Tales are many that when from a long queue of eager aspirants the god has to decide whom to permit entry to the heaven, he becomes extremely choosy and rarely admits those who practiced law in the earth.
Looking at 2 recent incidents in the city, one feels perhaps the god really has sufficient reasons for it.
Take the case of a railway magistrate, Mintu Mallick, who on last Saturday not only forced his way into the driver’s cabin of a local train, but also ordered the detention of the motorman and the guard for allegedly misbehaving with him (see TT story, May 7) after reaching Sealdah Court.
The incident set off a chain of lawlessness that ensured that no trains plied for close to 5 hours resulting into untold misery for thousands of stranded passengers at various stations.
There is now a second incident that supports god’s apparent reluctance. A High Court advocate, Anjan Mitra, in his eagerness to celebrate his son’s marriage like no one has seen before, has blocked one side of a main thoroughfare in Salt Lake to build a lavish pandal. Residents in thereabouts are perforce using the other side of the road for the last 3 days (see TT story, May 9).
Guess what does the advocate say when contacted by TT Metro? He has all the ‘permissions’ to erect the pandal right on the road.
Perhaps he has, given the importance of might in our society.
But then why to blame him? If Arun Nair and Liz Hurley can do it in style in Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort, why can’t Anjan Mitra for his son’s wedding on the road in front of his house? Indeed, why not?
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