No amount of mourning or criticism is going to change the reality. We have to accept and digest the bitter fact that a governor representing a democratically elected government has been gunned down in cold blood in broad daylight.
How shocking or unsettling it may seem, a section of our society basks and celebrates the brutal murder. It wont be long before they come out roaring in the support of the person who has openly confessed to the killing and is caught red handed. Whatever his reasons were, how can one justify resorting to such brutal extremes ? If there were any grievances, they ought to be brought to the law that is the authority to bring the person to the book. What appears to be a straightforward, plain and shut case of murder shouldn’t be springing any surprises. But when the judiciary and the government get under fire do they have the guts to take the heat and stand up for the obvious ? Or is that we have more disbelieving shocks coming our way and another idol in the making ?
Whatever the discourse maybe, standing at this critical juncture, the repercussions are far reaching. The obvious fallout is the intensifying and deepening chasm and polarity within a highly fissured and sensitive society.
That is where it makes me rethink whether the democracy is the best form of governance, or more appropriately, is it the best fit to suit the particular needs of our society ?
The arguement that pops up time and again in defence is that what we are going through is a transitional phase and it is going to take some evolution and sacrifices before we emerge as a tolerant society. But, being Muslims, our faith and belief is first and foremost. The holy Quran and divine commandmants are beyond discussion or debate and the subsequent rung and layer comprising of laws encircling and protecting them are sensitive to the point of indiscussion. This is not going to change and stay how it is! That is what we have learned over the years and reaped time and again as we tumble through the long unending tunnel of self discovery and identity crisis.
The most unfortunate event draws our attention to many glaring and startling realities. Even though, the right wing parties show marginal representation during the electoral turn out, they have a strong and considerable tacit and sympathizing reserve and idle support bank in case of any fall back. The elements with their apparent lean and tilt towards the centre show a tendency to be promptly pulled by the extreme right in their emotional state of mind when induced or incited even today. Rationality and logic takes a back seat when it comes to pointing towards religious or sensitive issues. Debate is a far cry.
In an environment having such wholeharted and open acceptance for such extreme elements in the mainstream, projecting their marginalization with the passage of time seems a bit too farfetched.
Most prevalent aftermath of this tragic event may materialize in the form of lending greater impetus and yielding more space to the extreme right wing parasitic forces that are dangerously seeping in and already ingrained in our systems, thanks to illetracy, poverty and economic woes of our nation from where they extract their roots and tentacles.