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...who are we mocking at?

...yesterday was Tuesday. What happened to Pedestrian’s Day? Was that some kind of joke? First Pedestrian Day, there were policemen at every corner. People walked, talked, grumbled, made adjustments of time and other things but there was Pedestrian Day. Yesterday, during Pedestrian Day, all cars were moving freely, at least in Phuentsholing.

At one point of time, there was a ban on plastic bags. It died because of absence of alternatives. It died a distasteful death. Then there were numerous rules which mushroomed out of nowhere and ended nowhere.

The biggest jokes so far has been Tenancy and Tobacco Laws. With a monk being caught as the first victim of Tobacco Law, it sent one sms to monk body and thousand chills down the spines of "street" observer like me.

Law is a very serious business because it affects everyone of us. The best of laws may bring bitter consequences and also the results that were never expected but any law or rules to work; I feel that the people who would be subjected under it should be ready to do their part in observing it. People make the law. Law is necessary because all men are subject to unreasonable passions many times. If people were reasonable, law wouldn’t be necessary. Law is there to provide a way for people to live in harmony, settle disputes wisely in the interest of individual, community and the country as a whole. Law is expected to provide a peace of mind that arises from the knowledge every person has of his security.

When criminals breach the law, they take shelter under the law. To preserve our own security, we need good government and good government is built upon good law. Ultimately, it boils down to people like you and me who have to vote and select the people who make our laws wisely or make mockery of it. As a common man, we are given to understand that a cabinet minister, a civil servant or armed force personnels are to obey the laws as any humble citizen. Law is required to be impartial which uses the same language for all ranks and at all conditions. So how does some minister level people escape suspension and others not given shelter under law?

So there is a HUGE HUGE HUGE demand for Law to be constant, so that what was right yesterday is right today and right tomorrow. Law must be considered taking the circumstances within which it operates.

As technology progresses, economy expands and living standard of people rises, society will make progress. As society progresses, laws are expected to progress too and live upto the expectations of the society. What is relevant today may not necessarily be relevant few years from now but it cannot change overnight also. Further, we need to use same yardstick to measure everyone under the same law.


Anonymous said…
I have no say on other issues you raised here but you seem to have not been updated with the developments with regard to the Pedestrian's Day. It has been changed and made only once in a month - every first Sunday of the month. I am sorry if I have missed some points and as a result, posted this comment.
Its okay Langa. The sunday thing was expressed as an opinion by private sector and govt endorsed it but there was no specific time that was mentioned to make it operational. Even otherwise, the issue is not about pedestrian day. the issue is about having rules and laws that are flaunted off and on which has less or no credibility.

Thanks anyways for comments and have wonderful day.


Anonymous said…
I got you and thanks for the reply. You are welcome. The first paragraph is not that clear and quite not in tune to what you wanted to say. That's what I feel personally. Never mind. Cheers! :)

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