Paramakudi Blood questions Democracy


Shooting at Paramkudi is one more bead in chain of incidents that have occurred Dalits in India. It is very typical of police-forces, government and media the way they have responded to the incident.

Oppression of Dalits is very much observable throughout India. They might assert themselves through legitimate means of agitation for equality, opportunity & their rights. But tragedy is that even such basic human rights are denied.

Shooting at agitating Dalits is quite typical of throughout India. It feels as if it’s a textbook rule amongst police forces to shoot at Dalits if the police know that it is Dalits who have gathered to agitate. Ramabai Nagar firing in 1997 is one such fine example.

“Deny them basic human rights.

Deny them dignity.

Deny them opportunity.

If they make their presence felt, oppress them.

Use them and worst of all ignore their existence.”

This is what a typical Indian leader believes in.

India got its freedom from British Raj more than 60 years ago but then again whose democracy is it anyway if the government shoots at people the way Kim Jong Il or any brutal regime would do.

Is democracy a selective phenomenon where one is qualifies for it while othersdon’t? Is it just for the namesake?

Anna Hazare’s movement was one where blaming the democracy had become trendy. Anna’s agitators were ignoring the fact that they were ones who were enjoying the best of liberty’s fruits historically. Places like Paramkudi are where democracy is denied & such are the places where we know how valuable democracy really is. Over one side (in places like Paramkudi), basic democratic rights are denied; while over the other side (like in case of Anna’s movement), agitation is romanticized and unrealistic demands hold the whole republic on ransom for several months.

Firing at oppressed people is a tool to intimidate them from getting organised and agitating in future. It is a kind of threat that is made by the government to the people. The threat says that, “if you are going to come out of your homes agitating for the injustice done or for demanding any rights or making their presence felt in any possible way, then you will not be spared. You will face the same consequences.”

Such kind of threatening does work very well. It makes oppressive forces existing in caste-ridden society bolder after such state-sponsored terrorism. They know that they can go on afflicting atrocities on hapless poors. Poors don’t find any solution out of their problems. They bear the atrocities for few more days and then again come out agitating out of helplessness somewhere in India. Again, state suppresses any such movement and the vicious cycle goes on. What the state should instead do is that it should offer a patient hearing to the concerns raised and do something about it.

One more trend that is typical in India which became evident from Paramkudi incident is that there was not even a single reliable news-report about the incident.

This is preposterous!

With so many national news-channels and innumerable local news-services, why couldn’t even a single one manage to do justice to this news happening at Paramkudi? No wonder India’s press freedom is nothing but a myth. Indian press is nothing but an instrument for brain-washing. India has ranked 122nd in 2010 behind Qatar and before Zimbabwe according to Press Freedom Index. Paramkudi incidence exemplifies why this is so?

 It is high time that our dear politician should avoid such shortcuts of oppression and should instead implement policies which would bring social justice.


Author is a Medical Student and  a Web Activist from Mumbai, India. You may contact him here.

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