Just, a few weeks ago a movie called A Wednesday was released across India, that endorsed vigilantism, i.e. kill suspected terrorists without a trial because you know they are terrorists after all, I mean who cares about a fair trial right ?
The movie was hailed by much of India’s ‘middle class’, but the love for vigilantism seemed to disappear when the anti-narcotics bureau conducted a raid on an upscale Mumbai bar. They took the people in the bar to the hospital for a narco-test (this is not an arrest) and found that many, including disgraced ‘actor’ Shakti Kapoor’s son might have taken some drugs. Of course, Mumbai’s elites and The Times of India are out with pieces like, ‘Rave party arrests: Punishment before proof’ , ’15 hr detention or illegal arrest’, the teenagers showed defiance by manhandling the police and other media persons etc etc. Mind you this was the same media that had convicted and prosecuted many a citizen for simply being in the vicinity of an NRI woman who was being molested (contrast this with the scant attention the English media pays to the rapes and murders Dalit women face across India).
It wont be long before they start blaming this on reservations too …. 🙂