Monday, 7 July 2014

Law governs all.

From my personal experience in recent times, I have saw that respect for law and order has been decreasing in recent times drastically. Enforcement of law is feeble, and the respect for law has been declining exponentially in the past few years. When the majority of people disobey the law, the ones following the law are laughed upon - because they are outcasts in the society.

There are times when society is wrong, when the majority opinion is wrong - and this is one such time. What society and people want today is instant justice, bypassing all rules and orders at any level so that their voice is heard. But the rule and procedures had been drafted carefully after centuries of refinement, and have been made close to perfection as far as possible. If there is a rule for something, there is a cause behind it. For example, right to strike is generally not enshrined in Article 19(1) of the Indian Constitution, except for in the case of Indian Industrial Jurisprudence - and the very fact that an intimation has to be given to the concerned authorities for the same is because of the fact that negotiations can take place before the strike and there is only a strike when all available measures have been exhausted. But, however, people, generally tend to strike to pressurize the authorities even for small causes, when the do not have a standing, instead of keeping it as a last resort - for, yes, anarchy is the norm.

Law abiding citizens are hard to find today - for those who follow the law are breaking social norms. Lawlessness is the standard, and an individual cannot do anything about it. Disregard for laws and rules comes generally when people compare themselves to revolutionaries, and are swayed by a great vision - a vision great to themselves. This mindmap of getting everything one wishes for is a huge menace to society at large, for if revolutions take place everywhere without a law controlling them, there would be only be a downfall of society and nothing else.

This brings me to present to you two different perspectives - one section of society remains silent even when their cause deserves a civil war. But everything happens peacefully. Why? Because they follow the law. Another section of society protests and demonstrates for small causes - for example hike in salary when millions of people are penniless. There is a lot of agitation and disturbance. Why? Because they override the law.

Fighting for a cause is fine as long as it conforms to the law of the land, and not when people lose respect for the law as a means to achieve their goals. For what would have happened if the Indian public just overthrew the Congress Government because they demanded someone more worthy as a leader and put BJP in place after the revolution? Disaster. Sheer disaster. Everything has a procedure, and every citizen of India is bound to follow it - whether their implementation is correct or not. Disregard for laws is just not cool.

- A law abiding citizen

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