[This is a reaction to Patiala house lawyers’ behavior on 17th February 2016, according to Times of India news report. I am very sceptical of news reports these days, still the ToI report sounded reliable and very disturbing early in the morning.]
Lawlessness of the lawyers is well known and there are dozens of instances in courts across the country in last few years when lawyers created a riot like situation and committed violence. There are many instances when they did it to save a member of their own community—a lawyer—from police action resulting from some crime committed by that member. Their relationship with the judiciary and the police is of mutual dependence and that gives them a certain confidence of handling these two favorably. As a result they have often blocked the process of law and delivered their own judgment.
But if I remember correctly most often they have used this brazenness to save some or other erring member of their own community from the just course of law. The Patiala house court incident is different. There the avowed objective is to ‘save the nation’. This might be the beginning of something sinister.
We have seen numerous riots in the name of religion and hurt feelings in the name of the God. This behavior of the ‘faithful’ has thoroughly discredited the religion and the God in the minds of thinking people; or at the least this malignant interpretation of the religion. The Patiala house incident has openly declared coming of the age of a new ‘Wrathful God’ THE NATION.
In the religious riots and hurt feelings’ issues—real or sham—the chanting has been “come what may I will defend my religion and God, and punish those who speak against it”. When the hurt feeling is boiled to a certain point the mob is ready to lynch and go berserk. The pot of misplaced national fervor—mostly sham and politically motivated—has been on the simmer for some time by now. The lawless lawyers of Patiala house are now declaring that this pot is on the boil; and new wrathful God called the Nation is coming out of it.
If you say anything that according to them goes against the nation they will lynch and beat you up. Once the principle is established, fervor is raised and the ideology of wrathful nation is spread widely enough no central engineering of riots is needed. The machinery starts operation automatically at the local levels and controlling it becomes very difficult.
The low machinery and successive governments have been very deferential towards the religious sentiment; that made the monster of religious riots very powerful and now everyone is scared of it. But it has also thoroughly discredited the religions in the minds of right thinking people.
Now the law enforcement agencies and the government seem to be very deferential to the sentiment of nation, they are allowing a new kind of hurt-feeling—hurt national feeling—to be established, to gain a sacred aura. This will become a new cause for rioting. You will see ‘nation riots’ like have been seeing ‘religious riots’; if this is not checked. And the suspicion it arouse for the genuine national feeling is too dangerous for the nation. Turning Bharatmata from vatshalya-mai to a wrathful and violent Chandika is too demeaning and dangerous for the Bharatmata herself. Those who genuinely care for India; be that in the form of a constitutional nation or Bharatmata; should stop this new wrathful, lawless and violent God being called “Nation”; this is an imposter; the real nation is sane, peaceful, rational and loving for all its citizens. Let us stop this replacement of the sane and rational nation by this demon unjustly masquerading as the nation.