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Anarchy on the rise in a disordered republic

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As societies and nations evolve, they become more and more rule-based. Democratic societies generate rules based on a consensus. Once formulated, often after prolonged debate, all societies, open and closed, strenuously enforce these rules without which they would be riven with constant internal strife.
In India, on the other hand, we seem to be moving away from a rule-based order. Our politicians are so obsessed with retaining power that they are prepared to sacrifice order at the altar of electoral politics.

Thus, even traffic rules, increasingly flouted with impunity all over the country, cannot be enforced. Wrong side driving, jumping red lights and callous parking becomes the norm. This kind of lawlessness has become endemic in our cities and finds expression at all levels of society, in every socio-economic sphere.
When the average citizen finds everybody else flouting the rules, he or she too begins to break them. This behaviour breeds a population that doesn’t pay electricity bills, evades taxes, defaults on bank loans, disregards the traffic rules, challenges law enforcement, ignores the most basic of courtesies and bribes its way through countless misdemeanours.

Not surprisingly, crime in India has been rising exponentially. Today, murder statistics in India compare with the world’s most violent nations such as Mexico and Brazil, way above Pakistan and China. According to one estimate (2009), there were more than 40,752 murders in India compared to 13,860 in Pakistan and 13,410 in China.

Last year, London’s Guardian reported that India “is the world’s most dangerous country for women due to........

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