When democracy is ruled by donkeys, Law is but an Ass
June 15, 2010 Leave a comment
The sham of justice played out by everyone in the case of the Bhopal gas tragedy is being hotly debated throughout the world. The culprits of this inglorious sham are far too many and across agencies that it does merit a wholesome criticism of the entire justice system in India. The injustice meted out to the victims of one of the worst, if not the worst, industrial disasters of the world clearly underscores the view that there is no justice for the poor in India.
“Justice Delayed is Justice Denied” is a well known maxim. Sadly in the case of Bhopal not only has the justice been delayed it has been denied as well.
The political bosses of our country used the opportunity provided by the sham of justice to trade charges against one another in a vain bid to pass the buck. While this is in any case very usual by Indian standards the statement of Pranab Mukherjee suggesting that India didn’t have much of a choice but to let Anderson go was in my view the political low point of this debate.
Pranab da is a much honourable man no doubt and in a unenviable position of having to defend the indefensible. While one would have expected him to go down the regular path of blame game and moral high ground, the tone of helplessness that India didn’t have a choice is quite shameful to say the least.
If in the view of the Congress leadership back then, that any action against Anderson would impact the investment flow into the country, it surely means that they have projected India as something of a banana republic. Because only a banana republic would have no laws or at best have laws without having any intention of implementing them.
If a properly elected democratic government has no moral and political courage to implement the law of the land then it raises a critical question about the authority of such a government to implement the rule of land.
It also raises a pertinent question as to whether the government can be subservient to the economic power houses of the world. Then for sake of argument could a GE or an Apple or a Microsoft determine what the tax regime of this country should be.
We have always been led into believing that even the poorest of countries had the sovereign right to regulate how the biggest MNCs operated in it’s territory. Does Pranab da mean that India has lost it’s sovereign right to regulate MNCs and has degenerated itself to a state where representatives of powerful business houses could trample upon the civil society with impunity ?
The shameful cry of helplessness does not behoove a country of India’s stature and size – geographically, democraphically, economically and of course politically. Are we still aspiring for a seat in the Security Council of the UN when we shudder to take any action against an erring executive over fears of investment blockade ?
Come on Mr FM !
A nation is as good as it’s political masters.
If the Finance Minister really meant what he said, it is a clear testimony to the well-known fact that Indian laws are just reams of paper fit enough to be lunch for the indian washer man’s friend. And the men who write them are their first cousins.