Given the secular orientation of the Indian Constitution, it simply cannot accommodate the corporate backed Hindu Nationalist agenda. Hindutva forces cannot bring in a “Hindu Rashtra” within the term and provisions of the Indian Constitution as it now stands.
In the wake of the retirement of the then incumbent Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra (who retired on 2nd October, 2018), a flurry of cases with came to be decided in the last fortnight of September upto 01st October, 2018 with great, and equally, grave implications for the future of constitutional laws and human rights in the country.
In an unprecedented manner, in the early morning hours of 28th August, 2018, the Pune - Maharashtra police, assisted by local state police, simultaneously launched a multi-state raid in the houses of 5 prominent human rights activist in Delhi, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Thane, arresting
Romila Thapar gave a title to her essay in her recently published book, “The Public Intellectual in India”. I want to borrow that title as a title of this note of mine. The title is: To question or not to question? That is the question.
My concern is with silence. As a negative quality silence is a reluctance to speak up and question. Such a silence is on account of loss of sensitivity and incapacity to be disturbed. In order to emphasize on the necessity to speak and not to remain silent on this historical occasion, I quote an urdu couplet by Faiz Ahmed Faiz,
On 26th June, 2018, human rights organizations had assembled at the Gandhi Peace Foundation, Delhi to remember the dark days of Emergency. This was an annual affair and Shri Kuldip Nayar was a regular speaker in these meetings. This time, too, he came and spoke. But his speech was different; it came from his heart and was quite moving. He ended by saying that the fight has not ended – there are issues much more serious than the Emergency and they have to be fought fearlessly with deep conviction – by listening to the voice of one’s own inner-self.