Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Should judge's receive awards?

How would you react:
- if a judge is given a 'good job done' reward?
- if a judge is given a prize for doing an exemplary job?

Perhaps, you will be happy! Think again.

Judges have a very important role to play in society. Just as they should not be seen receiving any favors or special treatment from a politician or any body, same way - recieving awards of any kind while in active service sounds completely out of order. The news in question here is some district and session court judges in karnataka being felicitated with cash award of Rs 10,000/=, a plaque and a citation, for promoting kannada language.

Ok, one may argue that this was just an appreciation for their usage of the local language; but if this practice continues, what prevents any 'body' or 'organization' from rewarding select judges for 'good job done', 'delivering excellent judgements', 'delivering immediate judgement' and so on...! Would it mean if your case lands up in the court of a judge who hasn't received a 'good job done' reward, you are not going to get 'enough' justice?

What is even more surprising that judge's chose to receive such awards! From my limited knowledge, in countries around the world - this is a completely unheard of practice.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Trying to Shine in Reflected Glory

Abhinav Bindra wins a Gold at Olympics!

What followed?
  • Chattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh announced Rs one lakh for Bindra.
  • Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan came up with a reward of Rs five lakh for his "golden performance".
  • Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh announced a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh for Bindra
  • The Indian Cricket Board, the game's richest body in the world, announced a reward of Rs 25 lakh for Bindra
  • Railway Minister Lalu Prasad announced a free lifetime pass for travel by AC first class for the shooter.
  • The Haryana government has pitched in with Rs 25 lakh and the Chandigarh Administration has decided to reward him with Rs five lakh.

ALL the above have ZERO role to play in Abhinav's success. In all probability they wouldn't even be aware of Abhinav's participation or the event in which he particpated - in Olympics - until he won.

But, they want to shine in Reflected Glory! What has Chattisgarh got to do with Abhinav's success? And MP Chief Minister, since when did thy become a sports lover Mr Minister.

Their cheap antics are further exposed by the fact that - these so called political leaders do next-to-nothing to encourage sports in the country. They only know how to sit on the various sports federations and actively play politics there.