M.J. Akbar's Blog :Editorial Director of The Sunday Guardian, published from Delhi, India on Sunday, published from London.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Days of Judgement
Politicians fear the law, as indeed they should. But what truly terrifies
them is the great hall of justice known as the court of public opinion.
A court trial may be no more than an occupational hazard; the law,
moreover, is known to take its own course, particularly when like an ass
it defeats its own purpose through delay. But public opinion, while it
may take a while to reach the crescendo of judgement, is unwavering. It
is also relentless, delivering an unsentimental sentence every five
years or less through a set democratic framework.