Falsehood comes in many forms.
Take the horrific case of Apna Ghar shelter in Rohtak, Haryana. Last month, the Incharge of the home Jaswanti Devi, was arrested. A National Commission for Protection of Child Rights questioned 28 of the inmates.
Almost all the inmates reportedly said that Haryana Police officials were frequent visitors to Apna Ghar and would abuse them with the help of Jaswanti Devi.
And just a few months ago, this same Jaswanti Devi was
So was it not falsehood on the part of the Haryana government to honour her with this award?
Selective reporting is also falsehood.
These past few days, no news channel thought it worthwhile to discuss the above news of the raping of children by Haryana police officials, in state run institutions .
Nor did the fact that Ruchika’s relatives decided to withdraw cases against IGP Rathod, figure in any evening discussions on these news channels.
However almost all the channels devoted hours and hours to discuss whether Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev had a falling out. Did Arvind Kejriwal leave the dias brcause he was unwell, or because he had a disagreement with Baba Ramdev? This was discussed and reported at great length.
The media glosses over any news which would show any wrongdoing by those in authority. And reports and discusses ad nauseum any small weaknesses of those who show the courage to stand up to corrupt authority.
Nowadays it is truly difficult to recognise what is true and what is false.
Medicines are often fake. The milk we buy is adulterated- white powder mixed with water. The bright coloured vegetables that tempt us in the markets are often dyed with artificial chemicals.
Some candidates applying for jobs, submit fake certificates from imaginary Universities.
We frequently read about rackets for issuing fake caste certificates. There have recently been instances of MLAs submitting fake caste certificates, and being elected in constituencies which were reserved for specific castes.
Robert Louis Stevenson said that ‘the cruelest lies are often told in silence’.
When we observe an injustice happening, but do not speak out, then, by omission, we tell a lie.
When we vote for those who deal in falsehoods, then we too, become party to those falsehoods.
When we ‘look the other way’, when the truth is being bent, we are also involved in bending the truth.
When we nod our heads in agreement to statements which we know to be untrue, only because it is ‘politically correct’ to do so, then we are involved in that untruth.
It is time for us, the ordinary citizens of this nation, to speak up for what we know to be the truth. It is time for us to stand up to the liars, however powerful they may be.
Only then can our national motto- ‘सत्यमेव जयते’ (‘Truth alone triumphs’) become a reality.