Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

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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