‘ We need to change medieval mindsets in our homes’
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.