Sunday, October 7, 2007

Verdicts and Justice

My continuing encounters with the Judiciary in India makes me realise the absolutely short term memory that our dispensers of justice have. Most often the judges forget the core issue and seek some peripheral question on the spur of the moment. Most of these questions too are not very bright either. At the end of the long drawn hearings the judges pass a verdict. Perhaps the fundamental problem is in their training itself - for there are no Colleges for Justice and Jurisprudence but only Law Colleges! Today the courts reflect more of the global economic policies than even what the constitution of India would perhaps permit and where several political parties might fear to tread. But engaging the Court is as necessary as building the grassroot consciousness - and one must get along with the rigmarole!

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