“T do injustice is more disgraceful than to suffer it,” says Plato.
‘Justice delayed is a justice denied is a common slogan for the people of India, who are fighting for justice. This is very precise because there are two kinds of people in India. One is the poor or the women who always failed to get justice though they have rights. The other one is the rich or politician practically sure of getting justice though they often are the main culprit.
There are various forms of injustice done to women and the poor. Certainly words are not insufficient to describe such injustice done to women and the poor. However, my soul urges me to express some of the tangible example of these kinds of injustice.
We are today facing many problems of injustice of an unprecedented character and certainly the problems of women and the poor are the upper most at these junctures. If we have to solve them, we must have men and women who have the true spirit of religion. Can you and I be a present Martin Luther, O. Romero etc?
We, the students, are the seeds of society, if the seeds are tainted, how can we expect healthy plants? We are the buds today that will bloom to flowers tomorrow. Today we face too many kinds of injustice done to our sisters and brothers. These forms of injustice were not present in the olden days in our Naga society.
I refuse to believe that there is equality of men and women, of the poor and the rich; I refuse to believe that today’s women and the poor are respect equally, treated justly and support rightly everywhere with love and dignity. How much do you and I witness injustice done to our brothers and sisters general in India and particular in our own Naga society? If so, will you and I fight for justice? But, when…?
Everyone has the right of economic initiative; everyone should make legitimate use of his or her talents to contribute to the abundance that will benefit all and to harvest the just fruits of one’s labour. He should seek to observe regulations issued by legitimate authority for the sake of the common good.
Access to employment and to professions must be open to all without unjust discrimination- men and women, healthy and disable, and natives and immigrants. For its part society should, according to circumstances, help citizens to find works and employments.
A just wages is the legitimate fruit of work. To refuse or withhold it can be a grave injustice. In determining fair equal pay both the needs and the contributions of each person must be taken into account. There should not be any unequal payment between sexes. But in our society, there is unequal payment between men and women. We speak of justice and equal distribution of payment of wages, but where is justice? Is it in our heart and mind, in our society or in the air?
Justice and equality are two sides of the same one coin. They cannot be separated from one another. But these virtues are in the hand of the rich and the politician, who govern the country. Justice for them is in their lips but not in their hearts and souls above all not in action. They are the real culprit of social and economic injustice done in the country. Some of the tangible examples of this kind are many.
Examining the census of male and female population in our college gave a clear census, that the number of girl students is higher than the number of boy students and the ladies lecturers is more in number than the gent lecturers. Besides that looking at the Naga society, its custom and culture, there is no doubt that there is equality between sexes and lots of freedom are been given to both the sexes. I begin to doubt when I think of justice and equality that we speak about- whether these virtues are prevalent in our own college. You may not agree with me but my heart urges me to ventilate it what I am convinced of… I could say that the seeds of injustice and inequality done to our sisters breed in our own family but they are nurturing even in the college. For the last 25 years, how many girls, so far, have been elected as the president of the college for the last twenty five years? How many girls have been elected as the class representative?