Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Dec 2017 11:51:11

IRONICALLY it is the Supreme Court and even other lower courts which have to take the initiative to expedite cases against law-makers. So far the Governments of the day have done little to address the issue of fast-tracking pending cases against MPs and MLAS. It is at the persuasion of the Supreme Court that the Centre has decided to set up fast-track courts to speed up cases against MPs and MLAs. The Government has told the apex court that it has decided to set up 12 special courts to speed up these cases. That is indeed welcome. However, the Government wants to keep these special courts functional for a year only. Instead it should think of having a permanent mechanism to deal with cases against political leaders. Because such cases are bound to crop up every now and then. The issue of pending cases against politicians keeps on cropping up quite often because politicians facing criminal and other law suits continue to enjoy their status of lawmakers despite the pendency of cases against them, taking advantage of alibi that ‘innocent till proven guilty.’ This again is the issue of political will.

absolute apathy

THE United Nations report that more than 4,00,000 children under the age of five are likely to die within months in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is shocking to say the least. People in the violence-hit country are struggling for survival. These figures are the outcome of the food crisis many African countries have been facing for decades. On the other hand, India is a country with surplus agriculture reserves. So what can justify the existence of malnutrition in several pockets of the country? If surplus foodgrains are found rotting in one part of the country, how come a sizeable population in a neighbouring state goes hungry to bed every night? The answer is absolute lack of political will. Timely use of resources, food chain management, and above all, determination to make things happen, are all lacking in India’s political leadership. While there are many reasons for sorry state of affairs in strife-stricken Congo, in India, the sole reason is indifference and lack of will. In an ideal situation, malnutrition in India should not have been a problem at all.