The political scenario in the country is abuzz with news and views on the impending appearance of two of the most prominent political figures and arguably the first family of Indian politics- Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi in the trial court in the capital in connection with the National Herald Case where the mother-son duo, along with five others were accused for allegedly cheating and misappropriation of funds in taking control of the now-defunct paper. Regardless of the outcome of the case, which, if one is to draw references from the past, is poised for a long drawn affair, what has piqued the interest of the nation is the exceptional ferocity with which the congress is trying to prevent its president and vice president from personally appearing in the court. The congress president has publicly reasserted her relationship with Indira Gandhi as well as her denial to be intimidated. Yet, in what can only be described as a stark contrast to her declaration, the reluctance to cooperate in the case and unwillingness to stand up and clear their names before the law of the land clearly indicates that the allegations just might have some substance to it. More importantly, despite the congress projecting the issue as a conspiracy theory and a political vendetta to malign the image of the party, nothing could have salvaged the prestige and image more than the courage of its leaders in offering themselves for scrutiny by the law.
Undoubtedly, the tremor of the political shakedown must have been felt by the rest of the country. Incidentally, in a state where the law of the land has been twisted and gagged for long such as ours, the development at the centre should be viewed with restrained positivity, especially in view of the increasingly frequent reports of misappropriations, favoritism and nepotism as well as corruption in every sphere of public domain in Manipur. The law and its arms, unfortunately, are evidently being twisted, or more frighteningly are hand in glove, and as a result, the public has been robbed and burgled in broad daylight with neither the means nor the support to have their grievances resolved. The unfolding drama holds out a beacon of hope for the countless people who have, against their better judgment, been forced to accept the system distorted by those in power and position to advance their narrow personal ends at the expense of the majority.
There is an emergent need for the upholders of law to assert their place in the system, and to expedite its functioning so that everyone whether it be the king, the common man, the pauper or the prince are met out the same treatment. Most important of all, the delicate parity between the judiciary and the executive must be maintained if the trust and support of the public is to be restored. The law needs to be blind to the position and power of its citizens but must keep its eyes wide open for any challenges or disturbances to the system. It is high time the law exercise its powers to tighten the noose around those who are threatening to usurp the system.