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We Condemn! August 11, 2010

Posted by Gomathi Reddy in Desi Indian, General, News and Current Affairs, Politics.
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Ram Gopal Varma was a damn good director, until he started doling out Bhooth– kind of movies, which were more funny rather than spooky, which they were meant to be.  One of his best works was Gaayam, in Telugu, starring Jagapathi Babu and Revathi.  In one of the scenes from the entertainer, an angry reporter Revathi interacts with the politician Kota Srinivasa Rao, and demands an explanation for the current violence in the city of Hyderabad.  In typical Kota style, he says, “Memu Kandisthunnamu,” meaning, “We Condemn!”

We Condemn – That is the most favourite line of our politicians.  They condemn everything – the right-wing condemns everything from the left-wing and vice-versa, and the centrist parties are truly that – sit on the fence because they are never sure of whom they are likely to align with, and as a citizen you shouldn’t be surprised if they join hands with a party in the eastern part of India and condemn the same party in the west of India.  India is such a large country, and people are ridiculously short of memory and the one’s who do have some remnants of long-term memory left, are too busy with their own lives to condemn the leaders of this country and their game of convenient politics.  So there goes, condemnation from people – ignoring the politician is the best way of condemning them. But political leaders keep condemning everything – people, acts, ideas, everything – and if nothing else is happening, just to release a statement to the media, they condemn the opposition party.

In the last few weeks, I have noticed these 2 words, in as many news worthy sites as possible.  Take a look:

Clinton condemns killing of medical aid workers in Afghanistan

I was the first to condemn the incident: Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi

We condemn Pak Foreign Minister’s statements: Jayanthi on MSN Video

We condemn the brutal murder of RTI activist AMIT JETHAVA: Human Rights India

We strongly condemn the criminalisation of politics in Uttar Pradesh: Editor’s Guild

Jaya condemns Stalin agitation plan

We condemn US Church’s plan to burn Quran: God Believers Association (GBA)

We strongly condemn the lathi-charge on Chandrababu Naidu: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah

We Condemn Dis “honour” killings : Women Leaders

We condemn the CPI-M government of West Bengal.: Medha Patkar

We condemn the spiral of violence and counter-violence: Concerned Citizens of Chattisgarh

We Condemn ban on Hijab: Hundreds in Pakistan protest France’s burqa ban

We condemn the caste-system and in ninety-nine per cent cases strictly observe it: Public Opinion

And the best one is:

We CONDEMN the attempt to CONDEMN BJP and RSS leaders: Ravi Shankar Prasad

While the previous news items had reason for concern, the last one threw me in splits.

While diplomats never condemn anything – the strongest word they can get to use is “concerned” about something – politicians seem to almost have a copyright over “We Condemn!”  While international politicians like a Hillary or Obama “condemn” countries and heads of countries, only if they qualify as oil-rich or jihad-touting Taliban lands, Indian politicians have a free fall for these two words.

When do people use this statement?  When they are helpless and can do nothing about it? Or when they are the cause of it, and want to be seen as people on the other side of the fence?  Or when they have to defend themselves or a party person in right earnest, but have nothing in their defense and know that they are not worth the trouble? Most often statements from politicians fall into the second and third category.

The “helpless” ones are those who are marginalized in the society or are on the fringes of political class – they have nothing more to add, but a “We Condemn” and wait for democracy to take over – if at all, it will.



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Gomathi Reddy - August 11, 2010

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