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No More Hartals, Please!

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And Kerala hits a century to claim the title spot!

The October 16th hartal was the 100th hartal in last 10 months in God’s Own Country. Sadly, this does not call for a celebration, rather an appraisal to find a way out of this social menace! This saga of hartals seems to be never ending, as various political parties befool common people saying they are doing it for ‘people’s welfare’. There is absolutely no doubt about the fact that, despite specific directions by the Supreme Court and the High Court, political parties are frequently calling hartal and strikes, seriously inconveniencing citizens.

Who wants hartal?
The party that called for the 100th hartal claimed that ‘people wanted this hartal’, to protest against price rise of fuel, etc. Now that the hartal is over, has it had any positive effect? No. One of my facebook friends rightly quoted: “Nobody wants hartal; only the political fraternity wants it, which is for political gain only.” Truly, this has nothing to do with the welfare of the people and in fact is against the interest of the majority of people. It’s a matter of pity that the politicians neither understand what the people wants, nor the loss the people and the state incur due to a day of shutdown. Or, are they pretending they don’t understand? Probably yes, because, as I understand, from time to time these political parties are creating an opportunity for the criminal-minded followers to vent out their instincts on a legal platform; at the expense of the general public.
After every hartal the party that organises it would say, ‘it was great success’. Yes, it is, because it is fear-mongering that wins hartals in Kerala, and nothing else! People choose to ‘stay out of trouble’, rather than participate to make the hartal a success. This is a point that political parties conveniently choose not to understand!
The only ray of hope I see at the end of the dark tunnel is the intervention of the honourable Kerala High Court, who, while terming the hartal as illegal, directed that various departments should go hand in hand to ensure the safety of the public on the hartal day. Thanks to the HC for voicing the people’s concerns by directing the ruling government to dispel hartal fears, and that whenever a hartal or a strike is called, the government should take adequate measures to see normal life is not paralysed.
Certainly, protesting against injustice is a priceless democratic right. However, that shouldn’t be by invoking more inconvenience to people – through intimidation and vandalism. Hartal in its real terms is ‘satyagraha’, a peaceful means of protest. But what we have in the name of hartal today is ‘Bandh’, that has been abolished – old wine in new bottle!

A Ray of Hope:
This social menace shall never be repeated in God’s Own Country if various political party leaders decide not to do so. Time has encroached once again to hold on to the time-tested mantra of “satyagraha”, rather than ‘atyagraha’ (covetousness). However, we can’t be so optimistic that this menace can be wiped out instantly, knowing well how our democracy functions. However, a ray of hope is that many villages, irrespective of politic inclinations, have come forward to unitedly say ‘No to Hartal’. This is a good symptom for change that should be encouraged. Let’s hope that good sense prevails!

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7 Comments on "No More Hartals, Please!"


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Asok Kumar Manikkath
11 months 9 days ago

100% agree with NO HARTAL motto , hartal is only creating problem for ever one and that too sudden and surprise that create more problem for the common people who has planned their wedding or trip etc.. even the death at the time of Hartal create lot of trouble …. NO HARTAL

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Tejo George
1 year 19 days ago

I agree with you Sir, Hartals affect the poor and lower middle class the most as many of them live on their daily earnings. The daily labors small shop owners and salesmen, auto and taxi drivers, pvt. bus workers factory workers etc are living on their daily earnings. If they could not work on a day they lost a days wages which affects daily needs of their family. But as we know the govt. servants teachers employees of public utilities and enterprises bank employees govt companies politicians etc have nothing to lose as their wages and salaries are guaranteed even if there is no work. People lost a day of service from such employees but they all will get their remuneration even if they didn’t serve the public on such days. So the hartal affects the poor most but our leaders always claim that they do it for the poor. We have to find a better way to express our dissent.

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I
1 year 20 days ago

Yes, Greetings please. The views and observations shared by Sri. Kochouseph sir are great. I think none will disagree with his observations fully. All the observations are facts only. The right of expression is not a licence to attack against some innocent’s life and asset. I wonder to note the last hartal was the 100th one within a short span of 10 months. so may rightly be called as Devil’s own country.

The depth of hypocrisy and manipulation of our leaders are innovative only. because just see the Gandhian models of strike such as satyagraha , prayer, self suffering etc.to change or convert the dark mind of opposite parties. Out of these all they have selected only Hartal , even when the Hon’ble High Court banned Bandh.
Even after the passing of High Court order none is hesitating to observe Bandh in the name of hartal. Even the High court is not initiating action for contempt of court.

Only hope lies with the awakening people, as Sri. Kochouseph sir righly observed . Let us pray and try our level best the new awakening might be prevailed and elevated to the whole nation and change the dark face of our beautiful mother INDIA.

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Anonymous
1 year 20 days ago

Agree with you, Sir. Hartals affect the poor and lower middle class the most as many of them live on their daily earnings. The daily labors small shop owners and salesmen, auto and taxi drivers, pvt. bus workers factory workers etc are living on their daily earnings. If they could not work on a day they lost a days wages which affects daily needs of their family. But as we know the govt. servants teachers employees of public utilities and enterprises bank employees govt companies politicians etc have nothing to lose as their wages and salaries are guaranteed even if there is no work. People lost a day of service from such employees but they all will get their remuneration even if they didn’t serve the public on such days. So the hartal affects the poor most but our leaders always claim that they do it for the poor. We have to find a better way to express our dissent.

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P J Menon
1 year 20 days ago

No to Hartal

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Remesh
1 year 21 days ago

I fully agree with your view that no doubt Hartal paralyzing the life of people. The arguments of politicians are stupid and a mass movement is required to handle this useless politicians.

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Manoj Ravindran Niraksharan
1 year 21 days ago

My blog post on the same issue – http://niraksharan.in/?p=5545

 
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