This ill-fated remark has sent many observers into a tizzy. The Indian man has become the subject of scrutiny following several incidents of rape in the recent past. Such a remark has further exposed man’s attitude towards women in general.
Even though Abhijit Mukherjee has withdrawn his remark and offered an unconditional apology, the shock that this remark has generated is yet to wear off. The incident raises several questions. Why do the sons of famous fathers find themselves in such messes? Are these their fathers’ sins that have eventually come to haunt them?
Fortunately or unfortunately, the entire country has felt outraged and expressed shock at the insensitive nature of the remark. But all this outrage apart, haven’t the observers gone too far? Isn’t a sense of fatigue setting in with excessive outrage manifesting at the drop of a hat? Doesn’t this particular case of outrage come across as manufactured? On top of everything, is the subsequent apology or withdrawal of the remark a ploy to divert attention from the main issue?
The Government has been on the backfoot over the emotive issue of the Delhi assault. At the outbreak of protests, the Government was caught in denial mode. It refused to take these protests seriously. Its unwillingness to engage itself with the protesters proved to be suicidal when the police crackdown began on the peaceful protesters. The suspicion that the Government was trying to sweep the whole case under the carpet gained ground because of the the manner in which the police resorted to lathi-charge, tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protesters.
When force failed to do the trick, the campaign to discredit these committed and peaceful protesters began. The intention was to turn the focus on the protests and protesters from the victim and the issue pertaining to women’s safety. To some extent it succeeded. When an on-duty constable Subhash Tomar was rushed to the hospital due to a cardiac arrest that led to his death two days later, the false propaganda machinery kicked in and blamed the protesters for causing fatal injuries to him.
Soon this claim fell apart when images of Subhash Tomar being helped to get on his feet by the protesters surfaced and began to circulate on social networks. The revelation was so glaring that the Government had nowhere to hide by then. But sadly, it still refuses to read the writing on the wall.
The Government then flew the victim out of the country under mysterious circumstances. It is plain for anyone to see that this beleaguered regime is doing all it can to wipe the memories of this horrific crime from the nation’s collective memory.
Abhijit Mukherjee’s ill-timed remarks and immediate apology leave no doubt that efforts are still on to deflect the attention from the main issue. Abhijit Mukherjee is a mere pawn in a much larger game. Therefore, the sensible thing to do is to accept Abhijit Mukherjee’s ‘withdrawal’. This will help us preserve our energies for the real issue — bringing the guilty to book, putting new safety guidelines are in place, and most importantly, the safe return of the brave victim.