From a plummeting economy to the alarmingly rising numbers of the coronavirus cases in India, the past six months have been extremely challenging for the country. And while one would like to expect otherwise in this time of crisis, the political and social faultlines of the country have been revealed during this time in ways that'll make you question every single system here.
In a shocking incident recently, a Gujarat constable, Sunita Kanani, was transferred simply because she got into an altercation with an MLA's son. Her fault? She questioned Prakash Kanani and his friends for roaming out during the curfew hours in Surat. Prakash is the son of Varachha Road MLA and Minister of State for Health, Kumar Kanani.
Earlier on Wednesday, when Sunita stopped Prakash's friends for breaking the curfew and not wearing their masks while they were out on the road. The friends then called Prakash who showed up immediately and got into an argument with Sunita. As per media reports, he then allegedly threatened the cop and told her that he will "make you [her] stand at the same place for 365 days".
However, unperturbed by his arrogance the cop stood her ground and repeated that lockdown violations were the cause of her stopping them when she got on a call with the MLA. She also pointed out that Prakash was going around in his father's car that had the nameplate and MLA tag and promptly questioned the health minister for the same.
This clearly did not go well with the minister and after the incident, Sunita was transferred to the police headquarters and was sent on sick leave. Meanwhile, an inquiry has been launched by Surat Commissioner of Police RB Brahmbhatt. Prakash along with two of his friends was also arrested on Sunday but was later released on bail.
This brings to light the deep-seated roots of corruption in the country and how more often than not it is the political power that presides over everything else. This, of course, is not the first time that political power in the country has been employed to wrong ends or someone else had to pay the price after a political brat decided to flout the rules. Just earlier this year, Aman Bahadur, the son of former Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) MLA Shamsher Bahadur was arrested for allegedly killing a college mate for getting into a verbal allocation with him.
It is a matter of great concern that not just the political honchos but their children too display the kind of entitlement that simply brings no good. Meanwhile, Twitterati is enraged since a video of Sunita talking to the health minister on the phone has gone viral on Twitter. Here's what they have to say:
आपके बेटे के मित्रों ने #CoronaCurfew तोड़ा#Mask नहीं पहना #MLA की कार लेकर आपका बेटा घूम रहा है— Vinod Kapri (@vinodkapri) July 12, 2020
गुजरात के स्वास्थ्य मंत्री #KishoreKanani को बिना डरे ये सब कहने वाली Constable #Sunita को अब नौकरी छोड़नी पड़ गई है।इस बहादुर बेटी सुनीता को आपका साथ चाहिए#IsupportSunitaYadav pic.twitter.com/YtAhscxWfg
As Twitterati reacts in outrage to this incidence, it is important for all of us to understand the actual implications of political supremacy in the country. At a time when we passionately debate the prevalence of nepotism in the entertainment industry, it is time we realise that the malady exists everywhere in the country. And when it comes to politics, not only does nepotism exist but manifests in ways where an honest professional is penalised for just doing their job while those in power recklessly flout the rules. When will this end?
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