After reading a friend's status message, "While everyone is going crazy for Talwars' reputation, what about the dignity of those three servants who never got justice in the first place, and the last?" i was wondering does she actually care about Krishna, Rajkumar and Vijay Mandal or is it another self-righteous rant that we, the Indian middle class, are so good at.
Was busy inflicting my haughty opinion in the comments section when i realised that it is getting too big to fit in, so re-routed the rant on my almost dead blog. So here you go:
The fact is media has robbed "those three servants" of their identity, here also she mentions their generic occupation (servants), not names! Almost everyone who has followed the case knows about Aarushi, Nupur & Rajesh Talwar (heck, few people might even know names of extended Talwar family as well) but how many remember about these three who do not even have names! They are 'accused' inside the court, and 'servants' outside it.
Our fiercely "independent" media shouts the names aloud, people repeat after them.
TS Eliot wrote a long time back,
"We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!" -- that's what bharat ki janta is, group of scarecrows standing in a queue, waiting for their respective turns in front of the telly as the Barkhas, Rajdeeps & Goswamis of the world tell them what it is to be an Indian, and a patriot at the same time.
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