Does India need more Justice than Charity?

by Brig. Daljit Dhillon
Chandigarh, October 7, 2020: A very interesting and energetic Panel Discussion was conducted on ‘Law and Justice’ by Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik (RCS) on Oct 6, 2020.
The theme was: Is the Law and Justice system fair, timely, equal, clean and available for all.
There were seven panelists – Ashok Laroia and Maninder Nanda representing the business community, Dr VD Singh, Dr S S Makkar and Dr Kuldeep Singh representing the medical fraternity, LK Gupta of the Education field and Ojaswwee Sharma with Bollywood connections.
The discussion was moderated by Brig DS Dhillon.
Each panelist spoke for 3 minutes, before a lively open house discussion.
It was an animated and very active debate with varying perceptions analyzing whether our Law and Justice system is fair and timely.
Most exhibited a bias in the same and said that the Supreme Court’s directions to speedtrack justice needs to be implemented strictly.
All were of the view that a State is better governed which has fewer laws, but implemented strongly.
While one panelist mentioned corruption is in an Indian’s DNA and we need to enhance moral values and respect for law right from home only.
Another panelist countered this aspect citing DNA, mentioning that Indians are the most disciplined and law abiding when abroad – how come they change whilst in India, is a question we need to ponder.
The greatest incentive to commit a crime is the assurance that one can escape punishment.
Our political system being the hub of corruption needs drastic transformation specified majority.
The essential difference between Law and Justice and how it needs to be coordinated was highlighted, with the fact that people do not mind harsher laws but do mind selective handling of justice.
In a judicial system people must be accountable for their actions, but at the same time the judicial system must show compassion whereever required.
Money should not silence truth as sometimes happens in our country.
The majority were of the view that currently in the country there is more need of justice then charity.
An increase in the number of citizens who do not obey the law is a sure sign of poor governance.
RCS President Aneesh Bhanot summed up the discussion with examples on how corruption isgradually being controlled with digitization in our country.
Last but not the least as an action cum prelude to this discussion, all the Rotarians pledged to improve law and justice in country by doing their part in obeying all rules and regulations and not to give any speed money for any work with government agencies.

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