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Archive for March, 2012

Feudalism Stunts Democracy

The historian Marc Bloch defined “feudal society” as a warrior aristocracy bound by vassalage. A lord was a noble who held land, the land was called a fief. Those granted possession by the lord were called vassals, expected to give service to their lord. Wealth was derived from agriculture organized not by market forces but by customary labor services owed by serfs to landowning nobles.

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MIXING FACTS WITH ILLUSION

The so-called ISI case by the Supreme Court (SC) case has nothing to do with ISI, the ISI did not distribute of funds to politicians in 1990. Even our respected Chief Justice (CJ) is now taking this perception to be a fact.

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Why fear the Ides of March?

Blatant nepotism and rampant corruption weakening the country’s integrity and sovereignty, all signs are pointing to a dangerous slide into anarchy. The Supreme Court (SC) does “note” the corruption, with respect that’s all they have done for the past three years. While military takeovers can never really be justified, where is the constitutional mechanism in the type of democratic dispensation availing to rescue the country from the mercy of those looting it at will? Trying to keep the Constitution aloft we are on a fail-safe timeline and would be lucky to exist as a country in the future, even as a Balkan-ized one!

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Private Security Business

Good governance in any society requires the safety and well-being of its citizens, peace and harmony cannot be maintained in isolation by the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) alone. Personal security remains the responsibility of the individual, corporate body, establishment, etc in any country of the world. While private security has given significant support to the LEAs in reducing their workload maintaining law and order, governments all over the world are increasingly turning to it as a cost-effective means. In US, UK Europe, etc govts are increasingly giving policing functions to the private sector, handing over management of jails, investigation of crimes, patrolling of select places, etc.

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Protecting the Guards

A decade or so ago a joint venture foreign (JV) security company was using non-armoured vehicles (known as “soft” vehicles) to transport cash alongwith their armoured vans. Cash cannot be transported in quantity except in armoured vehicles, it is against the law but it costs 4-5 times more to operate an armoured vehicle over a soft vehicle. Over a period of several years more than 50 of their guards were killed and many more injured in various incidents when dacoits attacked their non-armoured vehicles and sprayed them with automatic fire. Ultimately when a girl bystander was killed in the crossfire between the company guards and dacoits in a busy street in Lahore, the Lahore High Court (LHC) took serious notice and ordered compensation.

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Training the Guards

Macro-security being the business of the state, micro-security is the domain of individuals or organisations. With a citizen requiring the safety and security of his life and that of his family, property and business, and the state increasingly engaged in macro-security because of terrorism, private security business has become an industry in its own right.

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