Criminal syndicates exist in this country but so many of our leaders have chosen to ignore this reality. It is painful hearing about the chilling and harrowing experiences of victims of crimes in this country. Guns are pointed at the head of a son, daughters are dragged into a room and raped and the male members are beaten all over their bodies. One female recounted that she was beaten until she fainted only to regain consciousness to see the robbers standing over her.
Criminals are a feature of all society hence all civilizations have opted to have professional police force to manage crime. Hindu epics and puranas abounds with detailed accounts of encounters between gods and the demons. The Ramayana tells the story of Rama’s encounter with Ravana, an evil king, to retrieve his wife who was kidnapped by the latter.
Despite these accounts in our holy scriptures, too many citizens take their security for granted, going about eating geera pork, drinking puncheon rum, belching and farting. It was exactly this attitude that pervaded in the subcontinent that led to the political, social and economic collapse of society and the mass conversion of Indians into alien belief systems. Our ancestors fought valiantly to resist these alien forces but the task remains unfinished. It is time for Indians to learn from the experiences of other cultures and how they dealt with invasions.
Spain rose to a global power only after she successfully expelled the Moors from her country. The Castilians rose to the challenge and expelled to Moors and Jews and rebranded their Spanish identity to the region. This only happened after the warring kingdoms were united into one kingdom under the leadership of Raja Ferdinand and Rani Isabella. The royals subsequently sponsored the voyages of Columbus that led to the discovery of the Americas.
In the Mahabharata Bhagwan Krishna urged Arjuna to fight the Kauravas who were evil. Arjuna wanted to negotiate a truce to deal with the threats and confrontations. Arjuna appeared to have lost the morale to fight for dharma. Material welfare and personal wellbeing appear to have taken precedence. It is certainly not the Indian way and Sri Krishna rightfully rebuked Arjuna for the range of excuses to rationalize his decision not to engage in battle.
Krishna pointed to Arjuna that fighting the war is a win-win results, that is, should Arjuna had died, he would have won a place in heaven; and if victorious, he would have a kingdom to enjoy. It was clear that Krishna was urging Arjuna to engage in a righteous war for his safety and welfare.
If crime has to be curtailed it cannot be achieved by hiding behind the curtain when a decision has to be made to elect a Commissioner of Police. Citizens have to wake up to the reality that if there is no law and order in a society, they would have to live at the mercy of criminals.
To have politicians undermining the due process laid down in law for the selection of a Commissioner of Police is tantamount to undermining the constitution, the legal safeguards to protect rights and freedoms of citizens.
Now that it is public knowledge that the Cabinet is directly influencing the selection of the Commissioner of Police and undermining due process, it is all the reasons why civil bodies should speak up. The religious, social and business communities must register their dissatisfaction with the illegal interference of the executive arm of the government in the selection process.
Families need to become more involved in law and order. Youths should be encouraged to participate in sports and physical fitness so that they can be qualified, at least physically, to serve in the defense service.
While there is discrimination in the selection of candidates for the defense services, demands must be made to ensure equal opportunity and transparency in the selection of candidates. All social or psychological barriers that are denying citizens entry into the defense services must be identified, challenged and overcome.
Without law and order no society can progress. Families who are robbed and brutalized and killed in many cases are now discouraged to work for fear of their lives. Foremost in their minds is to sell their businesses and migrate. No society can strive when hardworking law-abiding citizens have to survive at the mercy of criminals. The solution is for citizens to become more proactive in the security of the country for their safety.