The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.
Ashutosh Nayak, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
On 14th March 2016, our country witnessed the horrible atrocities of a BJP Legislator; Ganesh Joshi as he allegedly beat up a police horse named Shaktiman in a clash between the police and the party workers. Three days later, Shaktiman’s hind legs had to be amputated as his condition worsened. Finally, the poor animal succumbed to its injuries and passed away as it unsuccessfully tried to adapt to its new limbs. The shocking incident has grabbed national headlines and the horse garnered much sympathy on the social media where wildlife lovers from across the country posted tweets and comments across various platforms.
On the other hand, while BJP has put up its opinion that anyone who harms or injures animals will be severely dealt with, Mr. Joshi (who was arrested on prima facie charges and later released on bail) has pleaded not guilty for his alleged involvement saying the video tape had been doctored and further claiming that the medical treatment given by the Congress-led State government to Shaktiman was not proper and the horse was deliberately led to death in order to shame BJP. The Congress on the other hand has condemned the incident and related it as another instance of intolerance being spread by BJP within the country.
Deliberate or not, guilty or not, the fact is that an innocent animal had to lose its life while serving its duty and we need to own up for the matter. Rather than politicizing the matter and keeping the blame game on, proper investigation should be done and the guilty should be penalised without delay because “Justice delayed is justice denied”.