2009-12-29

...too many laws and too little justice

  • Civil Procedure Code (CPC) 1908
  • The Partnership Act, 1932
  • The Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961
  • The Indian Divorce Act, 1869
  • Indian Penal Code,1860
  • Indian Evidence Act, 1872
  • The Payment of Wages Act, 1936
  • The Personal Injuries (Emergency) Provisions Act, 1962
  • The National and Festival Holidays Act
  • The Beedi Workers Welfare Cess Act, 1976
  • Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 

One can read a fuller list of and some inane acts at Vakilno.1

A few observations / questions

- The British gave the basic but robust administrative framework. 
- Are these acts framed by the British so good that we do not need to amend them after more than a century? 
- Or are we indifferent or are we incompetent that we do not want to / cannot improve these and make them relevant/practical?
- Why so many acts at all?

What better way to explain the sorry state of affairs than to just copy what Nani Palkhivala said ''the most persistent tendency in India is to have too much government but too little administration; too many laws and too little justice; too many public servants and too little public service; too many controls and too little welfare.''

5 comments:

Vinod said...

Its strange how a country of billions is still run by archaic laws... more so when the pace of life is such that every new development [in tech,fashion etc] is born with an immediate expiry date!
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Another observation -
The Legislators are [mostly] elected by mostly slum-dwellers/rural populace. Probably this section is not aware of antiquity of the laws.

And "middle class" can work around the laws ..so they are not bothered apart from blogging on it:-)

Again as you say - DEBATABLE

itheabsolute said...

Vinod

agree. I don't do much about these apart from blogging. Honestly, I cannot do much.

little do I believe in parliamentary democracy / franchise...needs a different post.

thanks for your comments.

cheers

Vinod said...

It includes me as well... I hope i dont become an arm-chair-critic!

Lokesh said...

Indian crime and penal law has its root in English, French, German, American and Russian law. While Family law is by and large drawn from Hindu and Muslim.
It's very mature and progressive. though whatever issues propel around it are more to do with doing rather than with knowing.

itheabsolute said...

thanks for elaborating Lokesh. thanks for dropping by.

2009-12-29

...too many laws and too little justice

  • Civil Procedure Code (CPC) 1908
  • The Partnership Act, 1932
  • The Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961
  • The Indian Divorce Act, 1869
  • Indian Penal Code,1860
  • Indian Evidence Act, 1872
  • The Payment of Wages Act, 1936
  • The Personal Injuries (Emergency) Provisions Act, 1962
  • The National and Festival Holidays Act
  • The Beedi Workers Welfare Cess Act, 1976
  • Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 

One can read a fuller list of and some inane acts at Vakilno.1

A few observations / questions

- The British gave the basic but robust administrative framework. 
- Are these acts framed by the British so good that we do not need to amend them after more than a century? 
- Or are we indifferent or are we incompetent that we do not want to / cannot improve these and make them relevant/practical?
- Why so many acts at all?

What better way to explain the sorry state of affairs than to just copy what Nani Palkhivala said ''the most persistent tendency in India is to have too much government but too little administration; too many laws and too little justice; too many public servants and too little public service; too many controls and too little welfare.''

5 comments:

Vinod said...

Its strange how a country of billions is still run by archaic laws... more so when the pace of life is such that every new development [in tech,fashion etc] is born with an immediate expiry date!
----
Another observation -
The Legislators are [mostly] elected by mostly slum-dwellers/rural populace. Probably this section is not aware of antiquity of the laws.

And "middle class" can work around the laws ..so they are not bothered apart from blogging on it:-)

Again as you say - DEBATABLE

itheabsolute said...

Vinod

agree. I don't do much about these apart from blogging. Honestly, I cannot do much.

little do I believe in parliamentary democracy / franchise...needs a different post.

thanks for your comments.

cheers

Vinod said...

It includes me as well... I hope i dont become an arm-chair-critic!

Lokesh said...

Indian crime and penal law has its root in English, French, German, American and Russian law. While Family law is by and large drawn from Hindu and Muslim.
It's very mature and progressive. though whatever issues propel around it are more to do with doing rather than with knowing.

itheabsolute said...

thanks for elaborating Lokesh. thanks for dropping by.