The police, with their links with politicians on the one hand and
With criminals on the other, have become the protectors of vested
Interests with no more commitment and passion for law and justice.
People are more and more disillusioned with the extant political
Institutions. The percentage of the electorate that takes the trouble
of going to polling booths to cast votes is steadily decreasing from
election to election.
In a blinkered system like ours, where power and wealth are the ultimate virtues and where power and wealth in themselves stimulate mutual growth, to the exclusion of all other dimensions of life it is no wonder that the people of this poor country succumb to the trappings of power and wealth at the cost of all virtues, values, pride, dignity and human decency.
In an increasingly competitive and complex world, where every day, more mouths are added to share limited resources, where the principle of the survival-of-the fittest operates to its logical end and where the basic needs of survival and decency can be assured only with power and wealth, people naturally go all out to ramp the ladder of power and wealth by whatever means and cost.
In the process, justice and morality become casualties. Criminality too raises its ugly head as an instrument to achieve otherwise impossible objectives. This is how politics and crime knit together in the fabric of Indian public life.
The story of the police is somewhat different. As an important part of the nation\u2019s administration, the police enjoy tremendous power over vast fields of human activities with responsibilities towards the life and death of the hoi polloi as well as dignitaries. In this sense, the police are the cutting edge of the State power and its ultimate bearer.
No power can be its own law without the police on its side as an executioner and loyal watch dog. This is why politicians in their activities feel the need for wooing the police to their side.
So law, justice, righteousness, professional ethics, morality decency, human dignity, the common good of people, national interests and even conscience-otherwise common to any human being-have become invalid nonsense to them
The police, sans sound character and personal integrity, are no more than country dogs. This is what the Indian police have become in free India. The politicians, inebriated with new power, smartly brought these weaklings to absolute submission and held them on a tight-leash to be their personal watch dogs and personal gendarmes-in- requital for favourable job placements, undue promotions and other largesse from time to time.Nothing is valued higher than this largesse and its dispensers by the new police
It was a hop and skip for the police from the ugly world of politics to the mysterious world of crime and the underworld. The police have become a weapon of politicians to bring about the subjugation of the crime world to use its resources for political ends.
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