“How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, ‘n’ how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, ‘n’ how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind,
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.”
Dylan’s words continue to reverberate. I hummed the song when I was growing up. My 12 year-old daughter loves the lyrics. “How many murders will it take to realize that too many people have died?” she asks, watching the 9 o’clock news as we have dinner. I have no answer.
Almost every day, a young girl or a young boy or a couple in love are being cold-bloodedly murdered because their love offends the sensibilities of the family elders or clan. The forces of death are getting stronger and what does the government do? This is a rhetorical question because we all know the answer and have ceased to be surprised.
This morning’s newspapers note that there are differences in the Union Cabinet on tackling ” honour killings” and a Group of Ministers has now been tasked to “suggest changes in the law to deal with the matter” . That is it. Another mechanism to equivocate, prevaricate…
In Dev 360, my fortnightly colum in The Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle, I have shared my thoughts. Check it out if you have a free minute.