Sunday, September 28, 2014

To

Honourable Minister for Home, Shri Rajnath Singh
Respected Home Secretary Shri Anil Goswami

Dear Sir
I am a civilian citizen from Kerala, mailing to you due to the concern for my neighbouring state, Tamilnadu, in the context of riots and mob activities in TN, in wake of the conviction of Ms Jayalalitha, CM of TN.

Yesterday witnessed rampant mob activities in the state, disrupting road traffic, stoning buses, blocking trains, leaving passengers stranded in the roads and streets. Hooliganism at its worst, destroying public property in the face of Police personnel who were standing unconcerned.
The Kerala State Transport Corporation withdrew all their bus services to TN as and when the news of violence broke out and the commuting buses where called back from their services. Kindly note that this act by a Government of Kerala is a mockery towards the spirit of law and order and  justice expected of a Government or public sector body in a civilized society. "Play it safe" may be the policy, but a state Government running away from a riot doesn't suit a law enforced democratic society like ours. Kindly think about the message this act leaves on the civilian public who are left stranded on the roads, with no one to turn to or reach out to.
Does it mean that few miscreants in a state can destabilize the transport between two states? Are the state governments accountable to the majority of unorganised public or to a few organised miscreants?

This goes to prove that ours is a rather fragile democracy. As and when a slight disruption occurs, we need run off and hide?

The Kerala CM shri Oomen Chandy magnanimously stated to the press and TV channels that Kerala has nothing to worry about with regards to security problems and disruptions in TN, as if TN and Kerala are two separate countries.
Kindly note that there are no Statesmen in TN politics.

Whatever is happening is about personal vendetta between the major political players. Whereas personal vendetta and violence is limited the workers and leaders of lowest rung among political parties in other states, TN is an exception in that it is  a blatant and ruthless fact of spite and capriciousness and blood fued between the topmost leaders namely Ms Jayalalitha and Mr. Karunanidhi.

The Police and bureaucracy of TN are highy polarised and partisan.The general public are too high strung, emotional and sentimental. They would immolate themselves for displaying their allegiance for their leaders and engage in most shameless and mindless violence when provoked. And the political class would not mind provoking them to kill each other to extract political vengeance and milage.

All the schools in TN state were closed for the noon as  precaution against EXPECTED violence and riots. This speaks volumes about the rule of law in the state.
Kindly note that it was in 2002, after a previous court ruling against Ms Jayalalitha, a violent mob burnt up a school bus along with many girl students inside the bus.
Kindly do what is needful in bringing back rule of law  and please do whatever you can in your capacity to safe guard the lives and rights of the majority of the public bearing the brunt of hooliganism the organised mobbing, even if it means to recommend imposing Emergency in Tamilnadu.
Sincerely

Nataraj S Narayan

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