When 21 MLA’s from the Congress switched sides to the BJP to impeach the speaker, it triggered a constitutional crisis that came to its logical conclusion today with SC having the final word. Earlier, the rebel MLA’s switching camps to the BJP sought the intervention of the governor and cited ‘constitutional crisis’ to impose Article 356 (failure of constitutional machinery of the state) on Arunachal Pradesh that allows Arunachal Pradesh to be run directly from New Delhi. Congress has flayed the BJP for its experiments to topple the Arunachal Pradesh government and also has sought to bring back all the rebel MLA back to its fold.
Congress has claimed victory for itself and for democracy after the SC has struck down on the earlier decision of the President (who works on the aid and advice of the council of ministers headed by the Prime Minister) to impose Article 356 on Arunachal Pradesh. Through the verdict, the SC reinstated the Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh and dismissed Nabam Tuki’s decision as illegal. The verdict was a unanimous decision taken by the 5 member bench terming the decision taken by Arunachal Pradesh’s governor as worthy to be quashed.
Significance of the verdict
The verdict comes as a huge setback to Narendra Modi’s government’s federalist character, it puts to question the commitment of the central government to maintain cordial relations with states especially the one ruled by non-BJP parties. Prime Minister had earlier talked on ‘Team India’, a team which comprises of all the states, however, the Uttarakhand crisis and now the Arunachal Pradesh verdict puts to question the credibility of the words of Prime Minister wrt ‘Team India’.
China & the world is watching us
The central government surely knows the significance of Arunachal Pradesh, the geopolitics which surrounds Arunachal Pradesh and the dispute with China over its claims over Arunachal Pradesh. To exhibit constitutional crisis through unconstitutional means does not bode well for us. The central government has to put all its efforts in working with all states with special attention given to states with global geopolitical importance like the North East for the development of India and to keep up the spirit of democracy.
As the clock ticks and the day starts ending, the only thing on the mind of every woman is to rush home. From literally sprinting to informing of their location every minute to the family members, women do it all. All this for just one reason – it’s not safe to be outside after the sun sets. If by chance there is even a slight delay, the family also starts fretting.
Why is being outside after a certain time considered to be unsafe? Well, the answer can be found in the question itself. It is because, as it starts getting darker, lesser women step out and hence roads are perceived to be unsafe.
Volvo beautifully addressed this via a video, set at the background of a popular old Hindi song, showing three women and sending out a simple message that more the women on the streets, more safer it will become. This video struck a chord among a lot of people, especially women who could identify with it.
Volvo, in a bid to encourage women to step out and reclaim their city spaces, organised a night walk. Mumbai Night Walk which was organised by Volvo under the #MakeYourCitySafe initiative in association with CrossBow Miles invited all the women to participate in a great number.
The mood for the symbolic march, which was held on May 19, was set up right at the beginning of event with some soul-stirring music and talks by various artists who champion the cause of equal rights for women.
In the final leg of the movement, which was the midnight walk itself was joined by Srishti Bakshi, founder and campaign champion of CrossBow Miles, who also holds a unique feat of walking 3,800 km from Kanyakumari to Srinagar in 230 days for raising awareness for women empowerment through financial and digital literacy. She is of a strong opinion that small steps lead to bigger changes. Problems like misogyny and gender stereotyping cannot change overnight and only sustained efforts towards completely removing them can bring change.
Bakshi joined the enthusiastic crowd of women marchers who walked from High Street Phoenix to Mahalaxmi Racecourse. The event had performances by spoken word poet Simar Singh, singer Abhilasha Sinha, singer-songwriter Aarifah Rebello, rapper Sofia Ashraf and award-winning singer Rekha Bharadwaj. The event saw some really acclaimed personalities like Sushmita Sen and Dia Mirza in attendance too.
This is not the first time that such a night march is being organised by CrossBow Miles. Earlier too, public night walks were organised in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Gwalior and New Delhi which were attended by 200-15,000 people in each city.
The Logical Indian congratulates Volvo on the grand success of their initiative #MakeYourCitySafe. We also hope that women leave their apprehension behind and unitedly reclaim their city spaces.