The state of insanity
Despite her frail frame, Dr E Rati Rao is a tough old lady. Tough enough to maintain her sanity and spirit in the wake of false charges such as sedition (which carries death penalty) and other draconian sections imposed upon her by the vindictive government of a political party whose leaders had once suffered and fought against the same draconian acts and false implications. But power not only corrupts, it also makes dishonest representatives contemptuous of democratic principles.
Dr Rao is no unprincipled political dealmaker, nor is she an environmental burglar or a communal mischief-maker. She is a retired scientist from Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore. She has been active in the human rights movement including women’s movement since 1978. She is also the vice president of Karnataka chapter of Peoples’ Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), which is amongst the most respected human rights organisations in the country, co-founded by Jai Prakash Narayan.