‘ We need to change me­dieval mind­sets in our homes’

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Milind De­ora

In al­most a decade of pub­lic life, I’ve wit­nessed my share of po­lit­i­cal move­ments. Some led to pos­i­tive change and oth­ers fiz­zled away. I re­call the Mum­bai ter­ror at­tack on 26/ 11/ 08 and the protests that fol­lowed. They led to the dis­missal of im­por­tant min­is­ters in the cen­tral and state gov­ern­ments. They also made ur­ban polic­ing a na­tional is­sue. Un­til then, the rhetoric on ter­ror­ism was largely sym­bolic and lim­ited to leg­is­la­tion like POTA. 26/ 11 changed that.

The bru­tal and bar­baric gang rape in Delhi 13 days ago, in my view, was one of In­dia’s — and cer­tainly ur­ban In­dia’s — most shock­ing acts of vi­o­lence, fol­lowed by spon­ta­neous out­rage and protests on our streets. Hopefully, sooner rather than later, jus­tice will be de­liv­ered and the city’s streets will be safer for women. Even­tu­ally though, we’ll all go back to busi­ness as usual.

And that’s ex­actly what wor­ries me. While gov­ern­ments and the ju­di­ciary were forced to re­spond, no one has been able to ar­tic­u­late what we as In­di­ans need to do in our own homes and most im­por­tantly, in our hearts and minds.

For in­stance, Anna’s cru­sade against cor­rup­tion was an im­por­tant so­cio- po­lit­i­cal move­ment that cul­mi­nated in more accountability.

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