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Thursday, November 8, 2007

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The Upcoming Paradigm

by Madani Mohiuddin Ahmad
KSU, Riyadh, KSA

April 22, 2007

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Empowering the Bihar police under the constitutional framework by Nitish Government shows that the government is keen to revamp the law and order system in the state. Intention is that the normal functioning in view of the efficiency and the working condition of the Bihar police as of now is not satisfactory enough. Hence this strategy i.e. empowering the Bihar police so as to enable them to function with more confidence and accountability. If this is the fair approach to assess and overview the functioning of the Bihar police, then undeniably, this special provision might fetch substantial results. Secondly, as it has been claimed that Bihar as such is the first to follow the apex court guideline in this regard. It doesn’t mean that the rest of the states if not all, need such special provision to function effectively for maintaining law and order in the states. Every police department has to comply with and that is under the constitutional provision though it might not be with the optimum positive results. The time only will tell us. Because, police personnel too are human beings and to err is human being. But the fact is law has nothing to do with emotional part of the people and the society. It means repairing is fine if something is wrong with the society but it is extremely a cumbersome task if we talk of the maintenance of law and order.

Substantial academic touch to the problem like seminars and research on the functioning of the police has been taking place across the country over the time and ended always with a big question mark. And those are many. Some of them can be seen in the Bollywood films particularly in the films of Ram Gopal Verma and Prakash Jha. Certainly, these dramatized naked facts are painful for a civilized society where we can satisfy ourselves by raising several ifs and buts, but of course with no positive results.

How to handle the criminals and keep watch on the rising crime is not the prime concern of police but the society as well who is equally responsible. The only line of demarcation is that policing is a paid job while society is never. The priceless job of the society is that it takes care of itself where people flow as blood in the veins of civility. Bihar has once been declared as the best administered state which shows that the people were committed and accountable towards the rule of law and the police found that law and order were in good health. Yes it happened not absolutely but rarely.

Protest by the opposition may sound reasonable provided it refuses what has been taking place in the past: nexus between the police and the politicians, engineering communal riots, harboring the dens of the antisocial elements and considerable rise in big or small crimes - all these do not take place without pointing the suspicion of needle on both, the police and politicians. The people therefore have got to bear the consequences in one sense or the other. Democracy is a responsibility with optimum commitment. Autocracy or anarchy is lawlessness. Execution or implementation of any type of law has never been a problem in the history of free India. If the intention is good every law is good, every system is good provided it serves the people in its possible purest form. Else a law is made and it is broken.

शक्ति जो चेतन थी, अब जड़ हो गयी है। बचपन में जो कुंजी मेरे पास थी, उम्र बढ़ते बढ़ते वह कहीं खो गयी है। - दिनकर


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