Ya, SSR will now rest in peace but what about Lankesh, Dabholkar and Pansare?

Sushant Singh Rajput’s death has been propagandised by the ruling party to claim more supporters whereas justice remains a far-fetched dream owing to complete lack of investigation of the death of Gauri Lankesh, Dr Narendra Dabholkar and MM Kalburgi. The death of an actor has been perfectly politicised and propagandised by the ruling party to win the support of the local people. All that is left to be said is that the categorisation of justice and the monopolisation of the same speak volumes of the BJP’s dictatorship where democracy and dissent are a farce.

As difficult as it may sound to grasp and swallow the fact that India has crossed more than 3 million COVID-positive cases with the highest increasing rate all over the world in last 24 hours, it is not surprising that Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s untimely and mysterious death has been able to gather more limelight. Ever since he was found hanging in his Bandra residence on 14th June, the actor’s fans set out on a digital media trial and have been storming the social media platforms. The eminent media houses have ardently engaged themselves in curating the minute bit of information to satiate the speculations of the Indian audience.

A movement has also been started unanimously by the actor’s fans and followers, demanding justice and closure. Well-known celebrities and political personas have lent their support for the movement. Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut who is quite famous for her questionable activities and commentaries and a perfect fascination for the right-wingers have been vocal about the very cause. It’s surprising how she blatantly ignores the existing caste system which is most prevalent and predominant in India but has every understanding and information about SSR’s death, people who might have been associated with it and is also quite sure of the fact that the actor did not suffer from any kind of mental illness. Sushant Singh Rajput’s former partner, Miss Ankita Lokhande and his sister have been leading the social media movement which ultimately led to the Supreme Court’s consent to CBI enquiry.

Meanwhile, Mr Arnab Goswami, a prominent journalist and the founder of Republic TV and a follower of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has acted more than efficiently, covering all the details, from SSR’s current bank balance, his text messages and Google searches to how his partner Miss Rhea Chakraborty had exploited him monetarily withdrawing a huge chunk of cash from his account and how she had been controlling his life through magic spells and witchcraft. It is again surprising as to how it is so difficult for Mr Goswami to telecast the auditing details of the PM-Cares fund, especially when he has been so instrumental in promptly bringing out the details and information about SSR’s suicide and since been tirelessly working towards securing justice for the Rajput family.

It is commendable as to how the Indian media has acted at crucial times as such, leading to the audience receiving pop-up notifications every five minutes rediscovering every other detail based on what was cooked on the day of SSR’s suicide, what music was played and how Rhea Chakraborty had reacted on confronting his lifeless body. On the very same day, an auto-driver in Patna died by suicide. He was rendered jobless overnight owing to the sudden declaration and imposition of the country-wide lockdown. Being the sole breadwinner of a family of seven people including his old parents, three kids and wife, he was unable to bear the burden of hunger, unemployment and poverty. This particular incident received no media coverage, attention or the outrage that it otherwise should have. Similarly, two-thirds of the rural farmers died by suicide unable to bear the brunt of lockdown. The high rural-urban divide, with the Indian media houses doing almost nothing to bridge the gap between the poor and the privileged have resulted in the lack of consideration and empathy for the working class and the people living in the margins.

As far as the CBI investigation is concerned, it is not new as to how flawed the Indian judicial system has been and how it has failed its people. Since the Janata Party came to power in 2014, they have made a mockery of democracy and dissent has been a foreign term with respect to the recent happenings. Minister of Law and Justice of India, Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad has hailed the Supreme Court’s decision of handing over SSR’s case to the CBI and at the same time remains blatantly ignorant of the fact that killers of well-known journalist Gauri Lankesh, social activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar and Kannada writer Professor MM Kalburgi are still roaming free due to the lack of concrete evidence and investigation. No charge sheet has been filed and the media houses have turned a blind eye to all these aforementioned incidents.

Gauri Lankesh, an outspoken left-wing journalist who headed the Kannada tabloid Gauri Lankesh Patrike, was shot to death by a 26-year-old Parshuram Waghmore on 6th of September 2017 in front of Lankesh’s Bangalore residence.

Waghmore had later told that he was brought to Banglore from Pune to “kill someone in order to save his religion”. It is not unknown that BJP’s Hindutva extremism was greatly hampered by Lankesh’s commentaries and news articles and she had received constant threats for the very same reason. The case has still been pending owing to no CBI investigation. It has been almost 3 years, and Lankesh’s family waits for justice and closure.

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Narendra Dabholkar was a social activist and doctor who was gunned down in 2013. Although, CBI investigations have held Sanatan Sanstha (a Hindu extremist group, working towards the creation of a Hindu Rashtra) guilty of instigating Dabholkar’s assassination, no concrete declaration has been made till date.

It has been seven long years and Dabholkar’s family has still not been able to garner justice and closure. MM Kalburgi, who was a learned man and the vice-chancellor of the Kannada University in Hampi was shot dead at his Karnataka residence on 30th August, 2015. Kalburgi’s wife has alleged that her husband was killed the same way as Dabholkar’s. The special investigation team appointed to probe into Kalburgi’s death claimed that two accused have absconded and it is difficult to trace them. Just like Lankesh’s and Dabholkar’s, Kalburgi’s family has also been waiting for justice. On the part of the judiciary and investigation team, it is quite surprising as to how they are unable to trace the murderers even after having specific and clear evidences.

In all the BJP ruled states, the ‘mysterious’ death toll increased exponentially during the citizenship law protests from 2019 to 2020. No investigation has been done, no charge sheet has been filed and nothing has been rightly reported as such. The concern of the government, law-making bodies and the citizenry for SSR’s suicide case and the complete ignorance of the victims of religious, communal and political violence will be remembered as a remarkable stand taken by and under the BJP Government!

The death of an actor has been perfectly politicised and propagandised by the ruling party to win the support of the local people. All that is left to be said is that the categorisation of justice and the monopolisation of the same speak volumes of the BJP’s dictatorship where democracy and dissent are a farce.

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