It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
There is so much noise in
our lives. But we tend to forget it and move on. At times we presume it as
music. Don’t we? All these years our body and soul has been subjected to so
much violence that we forget these little little things. And rightly so.
Just take a walk on a road
and see how every person who drives a car loves to horn. Honking is our all
time favourite hobby. From judges to MLAs, bureaucrats’ to police official
everyone who thinks he is someone here prefers to honk on people while driving.
This has never been an issue here. Talk to any officials instead of engaging
you in conversation, he shouts. Senior shout on subordinates and subordinates
on their subordinates. Wives on husbands and husbands on their children. And
children on each other.
But we tolerate it. While we
drive we keep music on and drive at high speed. And when we bump someone off
the road, we seek forgiveness and we readily get it. The victim feels it was
his fate. “I am very sorry. God saved you,” the driver after a hitting person
would plead. Means I tried to kill you but God saved you. We even forget this
too and forgive people for such brazen acts. Bashir Ahmad Khan was once
Chief Justice of the High Court. He was reprimanding police officials for noise
pollution. That you are not stopping it. Fine drivers, fine all those who
indulge in such activities. There is so much noise pollution in the air. This
deafening noise is intolerable. This has to stop… Khan, however, could not
continue his reprimanding discourse on noise pollution and its adverse effects
on human body especially human ear. He had to take long pause as to the
amusement of everyone in the Court vehicles in front of the High Court premises
would stop and honk. Why should not they? Just
see how alarm bells continue to ring when vehicles of judges drive on the
roads, when MLAs move around, when politician walk around, when senior
officials do rounds. When cavalcade of present and former chief minister’s move
on the roads. Why do we alone hear noise of loudspeaker? No newspaper in the
Valley will write a word against judges and the way they force their drives to
drive their vehicles. Not a word. Their noise is music to them. Only noise is
noise of loudspeakers. Why so? It is easy to target loudspeaker. Difficult to
take on siren of a judge or chief minister.