Seems like a boring topic but trust me, this has been eating me up for the last three years! You see, I love politics. I’ve also somehow been active with a political party for a few years. We’re small fry at the moment and I regularly follow certain areas of news.
Reading any of my previous posts may tell you that I really care about personal liberty. I cannot, nobody can, find their destiny and do exactly what they love/want without having the freedom to do anything with your own body and property. It’s impossible.
Think about it. True contentment is always in doing something that respects others’ liberties and something within our limit of freedom, under natural law. Like wearing whatever you want, or running a business. The one that guards these freedoms are the police, and the courts enforce the punishment for infringing upon others’ freedoms.
The Modi government had introduced the National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, one that would give the government some say on which judges are elevated to be Supreme Court judges. I know the contents of this bill and I support it. Unfortunately, the law which passed by both houses of our Parliament was taken down as ‘unconstitutional’ by an SC bench in 2015. What a pity.
So the Modi government responded in kind, they just won’t fill up judicial vacancies, perhaps trying to bring in moral guilt in the SC judges and also making them work extra long to clear backlogs. As it seems, our judges are not just tyrants to kill democratically passed bills but also bereft of an inch of moral empathy. They still play the game challenging the Union government and just not letting the NJAC through.
I support an independent judiciary, but not one where judges kill bills so that they can get life-long jobs and get to say what happens to the process of appointment. This isn’t garden cricket and they mistakenly think this is some personal matter wherein they have a right to command what happens.
So, Mr. Modi, it is rational to play this war until it may yield success. But, as with much else in our country, things are incredibly difficult to bend. So, let it rest, for the moment as an ego fight is not something one must wage. Ever. They do not want to change, fine. We try sometime else.
The citizens of the country deserve the liberty and control over ourselves and unless the courts can enforce the punishment upon those who commit crime, we cannot have it. The laws need to be fixed too. But it is high time that even those not-so-great laws with the other decent laws are actually enforced on those who are criminals.
Please halt, strike a compromise, streamline recruitment of judges so that a nationally integrated and seamless standard applies, for efficiency and other benefits. And just fill up the vacanices and punish those who deserve, as ever said, the full force of the law. I request of you as a citizen of the nation you lead.