The death of an Adivasi/tribal youth who died recently in Kerala as a result of mob beating for allegedly stealing food is bringing back my memories to the age old French novel Les Miserables written by Victor Hugo. The story of a boy who took a loaf of bread and thereafter branded as a thief during his life time. More than that, what is saddened me is the uproar of a public personality in a public meeting recently in Kerala to the effect that he was instrumental in constructing toilets in Adivasi/Tribal areas and made mocking remarks at those who had made adverse remarks against the Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan like ‘food first and then toilet’ through social media.
It also brings back to my memory to the outburst of a Bombay High Court division bench while hearing a public interest litigation on malnutrition deaths as reported by the Times of India, ‘MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Wednesday lambasted the state government for its "complete apathy" and "criminal negligence" that has lead to worsening malnutrition deaths in tribal areas of Maharashtra's eleven districts, including Palghar, close to Mumbai. "This is shocking," remarked a bench of Justice Vidyasagar Kanade and Justice Swapna Joshi when told by advocate appearing for petitioner Kasturba Adivasi Mahila Sangh, that nearly 18,000 children have died in the state during 2015-2016 financial year itself.’
As a reply to the mocking remark of that famous public personality, I reiterate that the primary responsibility of the Government should be to ensure food for the poor and then only rest of the things like toilet, etc. Again time will only vouch for genuineness of the Abhiyan whether it is only in paper like many other schemes and a future toilet scam.
(Also read my book "A FRAUD IN THE INDIAN CONSTITUTION"on scams and malpractices in public administration from own experience:- http://www.amazon.in/FRAUD-INDIAN-CONSTITUTION-M-P-JOSEPH-ebook/dp/B00SQKTADY/