Sunday, July 1, 2007

The 'Weak End' Post

There is darkness everywhere. My efforts of looking for a ray of light have turned futile. All through out the week, there have been instances of grave injustice all over the world. Electing the head of a state has turned into a political game; Brown v. Board of Education has been partially overruled; One of the world’s greatest manipulators is now to fight for a human rights cause. What more could the world want? This is, to be succumbed by darkness.

This is for the first time I am noticing that electing a president has become more political an affair than any other process. Rather than electing non- political heads, we choose to put in those in favour of a particular party. This influx of ideas had started with Indira Gandhi putting up Giani Jail Singh as a Presidential candidate in the 1970’s and 80’s. How then can one come to terms with such incidents? This takes me back to the Constituent Assembly Debates and what Shashi Tharoor wrote in the Times of India. According to Shashi, the main reason why England chose not to remove the monarch/ royal head was that they feared that the position would become an example of political stigmata. So there was, the true West Minister model of governance.

Contrasting that with India, as smart as we Indians are (that’s sarcasm); we chose to have a West Minister model of Government. In theory the president was suppose to be apolitical. But alas! We don’t see that happening. Our ‘esteemed’ politicians decided to have a republic and elect a president. I think Radhakrishnan was not a victim of such policy. Neither was Rajendra Prasad. The situation however doesn’t remain the same after on. Today the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) makes allegations against a nominee (Pratibha Patil) and puts her credibility to stake. Something disgraceful for someone who could be President of this country. It then was wise for President Kalam not to fall into this trap.

The Bottomline, there is politics in everything. Not to forget that my college Student Bar Council elections are around the corner and political whips are in full swing here too.

So while all this happens in India, racial segregation has got a new meaning in the USA. Brown v. Board of Education (1954) has been partially overruled. That’s true! A few days ago, a nine judge bench of the US Supreme Court stated that certain segregation policies in the schools of Louisiana and another state were perfectly legal. This was a 5:4 ration judgment that has now overturned every aspect of a democratic ideal. Only an idiot cannot estimate the consequences of such a ruling. A New York Times editorial reported that the US Supreme Court has gone to become a Conservative institution and Earl Warren’s ideals no longer remain intact. At one hand where we expect the society to progress towards rationality (Russell) , we seem to be going backwards. Racially targeted recruiting strategies are now constitutionally legal in the United States.

There is also a lot of speculation about Tony Blair getting involved in the Middle east political process. Again NYT said,

“If Blair uses his manipulative skills then a result may be achieved else we must be prepared for a faux pass.”

So darkness prevails. Earlier I wrote that I have lost hope in the system. I now would like to retract from it as I am reminded of Albert Camu. In “Letters to a German Friend” he wrote,

“There are means that cannot be excused. And I should like to be able to love my vcountry and still love justice. I don’t want just any greatness for it, particularly a greatness born out of blood and falsehood. I want to keep it alive by keeping justice alive.”

That’s my stand on the system now.


The University of Chicago on the 'School District Cases'. 

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