January 26th, 2014; a good day to write my first blog of the year. I was caught wondering early in the morning, upon hearing the national anthem over the loudspeakers in my locality whether the Republic Day is still relevant today.
My doubt was further deepened when I met my father-in-law later in the morning, a retired judge, and he expressed the same doubt. In spite of having served as a judge in the Karnataka Judiciary for over 30 years, he is a cynic. He says that the judicial system is slow in India, the police force a mere farce. The constitution has lost its meaning to most Indian citizens, and nobody respects the rule of law. That coming from a judge, that sure sounds scary. But I suppose that’s how it is these days.
I had read somewhere a long time ago, that there are two kinds of – for the lack of a better word – fears for any social structure to function properly. Either the fear of law, wherein the police and the judiciary play their role strongly, or the fear of society wherein perpetrators of future crimes are deterred by them being shunned by their very own friends and family.
In India, neither exists. Hence, we are where we are, how we are.
Is there any way we can get out of this rut and progress as a society and as a country? Or were we better off under the British rule, having likely transformed into a huge Hong Kong by now? The question is as tricky as they come, and the answer is anybody’s guess.
With independence in our hands, does that mean that we’re going to implode as a society? Or are we just going to plunge into inevitable anarchy(nothing to do with Mr. Kejriwal here)?
Just leaving you with some food for thought.
Enjoy this Zen Pencil comic in the meantime. 🙂