‘Law and Order Approach’ is seen as useful and helpful in our daily life in all countries. It helps the common man to go about his routine without being troubled or attacked by any bully in the street. It provides a peaceful environment and enables a mechanism for dealing with violence, burglary, theft and other offences promptly. It brings offenders to justice.
Periodically a government is elected and one of its major jobs is to maintain public law and order through the police. Civil and criminal lawyers in the society and courts then work to dispense justice.
An alternative to the above approach is the Law of the jungle which is based on the principle ‘Might is right.’ Some believe this system is followed in authoritarian countries.
Unfortunately as societies evolved, the two approaches converged to a common denominator. In evolved societies, the common man has ceased to matter due to his own apathy and abdication of his rights. Thanks to this very generous uninformed surrender, persons and institutions with vested interests have captured the system to serve and save themselves and ignore the public interest.
Who are these persons and institutions? They are politicians, judges, lawyers, chartered accountants, bureaucrats and captains of industry who run powerful businesses in the finance, health insurance, armament, oil, pharmaceutical, chemical media and realty industry.
As a result of their collusion dictated by commonality of interest, civil society has become powerless. Its welfare and well being is purely incidental. Law and order machinery is expected to serve mainly the cabal. They manipulate the system to subvert law and make it subservient to their interests. Superficially they have divided themselves into two opposing camps to give the impression of taking two different stances such as ‘Left of the centre ’ and ‘Right of the centre’ to dupe voters into an illusion of ‘option’. Whichever party wins, the interests of the cabal will be preserved and expanded. Outwardly both the camps project themselves as upholders of public interest.
In all this what happens to law and order? Thankfully the cabal too can prosper only in an environment of law and order. But the finer point is that a section of the population loses its security, suffers discrimination and is even killed at will, by trigger happy policemen without justification and without the sanction of law. This has gone on every now and then for ages.
If either of the parties, who have been in power taking turns, had taken the problem seriously, such killings would have never happened or would have ceased long ago. If any political or business leader, or top bureaucrat, or the judiciary or even the society had been alive (they certainly were in the know of it) to the problem, the cruelty would not have survived. The one exception was Martin Luther King. But then he was not part of the powerful system.
Conclusion. It is a wake up call to understand that law and order can survive only if it is freed from the stranglehold of vested interests. The limit has been reached.