Is Justice Humane?

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    


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Comment 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.
Saluting you
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.

14-Dec-2010 03:05 AM

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