Supreme Court, almost overnight, is less intimidating
Law is not for lawyers.
Law is not for the government.
Law is not for some people, somewhere or the rich.
Law is for everyone.
I read this article and have been speaking with a few lawyers over the last few days on when can we expect to see more Law for Everyone in India.
And then the Supreme Court of India provided me with an opportunity to put my thoughts together.
With one stroke of a pen, the Supreme Court of India has come centre-stage like never before, on the Farm Laws issue. Across India, much more than anything else, and way beyond the remit and pay grade of the media. Suspending the implementation of the Farm Bill 2020 whether for better or worse, time will tell, but for now this reportage may help you get an unfiltered update on what transpired.
One very important side-effect of the Pandemic has been that our Justice Delivery System has moved into the electronic world and come online in many different ways - including video as well as wider reportage. I write this in the context of how even I with all my experience, travel, bravery and more, accompanying a litigant to Bhagwan Dass Road every now and then, walked in not just with trepidation and awe, but also in fear.
Yes, for the non denizen of the Supreme Court of India, a visit is to put it mildly - fearsome. Fortunes and futures can be made and broken here, and till the Pandemic opened the processes up to the rest of us, the mystique of what went on inside reminded me most of waiting outside the Headmaster's Office of my school, wondering whether my excuses would work or if it would be 3/6/12 of the best. What my personal views on the Farm Bill 2020 and the decision from the Supreme Court are, is not relevant to the issue of how by this decision, the Supreme Court of India has become less intimidating, to the perception of a large number of people in India - and it does not get simpler than that. At the same time, what has been whispered till now about the involvement of forces inimical to India in these protests, has also come centre-stage.
So what happens next? Some parts of India are simply always going to be in turmoil. This time it happens to be in and around Delhi and North India. Meanwhile, other parts of India continue to forge ahead, and the newest is what we refer to as North-East India. People move with not just prosperity, but also peace, and potential.
So what will be the solution? Like it was in the North-East of India, where the roots of the insurrections were abroad, likewise in the North now. For every farmer who claims that one son is in the Armed Forces, there is also a farmer who has a close family member in the US, Canada or UK - and what is common about all 3 of these countries is that their economies are collapsing for a variety of reasons. Recent changes in NRI status (120 days), inheritance taxes in the UK and taxes on properties held abroad, and the end of tax haven based regimes - all these and more - have echoes at the Gates of Delhi.
The real culprits are not at the road and highway Gates of Delhi. They are our people. The real culprits are to be caught as they enter India at the Airport Immigration Gates of Delhi. That lot are not our people. Block their money flow.
Veeresh Malik was a seafarer. And a lot more besides. A decade in facial biometrics, which took him into the world of finance, gaming, preventive defence and money laundering before the subliminal mind management technology blew his brains out. His romance with the media endures since 1994, duly responded by Outlook, among others.
A survivor of two brain-strokes, triggered by a ship explosion in the 70s, Veeresh moved beyond fear decades ago.
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