Mar 04, 2024
Mar 04, 2024
Workshop # 17
Mankind from its inception has some traits which separate them from other living beings. We can love, trust, help and on other hand there are evil works like betrayal, harming others, and many more. Mankind can be divided into Black and White. Some are good and some are bad.
In ancient civilization like Egypt, Goddess Maat states fairness and truth. Ancient Romans and Greek adopted the image of a female goddess Justitia and we can say it is the founding of modern Judicial system. It also depicts Roman blindfolded Fortuna (luck) with Hellenistic Greek Tyche (fate), and sword-carrying Nemesis (vengeance).
In future we found Justitia with a set of scales in her left hand, by which she measures the equality and double-edged sword in her right hand, depicting the power of Reason and Justice.
So we can find the same image for Justice in different times or nations or in social environment, but it is interpreted by the people of that time only. Romans replaced ancient Egyptian Laws according to their own. The blindfold represents impartiality. But always it becomes the outlook of the society.
The vision of justice merged with our social views, presenting us the positive or the negative outlook of our society. Where people are suffering from corruption or evil, justice will only reflect the same. This is true for any civilization and time. How advanced or developed nation it might be, justice cannot remain impartial. If judiciary system remains more transparent and delivered quickly it can create faith in the mind of the people and can change social outlook of justice, thus creating a better society.
Remaining untouched from outer other influences like politics; religion is not an easy task. It is a difficult task to remain free from evils like corruption without outside monitoring. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
In our country it is a system that everyone tends to overlook. The systems of bureaucracy, politics and judiciary system is so much intertwined that no one really tries to untangle it. Justice is delayed and denied. Still we have hopes for there are some good people in the system who tries to change it little at a time. We have to encourage them, support them to make a new dawn.
In history we can observe when justice denied and lawlessness happens, one day common people rise above them to change the system. They became the justice. Are we waiting for such time?
Workshop # 17
Act! Oh, Goddess of Justice! by G. Venkatesh
Advocacy by Dr. Raj Vatsya
Against All Odds by Shernaz Wadia
Animal Farm Again by T. A. Ramesh
Before The Bench by Kamal Wadhwa
Blind Justice Symbolism by Rajha Rajesuwari Subhramanium
Blind to Hypocrisy by Jayaprakash Raghavan Pillai
Can Justice Reach India’s Toiling Masses? by Dr. Uddipan Mukherjee
Coomaraswamy’s Last Stand by Kamal Wadhwa
Encounter by Shernaz Wadia
Give Humanity A Chance by Rupradha Mookerjee
Gizzards by Afanwi Stella
How Long, Oh Goddess of Justice! by Dr. Kumarendra Mallick
In A World of Big Lies... by N. S. Murty
In Defense of A Committed Judiciary by Kamal Wadhwa
In(Justice) by Ramesh Anand
Is Justice Blind? by Nikhil Sharda
Is Justice Humane? by Shibsankar Bagchi
Is the Statue of Lady Justice Relevant in India Today? by Ganesh Joshi
Just Justice by Dr. Madhavi Godavarthy
Justice Delayed: Justice Denied by Bharat B. Trivedi
Justice Delivered by Janaki Janar
Justice for All by Mukesh Williams
Justice in Adversarial System by Dr. Raj Vatsya
Justitia Versus Justice by Ramesh Anand
Lady Justice by Ramesh Anand
Lady Justice’s a Pretty Nice Girl by Dipankar Dasgupta
Lost is Our Humanity by Rupradha Mookerjee
Miss Justice, a Villanelle by Steve Talbert
Mother Justice by Prof. Siva Prasad Peddi
On Her Blindness by G Swaminathan
Order by Dr. Raj Vatsya
Reform or Perish by Rajinder Puri
Reforming India’s Judiciary by Rajinder Puri
Rejoice! by Pavalamani Pragasam
Righteousness is Divine ... by Deepak Yadav
Self-realization through Internal Justice by Prof. Siva Prasad Peddi
Shall We? (Tyburn) by Ramesh Anand
She Laughs at It! (Senryu) by Ramesh Anand
Strength of a Woman by Yogita Tripathi
The Lady Justice's Lament by Ramesh Anand
The Lady of Justice by Supriya Bhandari
The Origins Of Justice by Gaurang Bhatt, MD
The President's Pardon by Jayaprakash Raghavan Pillai
The Public Prosecutor by Kamal Wadhwa
The Social Base by Prof. Siva Prasad Peddi
Universal Justice (NONET) by Ramesh Anand
Whatsoever (Limerick) by Ramesh Anand
Who Am I? by Dr. Shirisha Dabiru
Why? by Pavalamani Pragasam
More by : Shibsankar Bagchi
|God has given men the power to distinguish what is right what is wrong, what is just what is unjust, we have only to exercise our power of reason objectively and dispassionately. We are blinded by our self interest, we fail to bear that divine responsibility. There is no point in blaming any system. If we are just then we will be able to evolve a just system and enforce it justly. Here is a famous Tagore poem on that theme in my translation, published recently in boloji.
My lord, the scale of your justice
You have given to all.
O king of kings
You have bestowed on every one of us
Your power to rule, your power to judge.
May I humbly accept that difficult task,
That rarest honour.
When doing that task
None may I fear
May I be firm at your command
Where forgiveness is weakness.
At your prompts
Like a flaming sword
May only truth flare from my tongue.
Sitting on the seat of judgement
May I keep your honour.
In your hatred let them burn like grass
Those who do and those who suffer
Whatever is unjust.
Transcreation of sonnet number 70 from the collection Naivedya by Rabindranath Tagore.