Thursday, August 25, 2011

61, Bail without jail

Made for each other, jail and bail seem to be the twins separated at birth. Though these don't co-exist, each is incomplete without the other. Even the most courageous man, who may not need any weapon, cannot do without a bail. The institution of bail has kept lawyers gainfully engaged. On a lighter vein, a lawyer would argue: we firmly believe that under the law every person is considered innocent until proven unable to pay us back'.

Now out on bail, Dominique Strauss-Kahn or DSK has been one such powerful person who couldn't do without it. Arrested recently on charges of sexual assault on a chambermaid in his New York Hotel, the then head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)had to face a jail term. Though yet to be proven inncocent, DSK has nevertheless been helped in his bail by an army of lawyers!

Powerless men and men-in-power throughout modern history have had equal opportunity of going to jail, and being on bail later. That countries will face jail could never be imagined. It is only recently that Greece has been bailed out, for raping its citizens of vital monetary resources. No jail for such heinous crime though, it has been bail without jail....

Thursday, August 4, 2011

60. Goodbye `good', welcome `new good'

Celebrities have blurred the distinction between the good and the evil. With the gun-wielding actors, scam-tainted ministers, rape-charged politicians and killer police officers languishing in jails, the so-called `public good' of the recent past has quickly transformed into present-day `social evil'. Not for long, though! Out from jail, they return to hog the limelight through reality shows. One wonders if the evil is not the new good?

It may sound shocking but `goodness' in social life is seriously on the decline, having been replaced by what is conveniently termed as `lesser evil'. One marvels at the ingenuity of Hilary Clinton who set a trend by searching for a rare streak of goodness in Taliban, carving out `good taliban' from within the ranks and files of what till the other day was considered world's greatest enemy.

Whether you like it or not, evil has become a subjective term in the media-driven market economy of our times. The distinction between evil and good is no longer a moral or ethical question. Economics decides what is good and what is not. If an evil can sell better or can help upturn the economy, let it be the new good. Hasn't modern society endorsed good as euphemism for lesser evil?