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Justice is an imaginary concept

The only reality is power.
and the powerful will always have more leverage with tools. No matter with what intention those tools were made - internet (democratising force), judicial system (equalizing force), democracy (equal voice)... all these tools ends up serving the rich and powerful.
 Take for instance the brutal massacres that Ranveer sena assholes kept on perpetrating killing hundreds of marginalised people - Dalits, Muslims, low-caste persons.



A decade on, the perpetrators have been declared innocent by high court citing such intelligent reasoning -
"When the killers came with intention to kill everybody, how the witnesses survived?" 
 The high caste judge reasoned that presence of witness is proof of the innocence! and if the killers had been efficient? then in absence of witnesses, killers would have been deemed innocent.
Heads I win, Tales you loose.
And the unstated rule of land will always remain 'Heads I win, tale you loose' with the ruling class. As long you are in the service of the system, you prosper. When you start becoming inconvenient, you are a liability that needs to be dealt with - either violence, intimidation, bureaucratic quagmire or pure and simple exclusion.
 
History is written by the ruling class. The ruling class keeps creating narratives of injustices that they face and they conquer against. Their heroes become everyone's heroes. Their demons become everyone's demons. Take Ramayana for example.
These narratives help keep a lid on real injustices. This massacre, like a hundred other massacres in India, never get the coverage that a mild traffic jam in Delhi would get. Because traffic jam in Delhi concerns the ruling class. Dying others does not.
It would be honest if the ruling class honestly says it out loud - these are others that we don't care about. But instead they will sing the song of unity and nationalism.

The nationalist forces such as RSS, BJP and even Congress are tools at the disposal of the rich to vanquish inconvenient voices and pacify the masses who might revolt against the injustice.

Dangerous ideas about caste, nationlism and convenience based imagined histories must die. 

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