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Katju And The DYKWIAs: India's Stigmata

Here comes Markandey Katju, again, this time demanding that Sanjay Dutt, convicted by the Supreme Court in an arms charge related to the merciless terrorist slaughter of hundreds of Mumbaikars, be let off by the government. Here is the full, unedited text of his letter to the Governor of Maharashtra: 'Pardon Sanjay Dutt And Set Him Free'

According to Katju, here are the extenuating circumstances that justify his demand for impunity for Sanjay Dutt:

  1. The event happen [sic] in 1993 i.e. 20 years ago. During this period Sanjay suffered a lot, and had a cloud hovering over his head throughout. He had to undergo various tribulations and indignities during this period. He had to go to court often, he had to take the permission of the court for foreign shootings, he could not get bank loans, etc. 
  2. Sanjay Dutt has already undergone 18 months in jail.
  3. Sanjay Dutt has got married, and they have two small children.
  4. He has not been held to be a terrorist, and had no hand in the bomb blasts.
  5. His parents Sunil Dutt and Nargis worked for the good of society and the nation. Sunil Dutt and Nargis often went to border areas to give moral support to our brave jawans and did other social work for society.
  6. Sanjay in this period of 20 years has through his film revived the memory of Mahatma Gandhi and the message of Gandhiji, the father of the nation.  

Katju is not the only one who feels this way; the dons of the Mumbai film world, assorted politicians, and anyone else who feels entitled to pipe up have been shedding bitter tears for Sanjay Dutt The Hard-done-by. Dutt is such a fine and upstanding fellow from such a fine family (just like Markandey Katju) who, after all, deserves better, being from a better class of humans. Their goodness and righteousness should always be taken for granted, on the strength of their own protestations--the adversarial legal system, all the way up to the Supreme Court is redundant, when we have their word.  

Perhaps the aam admi, the kind who routinely gets it in the neck during these terrorist attacks, might also consider agreeing with this view. After all, the victims of Sanjay Dutt's terrorist buddies don't amount to much, having been mostly nobodies to begin with, and now safely dead for 20 years.

Let's count the ways, a through f, following Katju:

  1. The victims didn't suffer for the past 20 years; no clouds hung over their heads, nor were they visited by tribulations and indignities during this period. They were certainly not required in court, ever, and needed no permission to go abroad for film shoots, and, never having had to apply for any bank loans, couldn't say they had trouble getting bank loans.
  2. There was no question of the victims spending 18 months in jail.
  3. The victims never got married and never had any children small or large during this period.
  4. The victims were never suspected of being terrorists.
  5. The victims were worthless since their' parents, being ordinary folks and not big stars like Nargis and Sunil Dutt, only lived their lives and never did any big things.
  6. The victims never made any movies conflating sociopathic murderers and terrorists with Mahatma Gandhi.
The problem here is not Markandey Katju or his appeal or his opinions; this would just be one person's actions, however disgusting or morally bankrupt it might seem. What is troubling is that Katju is actually quite powerful, and, furthermore, his views and attitude constitute a faithful weathervane of the values of India's political and social elite, otherwise known as the Do-You-Know-Who-I-Am or DYKWIA subspecies of homo indicus. 
 
As Good Friday approaches, Indians who love and honour their country might reflect that the loathsome imprints left on our collective consciousness by the largely uncontested pratings of the DYKWIAs are akin to the stigmata inflicted by wicked and witless tyrants on the sacred body of Lord Jesus--who stood up for the nobodies of the world--and might harbour hope that, just maybe, their endurance will be rewarded by Liberation and Redemption.

 

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