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“Law will take its own course” chosen as the National Statement of India


However, there is no consensus over what this statement means

After a year-long probe, a Committee has recommended that “Law will take its own course” should be adopted as the “National Statement” of India. However, there is still no consensus over its meaning among the members.

A year-long probe into the probable meanings of the popular leitmotif of Indian politics, “Law will take its own course.” met its closure yesterday. Though parts of the report are now mysteriously afloat in the media, sources say it was solely intended for the use of PMO. While a separate probe has been ordered to find those responsible for the leak, the report itself has created quite a furore in the country. We present to you some excerpts that have made it into the media:

A RESEARCH ON THE POSSIBLE MEANINGS OF “LAW WILL TAKE ITS OWN COURSE”

Credits: Surendra, The Hindu

Credits: Surendra, The Hindu

“[…] owing to the implied optimism in the meaning of this sentence (which is also an instant acknowledgement of the idea—a mere idea—of a ‘democratic state’), it has been the last resort of cornered politicians for subtly deferring justice for a long time […]”

“[…] after analysing the innumerable instances of this statement over the years, the Committee has been unable to reach a consensus over the probable meanings of the word ‘course’ […] although the Committee has observed that ‘the course’ most likely depends on the political atmosphere of the country at a given time […] but no matter what ‘the course’ means, under all circumstances, it deviates considerably from ‘the course’ as interpreted by the common man and common sense […]”

“[…] the essence of the statement—as has been unanimously agreed to by all the members of the Committee—lies in the deliberate use of the auxiliary verb ‘will’ […]”

“[…] the Committee requests for the closure of this ongoing research with the sole recommendation that the enigmatic statement be considered to be adopted as the ‘National Statement’ of the country. The Committee recommends that the chorus of this statement be made mandatory at the beginning and the end of any and every Constitutional and Parliamentary proceeding […] the adoption will also give India the proud distinction of being the only country with its own ‘National Statement’ and it is very likely that others ‘will follow course’ in no time […]”

Unusually so, both the Opposition and the Government seemed pleased by the suggestions of the Committee. Our otherwise reticent Prime Minister has hinted at an all party meeting to hasten the process of the adoption of the National Statement. Many political commentators are of the opinion that a similar sense of urgency and a unity of purpose in Indian politics have been unheard of till date.

On the other hand, exasperated by the recommendations of the Committee, a popular yoga guru has claimed that he has a list of about hundred thousand pending cases where the politicians have misused the statement. However on a question by a reporter on his alleged role in a case of tax-evasion, he promptly reverted with his natural smile and stated “Law will take its own course.”

In yet another unusual set of surveys conducted by NTMN, the Chief Minister of Kerala (who had recently used the Statement to express optimism about the 1996 Suryanelli gangrape case) has been adjudged the happiest politician after the leaks of the Committee’s recommendations. Following in the list are the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy (who made a similar statement about legal action against Akbaruddin Owaisi), a remarkably rich actor involved in a hit and run case and black buck hunting, and the Central Government itself along with numerous other politicians.

Later in the day, a rather enthusiastic politician tweeted suggesting that the recommended National Statement be extended to: “We have full faith in Law. Law will take its own course.” because it emphatically reflects the spirit of the common citizen of India. In response a notorious satirist has released a spoof on the net saying that the statement must indeed be extended to that, because it emphatically reflects the spirit of the common politician of India. Unfortunately for the satirist, the enthusiastic politician has turned out to be the darling kid of an important minister. As expected, the Government has already ordered a probe into the matter and the poor writer is now in hiding.


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