“When the republic is at its most corrupt the laws are most numerous”–Tacitus
Ayn Rand There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted and you create a nation of law-breakers.
How true ! This is what exactly seems to be happening in India.A wonky system of law-making ,derived from an antiquated British jurisprudence,which thrives on making laws the breaking of which is designed to warm the pockets of the guardians of law. If you do not wear a helmet while driving a motor cycle you end up losing Rs.50 as a bribe to the cop instead of getting deterred from committing the same crime the next time .Somebody gets a six years rigorous imprisonment for possessing a gun for two days merely because the law concerned says so. The rules keep multiplying as long as the civil servants who are again of the same stock as our British erstwhile masters can dish out chaste Victorian prose trying to envision all sorts of criminal possibilities .