Without either of the education or wealth, the
desire to have more male children is borne out of the realities of life and
despite the exhortations of our new Prime Minister to save and educate girl
child, I suspect, it will continue to remain so.
It is not very likely that in near future the
entire population of India will become educated and very rich. Hence to expect
that things will change overnight because our Prime Minister has said so is
nothing short of living in the dreamland. Societies have to focus on the basics
when the entire infrastructure crumbles down. Clear rules must be laid down that
enable everyone to prosper and progress and not just the few. Distribution of
wealth and education to the lower rungs of society should be a systematic
phenomenon and not dependent on the generosity of the rich.
It is my view that rebuilding of any society has
to start with an effective law and order machinery. After all, the mythological
“Ram-Rajya” that Indians, irrespective of their religion, talk and dream about
was marked mainly by its justice where the king does not hesitate to take even
the most extreme step of abandoning his wife to restore the faith of the citizen
on the state and its legal justice machinery.
Justice, as they say, must not simply be carried
out, but also seen to be carried out. True lasting development can only happen
in a lawful society where citizens know their rights and responsibilities and
those falling short of the agreed common expectations are held to account. Only
then can individuals truly express themselves without fear. Only then will we
see common men and women working for common good and not just to promote their
selfish interests. Only then will we see communal clashes disappear. Only then
will we see rapes decreasing. Only then will we begin to curb female foeticide.
And only then will we begin to see a clean India.
In a lawful society, rapists will be punished and
the punishment will not just be to ensure justice but also serve as a deterrent
for others. In a lawful society, parents and doctors involved in female
foeticide will be put behind bars. In a lawful society, parents unable to look
after their children will lose their custody. In a lawful society, politicians
inciting and abetting communal violence will be taken to task. In a lawful
society, person discarding their rubbish inappropriately will be fined on the
spot. In a lawful society, municipal officers responsible for maintaining a
clean public toilet will be held accountable if the facility is not appropriate
for use by human beings. In a lawful society, every person will get on with
their jobs to the best of the abilities and continually work to make things even
better. They will be kept under check by the forces of law and rewarded for
going a step further. Only in such a society the dream of a clean, fair India
will become a reality.
I would hence urge Mr. Modi to concentrate on
building a lawful society and country. Rest will take care of itself.
Kamal Kumar Mahawar is an obesity specialist and a bariatric surgeon working as
senior consultant with Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi. He
is also the Editor of India's First Online Muslim Newspaper "IndianMuslimObserver.com."]