Maintenance of law-and-order against perpetrators of planned violence and terror has always been a challenge difficult to meet through conventional justice. Can we draw lessons from the conduct of ‘the great Ones’ in applying obligatory duty and Dharma – abridged form of dynamic religion as ‘a must’ for an individual and the law-keepers!
* In the epic battle of Mahabharata, brave archer Karna was fighting for cunning treacherous Duryodhana. When left without any weapon and shield during his encounter with Arjuna, Karna seeks shelter of Dharma for ‘not to be attacked unarmed’. Krishna, the Charioteer (and Counsel) of Arjuna asks Karna if he upheld Dharma – when Draupadi was being disrobed following a rigged game of dices with Yudhisthra (in the main Hall of the Palace), when Arjuna’s young son, Abhimanyu was encircled in the Chakravyhu (a circled battle formation) and mercilessly slain unarmed collectively shamelessly. As Karna hangs his head in shame, Lord Krishna instructs hesitant Arjuna (being righteous by his disposition) to shoot his arrow and kill Karna.
Earlier in the time of Lord Rama, Rama himself shoots an arrow hiding behind a tree to kill the King Vali during a duel with his expelled brother Sugreeva. When dying Vali accuses Rama of thus transgressing Dharma, the Lord declares to him that he himself indulged in Adharma (against Dharma) by appropriating his brother’s wife.
Import of these incidents is that Dharma protects those who themselves uphold Dharma. But in the big picture of maintaining law-and-order, those who dispense such Justice must follow in the footsteps of the great Ones – to be the flawless agents of Justice. And, more importantly, the wheels of Justice must grind faster to provide justice to the sufferer/s.
* In modern time many a ‘misguided elements’ are believed to become perpetrators of terrorism inflicting mindless killings of the innocents. A Report tells, an experiment to persuade such terrorists to switch side has resulted in turning 90,000 Iraqis getting involved in protecting their hometowns against attacks and violence – the evil doers becoming the agents to contain violence they were part of. This, the military commanders claim turned around a difficult war in Iraq.
This kind of experiment may be seen as a middle path where coworkers in crime could part way, realizing fallacy of their past acts, and become fighters against the same. The system of Justice wins their hearts by helping them back in the social mainstream through amnesty for their past crimes, and jobs for rehabilitation.
This phenomenon is not new having been tried in case of rather conventional criminals like dacoits. However, success of such cases may not always be possible. Application to contain terrorists may be seen as an experiment heavily dependent on the strength of the Arbiter.
Humility has strength WHEN EXHIBITED by one capable of stronger actions than he is doing.
What is your say in the matter?
In these times of violence and fear one cannot escape, and
as we negotiate science-religion-materialism relationship
for meaning in our modern lives;
Individuals' participation to let its Charge charge-up global efforts
may be critical too for resolution
for Peace for WHO HAVE MOST AT STAKE.