For Dj,‘some an­i­mals are more equal than oth­ers’

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THE fir­ing of DJ Pauline Sang­ham re­minds me of Ge­orge Or­well writ­ing “some an­i­mals are more equal than oth­ers”.

Sang­ham said she was like a lamb go­ing to the slaugh­ter, which con­tex­tu­alises her un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion. She was also pre­vi­ously dis­missed for a mix-up with show dates and later re­in­stated.

It seems Lo­tus FM has fi­nally got rid of her – per­haps to in­tro­duce new voices to its line-up.

The gen­eral rule of thumb is to keep away from re­li­gious posts on so­cial me­dia, es­pe­cially if you are in the lime­light. Sang­ham may have bro­ken this code in com­ments that she felt elicited a re­sponse.

Dab­bling in re­li­gious de­bate is counter-pro­duc­tive and achieves noth­ing. At some point one is bound to get emo­tional and make a state­ment that may seem cor­rect to you but highly of­fen­sive and in­flam­ma­tory to some­one else.

Once the send but­ton is pressed, the con­se­quences can be dire.

Sang­ham had to pay the ul­ti­mate price for what seemed an in­tel­lec­tual de­bate on a blog. She was threat­ened with fat­was. As a sin­gle mother with two chil­dren and a sole provider.

The ques­tion that needs to be an­swered is: If Sang­ham was of a dif­fer­ent race, for ex­am­ple, an African, would the same puni­tive mea­sures have been meted out?

There have been out­ra­geous de­hu­man­is­ing state­ments made by of­fi­cials of the leg­is­la­ture who only got away with a slap on the wrist and, in some cases, the ut­ter­ances dis­ap­peared; hence the state­ment “some an­i­mals are more equal than oth­ers”.

Sang­ham has pub­licly apol­o­gised ac­knowl­edg­ing the de­cree that she is hu­man and prone to mis­takes.

As a so­ci­ety, we have lost our hu­man­ity and are un­able to for­give.

The Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mis­sion was based on ad­mit­ting your mis­takes and say­ing sorry to the na­tion. Have we be­come so hard and in­sen­si­tive as a na­tion that all our bat­tles must be fought with threats and through the courts? Why must we al­ways go for the jugu­lar?

What has hap­pened to sim­ple pro­cesses of dis­pute res­o­lu­tion such as meet­ings, fact-find­ing or even ar­bi­tra­tion where af­fected par­ties got to­gether to ar­tic­u­late their con­cerns?

If there was con­struc­tive en­gage­ment with the ob­jec­tive of re­solv­ing this is­sue, she might have been given a warn­ing for what some con­sider den­i­gra­tory re­marks and would have been able to con­tinue to sup­port her fam­ily.

Warn­ing: be­ware of what you say or post in the pub­lic space. VI­JAY SURUJPAL

Phoenix

DJ Pauline Sang­ham… was Lo­tus FM in too much of a hurry to fire her? A reader be­lieves we should be more for­giv­ing.

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