Enact Law To Stop Blocking Of Roads Under Any Circumstances.


                            No matter how sacred the cause may be, there can be no justification for blocking roads under any circumstances. To exercise one’s own fundamental right to protest peacefully does not give anyone the unfettered right to block road under any circumstances thereby causing maximum inconvenience to others. It is high time and now a law needs to be enacted which would make it obligatory that under no circumstances can anyone be allowed to block roads or block any rail route or any route which would cause maximum inconvenience to others!

What has happened in Shaheen Bagh is most disgraceful and cannot be justified under any circumstances! Since last more than 50 days the route connecting Delhi and Noida has been blocked by protesters from Shaheen Bagh who are seeking the removal of Citizenship Amendment Act as they feel that it is discriminatory and are determined that this would not be allowed under any circumstances! Why has Centre allowed this to happen at the first place?

Why PM Narendra Modi along with UP CM Yogi Adityanath are busy launching scathing attacks on the Opposition for planning the blockade of Shaheen Bagh but are themselves doing nothing to clear the blockade? One can understand that Yogi is the CM of UP and not of Delhi but Narendra Modi is the PM of India and when he is seeing that Delhi government is doing nothing to clear the blockade then why is he himself not doing anything to clear it at all? Blockade of roads, national highways, rail routes etc cannot be justified under any circumstances!

What trend has PM Modi set by not doing anything on this till now? Why will others also not follow the same route as we see in Shaheen Bagh? Will it not lead our country on the surest path to anarchy?

Should we be proud of it? Should we clap when PM Modi says in election rallies that the real faces of many are getting exposed but himself doing nothing to clear the road? Why has Centre not acted at all since last more than 50 days?

Why even our Courts keep watching all this like a mute spectator? Why Courts and especially our Supreme Court which is the highest court of the land not ready to direct the clearing of road forthwith as it is the common man who suffers the maximum inconvenience due to such blockades? Why don’t the long term interests of the people at large placed on the highest priority even by Centre who is watching everything and making it a part of mud-slinging exercise with Opposition party leaders?

To hell with CAA and NRC if Centre is determined to allow anti-India slogans right in our national capital itself! To hell with CAA and NRC if Centre fails to enact a law whereby those who chant anti-India slogans are just booked for sedition and not expelled from India permanently and their citizenship rights are not promptly terminated! To hell with CAA and NRC if Centre allows “rogues and scoundrels” to occupy roads and public places as we are now seeing in Shaheen Bagh just to safeguard their own political interests and be fully satisfied by just indulging in futile “blame game exercise” as we are seeing this happen right in front of our eyes!

To hell with CAA and NRC if those who are illegal immigrants are expelled from India even though they love India to the fullest but those Indians who have all valid documents proving Indian citizenship are given unlimited freedom to abuse India openly and vandalise public property! To hell with CAA and NRC if Centre feels proud to allow  few bunch of people who are citizens of India by birth to openly occupy public roads and public places as we are now seeing in Shaheen Bagh and take no action against them and be happy with just criticizing Opposition parties and apportioning all blame on them alone! To hell with CAA and NRC if Centre justifies this in the name of “right to dissent” and takes no action to evict them from illegally occupying public roads!

My anger against PM Narendra Damodardas Modi was brimming fully when he decided to invite Pakistani ISI agents to inspect Pathankot and went uninvited to Pakistan! My anger swelled when he further stupidly and shamelessly declared “Ramzan ka ceasefire” which I consider as the biggest insult of Muslims as this directly places terrorists and Muslims on same footing which can never be justified under any circumstances over which majority of Muslims maintain a conspicuous silence and which Pakistani Army and terrorists exploited to send Border Action Team (BAT) across the border to India so that they could behead Indian soldiers with sharp weapons and then take their heads to Pakistan to play with them like football! When Centre says that terrorists have no religion then why the hell this “Ramzan ka ceasefire”?

As if this was not enough , PM Modi has now given full unfettered freedom to traitors and “tukde tukde gang” to chant anti-India slogans right in the heart of India and in the capital of India with full freedom! Should I salute PM Modi for this like I did when surgical strikes were carried out in 2016 and air strikes were carried out to avenge Pulwama terror attack in which we lost more than 40 of our brave soldiers? Certainly not!

How can I appreciate PM Modi if he behaves so cowardly? Why police force was used against our brave ex-servicemen in removing them violently when they were protesting peacefully demanding “One Rank One Pension” in totality but now why he has no guts to act against those who are not only blocking roads to cause maximum inconvenience to public but also chanting anti-India slogans and stopping media from entering there and placing women and children ahead so that no action is taken? Why different laws for ex servicemen and for those residing in Shaheen Bagh? This is certainly most befuddling!

Why cheap politics is being played on this? Why are forces not ensuring that no person is allowed to block roads and public places as they like as per their own whims and fancies? Why Centre is not giving a free hand to forces so that illegal usurpation of roads and public places is removed at the earliest? Why Centre is allowing this national insult?

Why all parties in India very strongly believe that under no circumstances should citizenship be terminated of those Indians who behave like soldiers of Pakistan and vow to fulfil their agenda by burning Indian flags, abusing our Constitution and chanting slogans of “Azadi” and “Bharat tere tukde-tukde karenge hum? Why it took many decades to end ‘Most Favoured Nation’ to Pakistan which India most stupidly and most shamelessly conferred on it unilaterally in 1990s? Why we don’t follow Justice Markandey Katju who says that, “Pakistan and Bangladesh are fake countries and till 1947 integral part of India and when father Jawaharlal Nehru created one fake country called Pakistan then daughter Indira Gandhi stepped ahead and created another fake country called Bangladesh? But I am sure that in next few decades they both will be merged with India.” Now PM Modi has created Shaheen Bagh by taking no action and God knows what will be created in the coming days and  what will happen if this is replicated by anti-Indian agents all across the country?

What a complete mockery is being made of India! How can lawless people be allowed to hold the traffic of our country to ransom for more than 50 days? Why no action has been taken by Centre on this for such a long time till now?

When CAA does not take the citizenship of any Indian then why so much of brouhaha over it? Why can’t more tolerance be demonstrated on it? Who is behind all this also needs to be investigated now!

Why vote bank politics is being played and why our national interests are being gravely compromised on this? Why no political party is ready to make sure that public roads are never occupied under any circumstances by anyone on any ground whatsoever? Where is our nation heading for?

Why mobocracy is ruling in Shaheen Bagh and not rule of law? Why Centre is most astonishingly not doing anything on this and is happy by just blaming everything on Delhi Government where it is the Lieutenant Governor who calls the shot and who too dismally fails in doing anything decisive on it? Why even Supreme Court has failed to act decisively on this by suo motu taking cognizance and calling for immediately lifting the siege of roads and public places in Shaheen Bagh?

What precedent is being set? Will this not encourage others also to do similarly? Why is Pakistan being allowed to set India’s agenda through its proxies in India?

I can never support this under any circumstances no matter who does it! Even if Jats to which community I belong block roads and highways I will never support it under any circumstances! If Jats boycott me or even expel me for not supporting them then so be it but I can never be a party to anything which hurts our national interests under any circumstances! This can never be good in protecting the long term national interests of our country which are paramount and stands above everything else including me!

By any reckoning, Centre has certainly not covered itself with glory by not doing anything to ensure that the common man does not suffer because of a few lumpen people in Shaheen Bagh! This is no way to protest that you block roads for more than 50 days! Should we be very proud and excited about it?

No doubt, Centre has demonstrated quite explicitly that it is just interested only in expelling illegal immigrants even if they profess loyalty to nation as they don’t have valid documents but those Indians who have all documents are free to chant anti-India slogans and chalk out plans to divide India as long as they feel like as we are seeing right now over which there is a huge national outrage as anti national slogans are unacceptable under any circumstances and even eminent legal luminary and senior Apex Court lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi voiced his utmost concern on the repeated chanting of anti-national slogans and this is certainly not a good news for Centre led by PM Narendra Modi himself who is not doing anything to end this impasse! Centre is watching shamelessly in silence on what is happening in Shaheen Bagh and yet doing  absolutely nothing to stop it! Most disgusting!

On a departing note, it must be said unequivocally that Centre is to be squarely blamed for allowing things to turn for the worse in Shaheen Bagh! Protest is a fundamental right of every Indian but this cannot include right to abuse India and vowing to break India to pieces and blocking roads, rail routes etc! Strictest action must be taken promptly against anyone who blocks roads, rail routes and if a law is needed to do this, it must be done right now but we see nothing happening in Shaheen Bagh even as more than 50 days have passed! This is the real tragedy!

Sanjeev Sirohi

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