Look left, look right. No cop in view? Time to take off that helmet!
We live in a society where we expect enforcement agencies to save our heads from our own foolishness.
Doesn’t matter if our brains get spilt on the roads with skulls getting smashed under the tyres of trucks. Our friends shall live to blame the traffic police and government. Maybe they will also demand a fresh hump on the road. We are happy with just the thought!
We are no different when it comes to wearing masks either.
The soft target to blame is always the law enforcement authority for not enforcing the measures that are supposed to save the lives of the violators.
Never once have I seen opinion-makers taking the blame for violating regulations as fellow citizens. It is always about pointing fingers at enforcers.
“Why did they not penalise those who broke the law?”
It never occurs to them that it was not supposed to be broken in the first place.
Weirder if we point to the fact that we are supposed to be a nation constituting a rule ‘of the people, for the people and by the people’!
A nation that likes to think it abides by the rule OF law, yet in reality still carries the legacy of the colonial rule BY law.
Law is nothing but a tool of social control that is backed by sovereignty. But let us keep in mind that they can be as much a tool of oppression, as they can be of justice.
Looking back in history we can find that every autocrat has tried imposing laws, however unjust, on us. It was through those laws, crafted at their whims and fancies, that they could carry on with their subjugation. Seldom would you find diktat dished out inconsistently. It always had to be through law! A tool used for their benefit and imposed meticulously.
But with the departure of the British, who took rule BY law to the ultimate level by legalising all methods of political dominance, we might have had the notion that we have graduated to a state that believes in rule OF law. A state where unlimited power would rest with the supreme law-making authority of the land, viz. the people of India (or at least their representatives).
But have we been able to shed our colonial mindset? Are we mature enough to make (or elect those who make) our laws?
Why then do we not stop those who ride their motorbikes without helmets, violating the law framed by our own?
Why do we not ensure that the person walking next to us wears a mask and keeps a distance?
Why then do we call for law enforcers to ensure that laws, at least those of social well-being, are implemented by their lathis?
Actually, why do we need to have these laws of social control that are supposed to save our own lives? Shouldn’t we just follow them by default?