Tuesday, 10 May 2016

When Lawmakers Abdicate



Under our Constitution , only Legislative wing ( Lok Sabha + Rajya Sabha ) has the power to enact / repeal laws


Judiciary ( courts ) can only " interpret " the enacted laws


And , of course , strike down any enacted law which it considers " un-constitutional "


This arrangement worked fine some 50 years ago , when politics and economics of a country were fairly insulated from rest of the World


But today , economies of countries are becoming ever more dependent on one another and getting integrated tightly


International trade ( goods and services ), binds all the countries like a Spider's web ( - WWW is just a metaphor / a proxy  ! )


A thread of this web , touched upon anywhere, vibrates the entire web


Remember the CHAOS theory ?


A butterfly fluttering its wings in Brazil , brings torrential rains in India !


Political / economic / social decisions taken in one country , affect the entire World


Eg :


*  To produce more or less oil or freeze at current level


*  To impose trade tariffs to protect local manufacturers and jobs


*  To impose taxes on Foreign companies , different from on local units


*  To ban use of plastics / consumption of tobacco products


*  To accelerate generation of energy , using renewable sources


*  To prevent / limit arrival of migrants ( political or economic )


*  To build dams / impound waters of rivers flowing thru many countries


*  To lay sovereignty claims on sea-bed under Arctic / Antarctic


*  To assist local " rebels ( freedom fighters ? ) " in foreign countries


*  To sell tanks / bombs / guns / missiles etc to " friendly " regimes


*  To keep producing atmosphere polluting vehicles



I can go on and on


Any such decision ( more often, lack of decision ) , taken by any Society in the World , impacts the lives of millions of persons in other countries


And , unfortunately , the persons getting most adversely affected by such decisions , are POOR people , living in DEVELOPING countries !


Now , poor people of these affected countries ,  may have very little influence on the decisions being taken by the legislatures of other countries


So , they simply " Grin and Bear "  !


But the worst situation is when their own duly elected Members of Parliament / State Legislatures ( of their own country ) , fail to enact laws to protect them from the ill effects of the " Winds of Change " blowing thru their local economy


Eg:


Is air pollution only affecting the people of Delhi ?


Is it not as bad in cities like Mumbai / Kolkata / Chennai / Bangalore etc ?


Why are MLAs of these States not enacting laws to control pollution ?


Why is Supreme Court passing orders ( diesel vehicles / taxies ) only for Delhi ?


Does Supreme Court think that citizens of these other cities are immune to the ill effects of pollution caused by diesel vehicles ?


Why are State Legislatures happy to " pass the buck " to Supreme Court ?


That is " Abdication of Responsibility " !


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11  May  2016

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