Feb 21, 2009

Shoot at Sight

The violence that erupted at Madras High Court is a prime example of the law & order breakdown that is becoming all too common in India nowadays. It is also a classic case of political parties toying with people like puppets by inducing them to think on the lines of caste/language/religion resulting in 'factionism' which the political parties utilize for their own propaganda.

Seriously, did these people behave like advocates? Look at their unruly behavior. Do they appear like educated people who studied law and have the roles of upholding it? Don't they realize that advocates have as equal a responsibility like the Police and Doctors and other essential service providers to keep the society running like a well-oiled machine? There are so many issues that require attention and legal support in the court. There are so many issues to fight for in this society. But somebody called some one by a derogatory name 'referring to a SC/ST' and immediately the entire battalion assembled at the High Court unite as a single force and indulge in violence; that too inside the court. Don't these people have any qualms?

Then, the buses. For a long time the public transportation buses have been at the receiving end of any form of sectarian violence. I consider this the ultimate form of indiscipline and law & order breakdown. What rights do any one person or a group has to destroy even a small piece of public property, leave a lone a bus, just to show their support for a cause or their misguided solidarity or protest? Whenever a bus is torched because some idiots think this will show how important they are, I wish the police had the courage and the permission to shoot these people instead of trying to chase them away or arrest them and remand them in custody and then finally releasing them due to pressure from political parties. In this context, for once, I fully support the Police Department.

P.S: On a not so entirely unrelated note, I really wish that nothing happens to Karunanidhi when DMK is still in rule. Otherwise the demise of KK would be heralded as a national calamity by the corrupt DMK party cadres. Weeks of mourning would be declared, statues would be installed even in the airport runways, roads and areas would be renamed under his name and the most misused symbol of public property - the buses, would be broken or even burnt. Chennai would become a city marred by riots because the ruling party's chief died of natural causes. So let's all pray for the well being of KK for the next 3 years.


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