When main stream journalism has turned into a vacuous media circus which is a mere face of the ruling and corporate interests, there are people like her who courageously fought in her corner to make a difference against right wing fascism that is plaguing our society, where truth and facts are hidden behind political theatre in social, broadcast media and print media. Many of us might not have read her articles, but what good does it do to anyone, bringing that flimsy argument forward to curb the voice against fascist flavour. The word fascism is used left and right by people and that is what right wing want as well, normalise the word, just like any other word.
Lynching a man for eating beef has fascistic flavour, journalists being shot dead for writing and speaking their mind has fascistic flavour. An unarmed woman being shot dead for her words? Her writings? Her thinking? Why are people empowered to do such cold murder frequently in the past few years? ( Am not being apologetic to political murders at all here, there have been RSS-CPIM political murders a lot in Kerala). But why is it that a woman who has no history of violence or in any political gang war is shot dead in front of her house? Why was she on a hit list? Of whom? Are we lacking common sense here?
People who say it is just another Indian law breaking incident, as usual, has to be emotionally dead or have lost to empathise and reflect as a society. If you do not see the bigger threat here, you are in fool’s paradise of economic liberalism and development that is another whole can of worms which media is feeding you to wait for a mirage which will never come.
Think about what sort of a country you want to live in…A government that empowers fanatic fringe elements to make a mockery of liberty and freedom of speech and our diets? Or a country where even if there is a long way to development and economic glory, still a country where people can live without fear?
Excercise your rights, your thinking, your vote to make India a secular republic, maybe not perfect yet, but still, a place where we can dream about a less corrupt equal society before people are divided by fear and identities.
To all you writers with your mighty pen, keep going comrades but be safe, fear be damned is easy to say, but in real fascism is terrorising. It indeed is!
“Before mass leaders seize the power to fit reality to their lies, their propaganda is marked by its extreme contempt for facts as such, for in their opinion fact depends entirely on the power of man who can fabricate it.”
― Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism